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What Is OneDrive and How Does It Work?

What you need to know about Microsoft’s cloud storage services

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service. It comes with a Microsoft 365 software package or you can get a free standalone account. You can save files such as photos, music, and videos to your account, access them from multiple devices, and share them with others.

Is OneDrive free?

OneDrive offers 5GB of storage for both free and paid plans. For 100GB, it starts from $ 1.99 per month. Microsoft also offers 1TB of storage ($ 69.99 / year) for Microsoft 365 Personal customers and 6TB ($ 99.99 / year) for users of the Microsoft 365 family. (1 TB for each family of 6)

In addition to photos, videos, music and other media, you can save Excel and other Office files to your account.

What do I need for my Microsoft OneDrive account?

You need a Microsoft account that you can get via OneDrive, Hotmail and Outlook, Skype, and the Xbox network. OneDrive can be used with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and Xbox console web browsers or apps.

OneDrive is pre-installed on Windows 10, and there is also a Windows 10 OneDrive app in the Microsoft Store app store.

OneDrive features

OneDrive works just like any cloud storage competitor. The main features you should know about them are:

  • backup: All the files you save to OneDrive are in the cloud, so if your device is lost or damaged, or if your device fails, you won’t lose access.
  • share: You can share files, folders and photos with others instead of sending emails or using a USB flash drive. You can send a link to the file via email or SMS.
  • Document scan: You can scan documents, receipts, business cards and other types of documents and media directly from your mobile device to OneDrive.
  • Personal safe: Protect sensitive files with PINs, fingerprints, faces, or codes sent by email or SMS. You can also use Microsoft Authenticator to lock the file. (Microsoft Authenticator is easy to set up.) You can scan files from your mobile device and save them to your vault. The vault uses Bitlocker encryption, which automatically locks your account after it has been inactive for a period of time.
  • Automatic photo upload: You can set the OneDrive mobile app to automatically save your photos and videos to your account.

How to use OneDrive


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What Is OneDrive and How Does It Work?

What to know about Microsoft’s cloud storage service

OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft. It comes with the Microsoft 365 suite of software, or you can get a free standalone account. You can save files, including photos, music, and video, to your account, access them on multiple devices, and share them with others. 

Is OneDrive Free?

OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage for free and paid plans starting at $1.99 per month for 100 GB. Microsoft also offers 1 TB of storage for Microsoft 365 Personal ($69.99 per year) customers and 6 TB for Microsoft 365 Family ($99.99 per year) users. (1 TB each for six family members.)

You can save Excel, and other Office files to your account in addition to photos, videos, music, and other media.

What Does a Microsoft OneDrive Account Require?

OneDrive requires a Microsoft account, which you can get via Hotmail and Outlook email, Skype, and the Xbox network. You can use OneDrive in a web browser or the app on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and Xbox consoles.

Windows 10 comes with OneDrive pre-installed, and there’s also a Windows 10 OneDrive app available in the Microsoft Store app store.

OneDrive Features

OneDrive works similarly to its competitors in the cloud storage space. These are the main features to know about:

Backups: All the files you save in OneDrive are in the cloud, so if you lose or damage a device or it stops working, you won’t lose access. 
Sharing: You can share files, folders, and photos with others rather than sending emails or using a USB drive. You can send a link to the files by email or text.
Document scanning: You can scan documents, receipts, business cards, and other types of paperwork and media from your mobile device right to OneDrive. 
Personal Vault: Protect sensitive files with a PIN, fingerprint, face, or a code sent by email or text. You can also use the Microsoft Authenticator to lock files. (The Microsoft Authenticator is easy to set up.) And you can scan files from your mobile device and save them to your vault. The vault uses Bitlocker encryption, and your account automatically locks when you haven’t been active for a specific amount of time.
Automatic photo uploads: You can set the OneDrive mobile app to save photos and videos to your account automatically.
How to Use OneDrive

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