Automatically save the photos and videos I take to SkyDrive

Looking for a set-it-and-forget-it way to back up the photos and videos you take on your phone? Look no further—in just a couple of taps, you can set your phone to automatically save them all to Microsoft SkyDrive, either at full resolution or at a smaller size. That way, even if your phone ends up at the bottom of a lake, your memories will be safe and sound in the cloud.

To automatically save photos and videos to SkyDrive

You can choose to save photos, videos, or both, at full or reduced resolution.

  1. In the App list, tap Photos Photos icon.

  2. Tap More More icon, and then tap Settings.

  3. Under Auto upload, tap SkyDrive.

  4. Under Photos or Videos, tap the upload type you want: Good quality for lower resolution or Best quality for full resolution.


  • Selecting Best quality will upload only photos that are 10 megapixels or smaller. To get larger photos off your phone, you’ll need to use File Explorer or Windows Explorer (if you've got a PC) or the Windows Phone app for Mac (if you've got a Mac). For more info about how to do this, see Sync photos and videos using my computer.
  • If you choose Good quality, your photos or videos may be uploaded to SkyDrive using your cellular data plan (if you connect to a Wi-Fi network, they'll be uploaded over Wi-Fi). If you choose Best quality, your photos and videos will only be uploaded when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • To turn on auto-uploading for any apps you've installed that have uploading capability, under Auto upload, tap Apps (if you don't have any such apps installed, you'll be able to search for some in the Store).

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