Back up to OneDrive the pictures taken with your Android smartphone, in 4 steps

OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage service for both home and business users. We use it daily to back up our files, and synchronize them across devices. If you use OneDrive for Windows, you should also install it on your Android smartphone and tablet. If you take a lot of pictures, consider enabling the camera upload feature, so that you back up your pictures and movies, with OneDrive, and get access to them on your Windows devices. Here is how to configure the OneDrive app for Android, to back up your pictures and movies:

Step 1. Open OneDrive in Android and access its Settings

The first step is to open the OneDrive app on your Android smartphone or tablet. If you are not connected with a Microsoft account or a business account, in the OneDrive app, you should connect to your account. If you need some help with that, read this guide: How to set up OneDrive on your Android smartphone or tablet. Then, in the OneDrive app, tap the Me entry on the bottom of the screen.

You see several options related to OneDrive's functioning. Tap Settings.

Step 2. Access the camera upload settings in OneDrive

In the list of settings, look for the entry that says: "Camera upload." If you have not configured OneDrive before, it should say that your photos are not being uploaded.

Step 3. Enable the camera upload in OneDrive for Android

Now you see only a switch for the "Camera upload." Set the switch to On.

Now the camera upload is activated, and the pictures that you take with your Android smartphone or tablet are uploaded to OneDrive. Also, existing pictures start to get uploaded as soon as possible, depending on your settings.

Step 4. Configure when and how the camera upload works in OneDrive for Android

Next, you should set when the upload is performed, whether or not to include videos, and whether you want to add other picture folders to the automatic upload.

First, tap Upload using and choose whether you want the upload to be performed only when connected to WiFi, or also when connected to a mobile network.

Next, tap Additional folders. You see a list with other folders that contain pictures and videos, like WhatsApp Images, WhatsApp Video, Instagram, Movies, and so on. Choose whether you want to also back up the contents of these folders to OneDrive, by setting their switches On or Off.

Tap the Back arrow on the top-left corner of the screen, and configure the other two settings: whether you want to upload pictures to OneDrive only while your Android device is charging, and whether you want the backup to include videos alongside pictures.

When you are done setting everything, close the OneDrive app, and the picture backups are going to be performed automatically, according to your preferences.

Is OneDrive doing a good job at backing up and synchronizing your pictures?

If you use OneDrive on your Windows devices, it is a good idea to enable it on your Android smartphones and tablets. This way, you have access to your data in Microsoft's cloud storage service from anywhere. Also, the pictures you take with your Android smartphone get synchronized to your Windows devices and the other way around. Test this feature and tell us how well it works for you, in the comments below.