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Automatically save photos and videos with OneDrive for Android

The camera roll on your device only backups to Microsoft OneDrive - it does not sync photos both ways. That means you can delete backed up photos and videos from your device, and the copies in OneDrive won't be affected. 

To automatically backup your camera roll to OneDrive

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app.

  2. Tap Settings OneDrive settings then Camera backup.

    Important: Camera Backup can only be used on one account at a time. If you are also a OneDrive for work or schooluser, select the appropriate Camera backup account.

  3. Set Choose the account you want to back up and select Confirm.

  4. To make sure videos automatically backup, turn on Include videos


  • To help preserve your device battery while downloading, select the Backup only when charging checkbox.

  • The OneDrive cloud icon may briefly appear in your Android notifications as part of the normal backup process.

  • Select Organize by date to group your camera roll by year or month.

How to include additional pictures folders to my OneDrive camera roll

You can also backup other folders where you save or receive images, such as social media and third-party photo editing apps:

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap the Me icon Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS at the bottom of the app.

  2. Tap Settings OneDrive settings then Camera backup.

  3. Tap Back up device folders.

  4. Flip the categorize toggle OneDrive app toggle on if you want to keep the original folders, and flip it off if you want all images to go into your Camera Roll folder.

  5. Scroll through the list and choose which folders you want to be backed up.

If OneDrive camera backup isn’t working

If automatic camera backup isn’t working, open the OneDrive app. Backups will only happen if the app is running, so swiping the app up to close it will prevent automatic backups.

If it still isn't working or only some pictures are backed up, follow these steps:

  1. In the OneDrive app, tap the Me Person icon in OneDrive app for iOS  then Settings OneDrive settings then Camera backup.

  2. Check that Camera backup toggle is switched on OneDrive app toggle.

  3. Check the Camera backup account is the correct account.

  4. If you're not connected to Wi-Fi, check Backup using is set to include mobile network.

  5. Check that the Backup only when charging checkbox isn't selected.

  6. If your videos are not showing in your camera roll, check that Include videos is set on.

  7. On This Day albums will only show if you have taken 10 or more photos on that day.

  8. If your camera backup is taking too long to set up or look for photos, without giving any error message, it could be because you have too many photos in your camera roll, or that you are out of storage space. Read What does it mean when your OneDrive account is frozen?

  9. If Samsung Gallery backup isn’t working, read about Samsung Gallery and OneDrive.

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