Microsoft OneDrive Review: The Pros & Cons in 2023 (2023)


You don’t have to know much about cloud storage to have heard about Microsoft’s popular OneDrive cloud storage solution. Chances are that you might have already used it because computers that run Windows 10 automatically include the OneDrive desktop app.

OneDrive makes it easy to store data with automatic backups and syncing, user-friendly interfaces for each of its apps, and useful features so you can access your data from almost anywhere. Even though it’s a popular solution, is OneDrive the right option for you?

I reviewed OneDrive’s various features, focusing on its ease of use, security options, performance, and other key areas to see if it lived up to expectations. I was impressed by quite a few of its offerings, but there were some areas that missed the mark.



Simple, Reliable Cloud Storage Solution

Data Server LocationsSingapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Ireland, France, India, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, UK, and US
Backup and Restore OptionsContinuous/scheduled backup, backup status reports, offline restore option
Limits and RestrictionsLimits on file size and type, fair use limits, bandwidth throttling
Applications and Operating SystemsWindows Server 2008 and later, Windows 7 and later, macOS X 10.12x and later, iOS and Android mobile apps
Encryption KeysAES-256 encryption, TLS 1.2 encryption, optional private encryption key
File AccessVia web, desktop, and mobile apps, multi-device syncing
File Sharing

Selective File Syncing for Backups

OneDrive is designed to function as both cloud storage and a cloud backup. You can sync documents, videos, audio, and photos using any of OneDrive’s available apps – mobile, desktop, and web. That same data can be backed up, but only through the desktop app. I was a bit disappointed to discover that you can’t schedule backups with OneDrive.

Once you’ve started your sync, you can use the desktop app to select which files will appear on the device. I like this feature because it means you can connect multiple computers to OneDrive and decide which folders each computer has access to.

You can choose which folders you want synced to your device

With a free plan, files over 250MB in size can’t be uploaded to OneDrive, but you can upgrade to a school or work account to remove this restriction. Temporary files and those with invalid file names are automatically exempt from uploading, which means backing up your entire computer system isn’t possible.

There’s an “in-house” backup option that will automatically back up your Documents, Photos, and Desktop folders. Unfortunately, these are the only folder options for backups. You’ll have to move any important files to these folders if you want them automatically backed up.

Two Levels of Data Retention (For Paid Plans)

You can restore files from the Recycle Bin within 30 days of deletion

If you have a full Microsoft 365 subscription, you can use a feature called Files Restore to undo any actions that occurred within the last 30 days. This feature is especially helpful if your file has been deleted or corrupted. Without the subscription, you can restore files from the web app through OneDrive’s version history or from your account’s Recycle Bin.

With a personal account, your files are retained for 30 days – unless your Recycle Bin is full. If it is, the oldest files will be deleted after three days to make room for the newer (deleted) files.

If your account is school or work-related, you’ll have an automatic 93-day retention period. Files that are deleted from the OneDrive Recycle Bin before this time is up will go to the second-stage Recycle Bin, where they’ll remain until restored by an account administrator or removed at the end of the retention period.

Multiple Layers of Security

OneDrive has multiple options for securing your data

The first step to managing your security settings with any service starts with you: a strong password for your account goes a long way. Once you’ve got this down, OneDrive has a few options for increased protection.

By adding multiple account verifications (a recovery email address, contact number, and security question), it’s possible for OneDrive to verify your account even if you’ve forgotten your password. Through the mobile app, you can set up two-factor authentication and enable mobile device encryption

OneDrive uses both AES-256 and TLS 1.2 encryption, which are industry standards, and operates under a zero-standing access policy. This means that your files are securely encrypted and OneDrive does not have access to your account unless you grant it.

If you’re a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you’ll have even more security with Defender, which is designed to keep you safe from viruses, scammers, cybercriminals, and ransomware. Microsoft also uses automated monitoring systems to scan for suspicious activity and goes to great lengths to ensure that server sites are operated by trusted, authorized technicians.


Ease of use

Easy Navigation and Straightforward UI

The user interfaces for OneDrive apps are intuitive, which makes navigation simple – especially if you’re new to cloud storage. Although it’s best used in tandem with Microsoft’s other products, it has a few separate features that are worth mentioning.

Create and Share Documents in One Portal

Use the web app to create and edit Office documents online

Office for Web lets you access popular tools like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote via your browser (although you won’t get full functionality). From your web dashboard, you can create Office for Web files and even plain text documents. This is a great option if you don’t have a Microsoft 365 subscription, but still need access to Microsoft Office.

Your documents are saved in OneDrive and can be viewed and edited from your account. The files can also be shared with collaborators, with editing-level access if necessary. If you have a premium account, you can set an expiration dateand create a password for added security.

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Access Cloud Files On Demand

Check the Status column to see where files are stored and how they can be accessed

On Demand files can be stored “online” so they don’t use space on any of your hard drives. . Once you’ve opened an online file, it stores locally and becomes accessible offline. If you ever need to free up space, you can right-click on the file to return it to its online-only status. You can restore multiple files to the cloud at once by selecting them before performing the command.

A green checkmark under the Status column of a file indicates that it is stored locally, always available offline, and always kept on the device. This feature can be turned on and off via your desktop settings by choosing to download files as you use them.

A Folder for Your Most Private Files

Your important documents can be kept in the Personal Vault for further security

For personal and family plans, OneDrive has a Personal Vault folder to store your most sensitive data. However, if you don’t have a paid plan, you’ll only be able to store up to three files in the vault at a time. Unfortunately, if you have a work, business, or school account, you won’t be able to access this feature at all.

To sign into your Personal Vault, you’ll need to provide a secure access code that OneDrive will use to verify your identity. Once inside your vault, you can view and edit your files as needed. You can manually lock your vault or wait for the program to lock it automatically. If you access the vault via the web, it will lock after 20 minutes of inactivity, but you can adjust these settings to up to four hours for your desktop and mobile apps.

Sync and Backup Files in Minutes

Use the homepage to sign up and/or create a new email address

You’ll need to create a Microsoft email account in order to useOneDrive. I already have an Outlook email address, but I created a new one to test the process of setting up an account.

Once I created my new email, I was redirected to OneDrive, where I was able to download the desktop app. There is also a feature available where you can enter your US cell phone number and get a text with a link to download the mobile app.

After signing in, the files I added to the web app automatically synced to my desktop app. I had to reach out to support to figure out an issue I had backing up my Documents folder, but it was resolved after about 30 minutes of troubleshooting. Once I’d chosen the folders I wanted to back up, OneDrive did the rest. Within a few minutes, all of my uploaded files were accessible.

Backups and sync with OneDrive are automatic. You can’t schedule a backup through OneDrive, but maybe they’ll add this feature in the future.



Speedy Uploads

My Wi-Fi speeds were relatively high during my upload tests

I wanted to see how long it took OneDrive to back up a 3.6GB folder that contained photos, videos, and documents. I decided to run three tests over the course of a few days, including one during the weekend, to see if there were any significant variations in the upload speed.

My Wi-Fi upload and download speeds before my tests averaged around 160Mbps. I have high-speed internet, but since I live in Trinidad and Tobago (at least 3,000 miles from the nearest server) I wasn’t sure how long my uploads would take.

Use the progress bar to track your upload

My first test was on a Monday at 1:00 p.m. and took 5 minutes and 53 seconds. I then deleted the folder from OneDrive and ran another test on Friday at 4:30 p.m., which took even less time – 5 minutes and 27 seconds.

The last test I ran was on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and the upload was finished in 5 minutes flat. To say I was impressed by these results is an understatement.

Fair warning: if you don’t have a high-speed internet connection, you may not experience such quick upload speeds. I was expecting my upload times to roll into the double digits. But as my results showed, none of my uploads took any longer than 6 minutes.

Uploading data on my phone was just as easy as using the web and desktop apps. My files uploaded with lightning speed, and I had the option to track my upload through a progress bar that showed up in my notifications.

After I ran my upload tests, I wanted to see how quickly the same 3.6GB file would take to restore to my computer. It took a bit longer than the uploads and finished in 18 minutes and 15 seconds. It was automatically downloaded as a zip file, but extracting the files is pretty straightforward.

Overall, I was satisfied with how well OneDrive handled both the backups and uploads, and the folder restore. But if your internet isn’t high-speed, you should anticipate slower upload and download times.



Accessible Privacy Protocols

OneDrive shares privacy settings with other Microsoft products

When it comes to privacy, OneDrive doesn’t disappoint. Your privacy settings can be managed via a handy privacy dashboard. Since Microsoft is its parent company, many of the privacy settings are not specific to OneDrive, but apply to any and all Microsoft products that you have.

Microsoft’s privacy policy outlines the protection protocols it uses behind the scenes, but it isn’t 100% clear on what data it collects. However, it does say that the collected data depends on how you use its services and your privacy settings. For example, you can turn off settings that allow the company to use your data for marketing and advertising.

Not all of your privacy options are available in the dashboard, but you can email Microsoft if you’d like to manage data that isn’t explicitly listed.

Microsoft is GDPR and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant and, as a US-based company, must comply with intelligence alliances (like Five Eyes) and laws such as the Patriot Act.



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Helpful Articles, But Hit or Miss Chat Support

The help and learning section is great for resolving quick issues

There are a few methods that you can use to rectify any issues you may have with OneDrive. To answer the majority of my questions, I turned to the robust OneDrive help and learning section. But I did have to reach out to technical support via live chat for a Documents backup issue and to clarify the rules on private encryption keys.

My initial interactions with support weren’t great. The first support agent didn’t seem to understand my questions, so I ended the chat and started another one. The second agent was more competent but was stumped by my backup problem, so I was transferred to a third person, who was finally able to get my backup problem resolved. The agents were polite and professional, but the first two were definitely not as well-trained as the final support agent.

OneDrive also offers email and ticket support, and Microsoft has limited phone support from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST. If you prefer social media, you can also tweet your grievances to Microsoft Support’s Twitter account, @MicrosoftHelps.



Affordable Basic Plans, but Costly If You Have Large Storage Needs

Depending on your needs, you may have to opt for a premium subscription

Since the free version of OneDrive only gives you 5GB of storage, you’ll have to upgrade if you have greater storage needs. The Microsoft 365 Personal plan has 1TB of storage, while the Family plan offers 6TB for up to 6 users. You can purchase these plans monthly or annually, but you’ll save more money with an annual subscription.

If you’re only interested in Microsoft OneDrive, you won’t be able to purchase an annual plan. The OneDrive Standalone plan has 100GB of storage and currently costs $1.99per month. With this plan, you won’t have access to any of the other Microsoft products, but it’s a great option if you need an affordable paid storage solution.

You can’t purchase a OneDrive Standalone subscription for business. You’ll need to invest in at least a Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan, which has 1TB of data per user, with up to 300 users. If you’re an eligible student or teacher, you can get a free Microsoft 365 plan (and by default, a OneDrive subscription), but it may also be offered through your institution.

Microsoft OneDrive can be purchased with a credit or debit card (American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover), or through a bank account, PayPal account, or mobile billing.

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Microsoft OneDrive REVIEW: BOTTOM LINE

Microsoft OneDrive is a reliable cloud storage and backup solution that, quite literally, millions of users trust. As I reviewed its features and functionality, it became clear why this online storage service is so widely known and used. The user interface is beginner-level easy, so you don’t need any major technical skills to operate your data syncs or backups.

OneDrive’s free storage option lets you store 5GB of data – and even if you invest in a OneDrive Standalone plan, you won’t break the bank on your monthly fee. Plus, you can use your OneDrive account to access and edit Office 365 documents online at no extra charge.

There are drawbacks, of course. If you need more than 100GB of storage, plans can become expensive. And if you stick with the free plan, you’ll be limited to uploads of 250MB or less and won’t enjoy the perks of unrestricted access to Office 365.

Before you can decide if Microsoft OneDrive is right for you, you need to know what your needs are. If you have tons of data and don’t have a flexible budget, using OneDrive to store and sync your files may not be the best idea. However, if you want an affordable storage-only option or can shell out a bit more money for more space, then you should check out OneDrive’s plan options.


Does OneDrive have unlimited storage?

Yes, but only on Business plans – although it’s on a case-by-case basis and you’ll need at least 5 team members. For its other plans, Microsoft OneDrive does not offer unlimited storage. However, if you don’t have a need for unlimited storage, OneDrive’s Personal plan offers 1TB of space, which is often more than enough to back up all the files on your computer. If you do have greater storage needs, you’ll have to find another cloud storage solution or consider purchasing a 6TB family plan as the sole user.

Is there a difference between online backup and cloud storage?

Yes! When you back up your data online, you are saving it at that particular point in time in the virtual “cloud.” If you make any changes to that data, you’ll usually have to run another backup to ensure you always have the latest version of your files and folders. With cloud storage, your data is synced between your device and the servers and is continually updated every time a change is made. For example, if you write a paper, sync it to your cloud storage, and then make edits to it later, those edits are saved to every location where the paper has been synced to.

When should you use cloud storage?

Cloud storage is a great way to save space on your device. Once your data is stored in the cloud, you can remove it from local drives, but still have access to it whenever you need it. Cloud storage is also a good option if you need to protect your data from damage or need a fast way to restore your files, contacts, and downloads if you switch devices. Don’t decide on a cloud storage service until you’ve read our expert review on the Best Cloud Backup Services in 2023.

How do I protect my cloud storage?

The best way to protect your cloud storage is to set a strong password and keep this password safe. Many people experience cloud storage hacking because of poor password protection. Once you’ve set a strong and secure password, you can add other layers of security like two-factor authentication. Some cloud storage solutions allow you to password protect individual files or, like OneDrive, allow you to place sensitive data in a virtual vault. Managing your privacy settings is essential to ensuring the confidentiality of your data and the security of your personal information.

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Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he’s not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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What are pros and cons of using OneDrive? ›

OneDrive is a great cloud storage solution with excellent features and scalability options. It has a straightforward user interface and makes it easy to store, access, and share files. The integration with Office 365 is a big plus as well. OneDrive can be slow at times, especially when dealing with large files.

What is the disadvantage of Microsoft OneDrive? ›

The disadvantages of OneDrive are limited sharing options, limited file management and desktop synchronise settings. Limited Sharing Options: OneDrive's sharing options are limited compared to other cloud storage services, making it difficult to share files with non-Microsoft users.

What are 3 benefits of using OneDrive? ›

How OneDrive Can Benefit Any Department
  • Stay Connected. The first and most obvious benefit of using cloud storage is accessing your files from anywhere. ...
  • Collaborate Effortlessly. Another great benefit of using OneDrive is efficiently collaborating with others. ...
  • Secure Your Data. ...
  • Go Mobile.
Aug 2, 2022

Is Microsoft OneDrive a good idea? ›

Including OneDrive in Windows Explorer is incredibly helpful because you can save work from any application to your cloud storage directly, without having to go to a website. That includes apps that autosave files.

Does OneDrive cost money? ›

OneDrive pricing plans look like this: Free Plan: Users can enjoy 5 GB of storage space without paying anything. Business Plan 1: $5/month/user and gives 1TB of storage to each user. Business Plan 2: Unlimited storage at $10/month/user.

What is the difference between OneDrive and Microsoft OneDrive? ›

Microsoft OneDrive is a backup and sync app, which is available for download from the OneDrive website. OneDrive by Microsoft Corporation is an app available from the Microsoft Store app, which lets you view your OneDrive.

What is a common issue with OneDrive? ›

Problem 1: OneDrive Does Not Sync With Your Cloud Files

This is the most common issue amongst OneDrive users as it prevents users from syncing their files with their web account. If your files are not being made available on the OneDrive website, you are likely facing this issue with your account.

Do I really need OneDrive? ›

No, OneDrive is not necessary for Windows. You can uninstall it if you do not want to use it, and use other tools, like EaseUS Todo Backup Home to protect your data.

What is better Google Drive or OneDrive? ›

In short, Google Drive is better for independent users who store a normal amount of stuff. OneDrive makes more sense for businesses and teams that are doing heavy-duty storage or large-scale syncing.

What happens if I turn off OneDrive? ›

You won't lose files or data by unlinking OneDrive from your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to

What's better OneDrive or Dropbox? ›

If you only want some extra cloud storage for personal use, the OneDrive free plan may be enough. If not, the Dropbox personal plan offers more space, but for a price that includes a few extra features that might not interest you if all you want is cloud storage.

Is Microsoft OneDrive for free? ›

Get more done with OneDrive free cloud storage. Store your files and photos with OneDrive free cloud storage and access them from any device, anywhere.

How much does OneDrive cost per year? ›

Home storage plans
Home storage plansDetailsPrice
OneDrive BasicOneDrive Only.Free
OneDrive StandaloneOneDrive Only.$1.99 / month
Microsoft 365 PersonalOffice apps.$69.99 / year
Microsoft 365 FamilyUp to 6 people.Office apps.$99.99 / year
Feb 23, 2021

Why would I want to use OneDrive? ›

OneDrive is the Microsoft cloud service that connects you to all your files. It lets you store and protect your files, share them with others, and get to them from anywhere on all your devices.

Why should I switch to OneDrive? ›

OneDrive is designed to provide users immediate access to their data no matter where they are, on any device. For instance, a user might start editing an MS Office document on their desktop at work, view it on their mobile device as they commute home, and seamlessly resume working on it from their MacBook that evening.

How much is the monthly or yearly fee for Microsoft OneDrive? ›

Microsoft OneDrive Pricing Plans

There's only one OneDrive subscription option, with 100GB for just $1.99 per month, although this doesn't come with access to Office apps. To get more storage than that, you have to get a Microsoft 365 plan.

How do I get 1TB OneDrive for free? ›

OneDrive for Business provides a variety of plans for different users, even the most basic plan provides OneDrive 1TB free cloud storage for each member of the organization. If you think there is a package that suits you, you can go to check the OneDrive for Business plan and subscribe.

What happens if I don't pay for OneDrive? ›

Admins and users no longer have access to the services or Microsoft 365 apps that came with the subscription. All customer data—from user data to documents and email—is permanently deleted and is unrecoverable.

What is the best use of Microsoft OneDrive? ›

  • Get your Email attachments to OneDrive. ...
  • Real-time Collaboration and Sharing with Link Expiration. ...
  • Recover previous file versions easily. ...
  • Access OneDrive files without consuming local storage. ...
  • Access OneDrive from mobile devices. ...
  • Connect with family and friends through Group Sharing. ...
  • Add extra security with a Personal Vault.
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How much space do you get for your files in OneDrive? ›

You have 5 GB of free cloud storage with your Microsoft account shared across your files and photos in OneDrive, attachments in and your Microsoft 365 apps. You also get 15 GB of free email storage which is separate from your Microsoft cloud storage.

Should I disable OneDrive? ›

Should I Disable OneDrive? If you have a different cloud storage provider or a poor internet connection, you may find it beneficial to disable OneDrive. Given how easy it is to temporarily stop your files from syncing, there's no good reason to not do it.

Is Microsoft discontinuing OneDrive? ›

After March 1st, 2022, your personal files will no longer sync and should be uploaded/accessed directly on OneDrive for web. If you are currently using one of these operating systems, we recommend upgrading your operating system to either Windows 10 or Windows 11 to avoid disruption.

Why are my OneDrive files corrupt? ›

OneDrive is an online storage/cloud service. But, the software provided in Windows 10 or 11 syncs your files with the online storage from your PC. So, whenever the file updates or changes, it updates the file online as well. This sort of issue can corrupt the file in your PC and in the cloud storage.

Why is everything on my desktop going to OneDrive? ›

If the Folder Protection Backup is chosen in OneDrive Settings > Backup Tab, then the User Documents, Desktop and/or Pictures folders will be moved into the OneDrive folder to sync to OneDrive and (if you want) your other devices.

How do I save files to my computer instead of OneDrive? ›

Open any Office app, such as Word or Excel. Click the File menu in the top left corner. Select Options from the left pane. In the Save tab, tick the Save to Computer by default option.

Can anyone see my OneDrive files? ›

The files on your OneDrive are private until you share them. Keep in mind that when you share folders with Edit permissions, people you share with can add the shared folders to their own OneDrive.

Can you use Gmail with OneDrive? ›

Save Emails to OneDrive is fully integrated with your Gmail email. A single click directly from your Gmail inbox saves emails straight to your OneDrive folder.

Can I replace OneDrive with Google Drive? ›

Here's how you can move items from OneDrive to Google Drive manually: Go to your OneDrive account in a browser and download the files to your computer. Select the file or folder you want to download and click the “Download” button in the top menu. Upload the file or folder to your Google Drive.

How long does OneDrive last? ›

The default retention period for OneDrive is also 30 days, but you can change this in the SharePoint admin center (see Set the OneDrive retention for deleted users) or by using the PowerShell cmdlet SetSPOTenant -OrphanedPersonalSitesRetentionPeriod <int32> .

How do I get 100GB OneDrive for free? ›

To redeem free storage of OneDrive, you need to sign in Microsoft Outlook account as well based on new policy of Microsoft. If you download the Microsoft Outlook or launch it, it will automatically sign in by using existing Microsoft account and you can redeem storage offer (+100GB).

What is the 1.99 charge for Microsoft? ›

Microsoft is introducing a new consumer tier to its Microsoft 365 subscription offerings. Priced at just $1.99 per month, Microsoft 365 Basic is designed to replace the 100GB OneDrive storage option with some extra features that sit in between the free option and the $6.99 a month Personal subscription.

Where are my OneDrive files stored? ›

Your OneDrive files will appear in File Explorer in the OneDrive folder. If you use more than one account, your personal files appear under OneDrive – Personal and your work or school files appear under OneDrive - CompanyName.

Where are photos stored on OneDrive? ›

The Photos app can connect to your OneDrive account so you can see all your photos and videos in one place. You can view these on the OneDrive tab in the Photos app once you've connected to OneDrive. The OneDrive tab in the Photos app only displays photos and videos that are stored in the “Pictures” folder on OneDrive.

Does OneDrive use a lot of memory? ›

OneDrive (standalone app) consumes between 1.4-1.6GB RAM even when it's idle. On the same computer, Dropbox uses 600-700MB even while syncing.

Is Google Drive cheaper than OneDrive? ›

With the same storage space, OneDrive is cheaper, while Google Drive is a bit more expensive. And OneDrive offers more cloud storage space for business use.

How do I stop paying for OneDrive? ›

To cancel OneDrive:
  1. Login to the website.
  2. Go to 'Manage Storage'
  3. Select 'Manage'
  4. Select 'Services & subscriptions'
  5. In the OneDrive section, select 'Cancel'

Should I use OneDrive as a backup? ›

The answer is YES. You definitely need a backup for OneDrive, and that is because the files on OneDrive are never safe due to a lot of security threats from different sources. In this article, we will discuss why you need to back up OneDrive and how we can do this to recover the data in uncertain situations.

What is difference between Dropbox and OneDrive? ›

Dropbox is tailored to the needs of large content creators. With Dropbox, you can sync file uploads as big as 2 TB—even massive CAD files and 4K video. OneDrive, on the other hand, is limited to 250 GB. And when it comes to marketing, advertising, design, and film and video workflows, Dropbox is a one-stop shop.

Can I use OneDrive without Office 365? ›

Can you get OneDrive without Office 365? You can purchase standalone versions of OneDrive, as well as additional OneDrive storage, without having to buy Office 365.

Do I really need OneDrive on my computer? ›

OneDrive is able to save your files and data, but it is not the necessary program on your computer. If you do not need it, you can choose to unlink or disable it. To keep data safe, you can choose other services or other software.

What is the main purpose of Microsoft OneDrive? ›

OneDrive is the Microsoft cloud service that connects you to all your files. It lets you store and protect your files, share them with others, and get to them from anywhere on all your devices.

What happens if I don't use OneDrive? ›

You won't lose files or data by unlinking OneDrive from your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to

Will OneDrive slow down my computer? ›

Here's how to turn off OneDrive syncing temporarily, to see if that boosts system performance. (Click image to enlarge it.) It does this by constantly syncing files between your PC and cloud storage — something that can also slow down your PC. That's why one way to speed up your PC is to stop the syncing.

Is OneDrive better than Google Drive? ›

In short, Google Drive is better for independent users who store a normal amount of stuff. OneDrive makes more sense for businesses and teams that are doing heavy-duty storage or large-scale syncing. Realistically, though, most users will fall somewhere in between the two, where either platform would meet their needs.

How do I delete files from my computer but keep OneDrive? ›

Delete from your hard drive but not your OneDrive

If you want to keep a file, photo, or folder on your OneDrive, but not on your computer (because you don't want it to take up space), put the file in your OneDrive folder, then turn on Files On-Demand (Windows) (or Files On-Demand (Mac)).

How much storage is free on OneDrive? ›

You have 5 GB of free cloud storage with your Microsoft account shared across your files and photos in OneDrive, attachments in and your Microsoft 365 apps.

Are OneDrive files permanent? ›

If you're signed into OneDrive with a Microsoft account, items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted 30 days after they're put there. If you're signed in with a work or school account, items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted after 93 days, unless the administrator has changed the setting.

Why would you want to disable OneDrive? ›

If you have a different cloud storage provider or a poor internet connection, you may find it beneficial to disable OneDrive. Given how easy it is to temporarily stop your files from syncing, there's no good reason to not do it.

How long do OneDrive files stay on my computer? ›

All files will be permanently deleted after 180 days and they cannot be restored.

Why is everything on my computer going to OneDrive? ›

In Windows 10, OneDrive is the default save location for your files and documents. This means new documents or files are automatically saved to OneDrive unless you opt to save them to a different location on your PC.


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