How to Backup Photos to OneDrive from PC/Android/iPhone?

April 4, 2019

How to backup photos to OneDrive from computer or mobile device? This guide will tell you all the info you want to know.

The Necessity to Backup Photos to OneDrive

To record the memorable moments in daily life, most of us would like to take photos with the cellphone or digital camera. And it’s really a pleasure to watch those photos in leisure time. Since every picture means something to you, so you are planning to store them in a safe place.

Compared to the real storage devices like the disk hard drive or a USB flash drive, the online storage service like OneDrive is relatively a good option. You do not need to worry about the hard drive failure, virus attack and all the other situations that would cause the photo loss. What’s more, the cloud storage service allows you to access the photos from anywhere as long as the Internet is available.

OneDrive is a good choice to backup photos. It offers 5GB free storage once you have signed up. And you can sign up for Office 365 to get more storage space. Next, we will show you how to backup photos to OneDrive from PC, Android phone and iPhone.

How to Backup Photos to OneDrive?

First, go to OneDrive official site and sign in with your OneDrive account. Then download the OneDrive desktop app on your computer. It will create a folder located on C:\Users\\OneDrive by default. You can also install it in other locations you prefer.

Part 1. How to Backup Photos to OneDrive from Computer?

1. Backup Photos to OneDrive with OneDrive Folder

To upload photos from PC to OneDrive, the copy-and-paste way is a good choice. Since there is a OneDrive Folder on the computer, you can simply copy the photos to that folder and then it will sync to the OneDrive.

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

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

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

In addition, it’s always a pain trying to remember to upload photos from PC to OneDrive. So is there a more convenient backup solution? Well, the answer is Yes. One free backup tool named AOMEI Backupper can help you automatically backup photos to OneDrive. Just keep reading to learn more.

2. Backup Photos to OneDrive Automatically with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is one free backup tool designed for Windows users, which can help you backup Windows PC to OneDrive without effort. It can help you backup all kinds of files to OneDrive, like photos, music, videos, documents, etc.

With the automatic sync feature, you can let it automatically backup photos to OneDrive everyday/weekly/monthly. In this way, you won’t worry about forgetting to backup photos someday.

How about give it a try? First download it on your Windows 10/8/7 computer, and then follow the steps below to back photos from PC to OneDrive.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard > Click Backup > Choose File Sync.

Select File Sync

Step 2. Name the task > Click Add Folder to choose the folder that contains the photos you want to upload > Click the drop-down menu in the “Step 2” column and click Select a cloud drive > Choose your OneDrive and click OK to confirm.

Select Onedrive

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

Start Sync


1. When you add new photos to the source folder on your computer next time, AOMEI Backupper will sync them to the OneDrive folder automatically.

2. There are three more options in Schedule: Event triggers, USB plug in and Real-time Sync. They are supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional. You can download the free trial version to explore these features.

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

Part 2. How to Backup Photos to OneDrive from Mobile Device?

Sometimes you may want to backup photos to OneDrive from your cellphone directly. First download the OneDrive app on your Android phone or iPhone, and 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.


1. It will automatically upload Android/iPhone photos to OneDrive when connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can also use your mobile network.

  • Android phone: go to Settings > Camera backup > Upload using > choose Wi-Fi and mobile network.

  • iPhone: go to Settings > tap Camera upload > turn on Use Mobile Network.

2. For iPhone users, you can turn on Include Videos to make sure videos automatically upload.


Now you know the way to backup photos to OneDrive from PC, Android phone and iPhone. It’s simple to make it with the detailed steps. And if you want to automatically backup photos to OneDrive from computer, then AOMEI Backupper is the way to go.

Besides 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. Just give it a try by yourself.