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Automatically save the photos and videos I take to OneDrive

Looking for a set-it-and-forget-it way to back up the photos and videos you take on your Windows Phone? Just set your phone to automatically save them all to Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), at full or reduced resolution. 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 OneDrive

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

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

  3. Under Auto upload, tap OneDrive.

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


  • If you choose Good quality, your photos or videos may be uploaded to OneDrive using your cellular data plan, which may incur charges. (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).

To save individual photos to OneDrive

If you don't want to automatically save photos to OneDrive but still want to back up a few of your favorites from time to time, tap OneDrive OneDrive icon in the App list, and then tap Add Plus icon. You'll be taken to your photos, where you can tap any picture you want to upload.

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