By Lena / Last update September 29, 2020

The Necessity to Backup Photos to OneDrive

To record memorable moments in daily life, you might be used to taking photos frequently and appreciate them in leisure time. But as you know, PC and mobile devices both have limited space, and are prone to artificial or unartificial damages. So it's necesarry to store important data in a safer place, e.g. backing up photos to OneDrive.

Compared with physical devices, the online storage service like OneDrive is a cheaper option with greater safety. You do not need to worry about the hard drive failure, virus attack or other situations that would cause the photo loss. What’s more, the cloud storage service enables you to access the photos from anywhere as long as the Internet is available.

Besides, OneDrive offers 5GB free storage once you have signed up, which allows you to upload a lot photos already. You can get even more space by subscribing to Office 365. 

Now, I'll show you the approaches to backup photos to OneDrive from PC, Android phone and iPhone.

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How to Backup Photos to OneDrive?

First of all, go to OneDrive official site to download the desktop app, and sign in with your OneDrive account (which is your Microsoft account). Then set up it properly. It will create a OneDrive folder located on C:\Users\\OneDrive by default. Using it, you can easily upload photos to OneDrive.

1. Default way to backup photos to OneDrive from computer

To upload photos to OneDrive from PC, you can simply copy or drag them to the OneDrive folder. Then it will be automatically synchronized to OneDrive.

Step 1. You can first put the photos in a folder.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and select Copy.

Step 3. Open the OneDrive folder and right-click > Select the Paste to make it.

Paste Folder

Optionally, you can sign-in the official site, drag or Upload photos to My files on website. Thus these photos will be synchronized to OneDrive as well.

Onedrive My Files

If you only need to backup a few photos, the default way can help you upload photos from PC to OneDrive easily. However, if you have a large number of photos that need to be backed up, you’d better not to choose this method as it will take a lot of time.

In addition, it’s always a pain trying not to forget backup. It will be much more convenient if you can set up a schedue to automatically upload photos to OneDrive. In this case, a free alternative with more complete features and fast speed may serve you better. 

2. Free alternative to auto backup photos to OneDrive from PC 

Is there a more convenient solution for uploading photos to OneDrive from PC? Well, AOMEI Backupper Standard might be a good choice.

It's a free backup tool designed for Windows users, which can help you to backup Windows PC to OneDrive. With its complete features, all kinds of files including photos, music, videos, documents, etc. can be put under protection effortlessly.

What's more, with the automatic sync feature, you can also automatically upload photos to OneDrive on Daily/Weekly/Monthly/etc. basis. In this way, you don't need to manually set up a upload task every single time.

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◆ Note the photo backup here actually refers to file sync. It will create a copy of the data with original format for direct browsing and using. If you just want to upload these photos as preventive measures for data loss, you can also use backup feature to create a image (which takes up less space) on OneDrive. It's all up to you.

Here I'll show you how to automatically upload photos to OneDrive from PC.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, click Sync > Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Name the task, then click Add Folder to choose the folder that contains the photos you want to upload. You can add multiple folders as you like.

Then expand the drop-down menu of destination box and choose Select a cloud drive. Select OneDrive in the popping out windows and click OK.

Select Network Location

Step 3. Click Schedule to set your custom scheduled backup task. You can backup photos daily/weekly/monthly as your need. Click OK to confirm and click Start Sync to start.

Start Sync To Onedrive


  • If you want to automatically sync any changed files from the source directory to the destination in real time, you can upgrade to Professional edition to use the Real-Time Sync feature.

  • There are two more advanced Schedule options : Event triggers and USB plug in. You can use them in Pro or higher editions.

  • Besides backing up files to OneDrive, AOMEI Backupper also allows you to backup files to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc.

3. Backup Photos to OneDrive from iPhone or Android

Sometimes you may want to back up photos to OneDrive from your cellphone directly. It's very easy. Just download the OneDrive app on your Android phone or iPhone, then follow the steps below to upload photos to OneDrive.

Step 1. Open OneDrive app and tap Me icon.

Step 2. Tap Settings.

Step 3. Tap Camera upload and turn on Camera upload to automatically upload photos/videos to OneDrive.


  • It will automatically upload Android/iPhone photos to OneDrive when connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can also use your mobile network. In Android, go to Settings > Camera backup > Upload using > choose Wi-Fi and mobile network; In iPhone, go to Settings > tap Camera upload > turn on Use Mobile Network.

  • For iPhone users, you can turn on Include Videos to automatically upload certain videos.

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Now you've known how to backup photos to OneDrive from PC, Android phone and iPhone. It’s convenient to do it with the OneDrop app, but if you want to automatically backup a lot of  photos to OneDrive from computer, AOMEI Backupper is the way to go.

In addition to photos backup, AOMEI Backupper can also help you backup system, disks, partitions. In a word, it’s one comprehensive backup tool that can provide full protection for your computer.