How to set up OneDrive on your Android smartphone or tablet

We constantly hear about " the cloud " these days. It's so popular that mobile device manufacturers often decide against increasing storage capacity for their new entry-level products, because it's not considered cool to store content locally anymore. Choose the cloud storage provider you like the most, install their client app and set it up and there you go, you're in the cloud. There are several great cloud storage providers, each with its own pros and cons: Dropbox is one of the popular ones, Google Drive is easy to use for those that already use a Google account, but in this article, we'll talk about Microsoft's product, namely Microsoft OneDrive. We'll teach you how to setup OneDrive on your Android smartphone or tablet:

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.

Install the OneDrive app from the Google Play Store

Before being able to use OneDrive, you'll have to install its client app from the Play Store , so fire up the store and search for OneDrive in the search bar. Almost certainly the one you're looking for will be the first result in the list, so select it and tap on Install to install the app.

After installing the app, open up the app drawer from your homescreen and launch the OneDrive app - it's easy to spot because it has two blue clouds for the icon.

Setting up your OneDrive account

When first opened, the Microsoft OneDrive app shows its users the highlights as a 4 screen presentation. Swipe the screen to the left to slide through the presentation screens and read about the app's features.

After you're finished with the initial presentation, the OneDrive app offers you the option of creating a OneDrive account from the app or logging in with your existing OneDrive account.

Since we already had an existing Microsoft account , we merely had to choose the Sign in option and login the app with the username and password of our account.

If you don't already have a Microsoft account, tap on the Sign up button to create a new Microsoft account. You just need to give your email address and choose a password for the account.

Note that Microsoft doesn't play around when it comes to your security. For your Microsoft account, they will only approve passwords that include a mix of lowercase and uppercase characters and at least one number, so keep this in mind when choosing your account password.

After you're done with creating a new Microsoft account or logging in with your existing account, you will be presented with the newest features Microsoft has integrated into this app.

Tap the Back arrow when you're done with catching up with the news to return to the list of your files that you've stored in OneDrive.

You'll notice that Microsoft already took the liberty of populating your newly created account with a Documents folder and a Pictures folder, as well as a Getting started guide for you.

And this concludes the setup of the OneDrive app on your Android smartphone or tablet!


Microsoft's OneDrive cloud solution offers 5GB of space from the beginning with the free account, that can be expanded to 30 GB of space by recommending the service to your friends or by connecting and syncing your camera photos with the cloud. While there are other solutions that offer more space with a free account, Microsoft's service integrates seamlessly with your device and has the option of automatically backing up your files. It offers clients for all the major operating systems (no Linux support, however), including the Xbox console. So if you should choose Microsoft for your cloud storage provider, you will surely be happy with your choice. And now you also know how to set it up on your Android device.