Backup to OneDrive the pictures taken with your Android smartphone

Have you heard about Microsoft’s runner in the cloud race - OneDrive? Are you already a OneDrive user? Last time we delved into the story of OneDrive on Android, we taught you how to install and configure the OneDrive app on your Android device. But now we’re going to make it more interesting: how cool would it be if the OneDrive app would catch all the photos you take with your device’s camera and store them automatically on your OneDrive storage, making them accessible virtually anywhere? Well, you’re in luck, because the OneDrive app can actually do that. In this article, we’re going to teach you how to configure it to do so:

NOTE: For the purpose of this tutorial, we used a Google Nexus 5 device running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The procedures are similar on all Android powered devices, so you should be good to go even if you're running a different version of Android on your device.

How to set the OneDrive app to automatically backup your pictures, on your Android smartphone

The very first step you’ll have to t ake is to fire up the Microsoft OneDrive app on your Android device. Open the app drawer, find the app and tap on its shortcut to open it. We’ll go ahead and assume you have it installed and configured. If anything’s missing, follow our previous tutorial: How to set up OneDrive on your Android smartphone or tablet.

With the OneDrive app on the screen, tap on the Menu icon in the top-left corner. It looks like three horizontal lines.

A menu is opened with several options. Notice the Settings button on the bottom. Tap on it to go to the Settings panel of the OneDrive app.

Here you’ll find listed all the settings of the OneDrive app. Among them, find the Camera upload option and notice it says that your photos aren’t currently being uploaded to the OneDrive cloud.

Tap this option to open the screen with the relevant settings.

In the following screen, you’ll find only one option available: the Camera upload switch . Turn on the feature by tapping on the switch.

Once the feature is turned on, additional settings appear below. You can set your device to synchronize your photos only when it is connected to a Wi-Fi wireless network, so that it doesn’t affect your mobile data plan, or upload them to the cloud only when your device is charging, to save valuable battery time. You can also choose to include videos shot with the device or leave them out of the cloud.

And with that, your device is set to synchronize all the photos and videos you shoot with your device to the OneDrive cloud, in your own personal storage space.


Microsoft offers 5GB of storage space by default, with every new account you sign up. Up until recently, you could register for an additional 15 GB of storage space when you enabled your device to sync your photos and videos to the cloud. However, the 31st of January 2016 was the last day you could register for 15 GB of storage space. Microsoft decided that this bonus will not be given to their users anymore and that raised some pretty bad controversies, nonetheless justified. What will happen next and how Microsoft will decide to handle this in the future remains to be seen, but however this will go, Microsoft OneDrive is still one of the strong players among the cloud providers out there and it will surely not step down from its place.