How to Sync iCloud and OneDrive/iCloud - Manage Cloud Data
This article provides the ways to sync iCloud and OneDrive, or sync iCloud to iCloud. After reading, you can learn how to manage your cloud data easily.
Any tips on how to sync iCloud and OneDrive? I'm using a MacBook and an iPhone. Need a seamless way to keep my files and photos in sync between both platforms. Any step-by-step guides?
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I've got this situation where I have two iCloud accounts. Is there any way to sync two iCloud accounts to one? I'm using an iPhone and want all my data in one place. Any suggestions or workarounds?
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Is It Possible to Sync iCloud and OneDrive/iCloud
With the emergence of cloud storage technology, more and more users are using the cloud as data storage backup. There are several cloud storage providers on the market. The two most prominent include iCloud and OneDrive. Some users use OneDrive and iCloud at the same time, and some users have two accounts on the same platform, such as two iCloud accounts. So which one is better, OneDrive or iCloud?
Introduction of OneDrive
OneDrive is a cloud service platform that provides data storage, transfer and sharing functions, launched by Microsoft. As part of the Microsoft ecosystem, users can synchronize OneDrive with other products such as Word and Outlook. Its version history tool and personal vault give it an edge over iCloud, with maximum file sizes up to 250 GB.
Introduction of iCloud
iCloud is a cloud storage tool that allows users to transfer and store files on iOS devices. It was launched by Apple. Through the sync function, users can access files saved on iPhone on iCloud. iCloud storage itself has different pricing plans, with capacities starting at 5GB and going all the way up to 2TB.
Additionally, iCloud has slower synchronization speeds due to its lack of block-level replication support. And you may also meet iCloud Drive not syncing among devices.
Sometimes, you may need to sync files between iCloud and OneDrive or between two iClouds. Especially when you need to share files between different cloud platforms to collaborate on teamwork, or you need to synchronize different accounts on the same cloud service platform to reduce data redundancy.
So, is there a way to sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive/iCloud? The answer is yes. In the next article, we will provide solutions to solve enough problems, and attach detailed steps, let’s take a look!
How to Sync iCloud to OneDrive
For Mac users and Windows PC users, here we show you different methods to sync OneDrive and iCloud. Depending on your device you can try the following methods.
Way 1. Send iCloud to OneDrive On Mac
If you are using a Mac, iCloud is already installed on your computer. All you need to do is install the OneDrive app on your computer. After the installation is complete, the system will automatically generate iCloud folders and OneDrive folders. You can sync data from iCloud Drive to OneDrive drive manually.
Below are the detailed steps demonstrating how to drag and drop files from iCloud Drive to OneDrive drive.
Step 1. Install OneDrive first.
Step 2. Go to your iCloud Drive folder > Locate the data you’d like to sync to OneDrive.
Step 3. Open your OneDrive folder on Mac > Then drag and drop files from iCloud folder to OneDrive folder.
Way 2. Sync iCloud with OneDrive On PC
If you are using Windows, you can achieve iCloud and OneDrive sync without installing any software on your computer. Let's take transferring iCloud to OneDrive as an example, which requires you to download files from iCloud Drive and then upload them to OneDrive.
Check the steps below:
Step 1. Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your accounts > Then select iCloud Drive on the screen.
Step 2. Choose the file you want to move > Click on the download icon > The selected file will be saved to your Windows PC.
Step 3. Share iCloud data to OneDrive
For Windows 10 or Windows 11 users: OneDrive is already installed on your PC > Locate OneDrive folder > Directly drag and drop the downloaded files to it.
For other users: Sign in to OneDrive from your browser > Tap Upload on the interface > Select File or Folder > Tap the downloaded file or folder > Click Open to upload.
How to Transfer One iCloud to Another iCloud
After learning how to sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive, now you may also interested in how to balance your different iCloud accounts. There are two ways can help you.
Way 1. Transfer iCloud Files to other iCloud by iCloud.com
By visiting iCloud.com, you can also import all data from one iCloud account to anther iCloud. But notice that you have to transfer different types of data one by one, this method does not support transferring multiple types of data at once. Here is the guide:
Step 1. On your computer, visit iCloud.com > Sign in with your one iCloud account.
Step 2. Click each file icon to preview and select the files you want to transfer > Click the Download button to save them on computer. You need to make sure your PC has enough space.
Step 3. After that, sign out the account and log in to another iCloud account > Click each icon to upload data that are downloaded from the previous account.
If you are looking for a simpler and faster way to transfer iCloud data at once, you can try the following method.
Way 2. One-click move data to new iCloud via FoneTool
Want to combine two iCloud data at once? Then FoneTool, the iOS data management software, is a good choice. No matter whether you are using different iCloud IDs on the same device or two different devices, this professional tool can transfer data from iPhone to iPhone, and it can easily transfer data from one iCloud account to another, also including iCloud Drive.
Why you choose FoneTool?
• Fully or selectively transfer/backup files. You can transfer/backup everything from one iCloud ID to another or transfer/backup photos, videos, contacts, and messages to another iCloud.
• Fast and stable transfer speed. With the USB connection, you can finish transferring 100 photos in no more than 3 seconds.
• Wide compatibility. It works perfectly with all iOS devices such as iPhone 15/14/13/12, iPad Air/Pro/Mini, etc.
Only by two steps, you can combine your different iCloud accounts successfully, download FoneTool for free and check the steps below:
Step 1. Open FoneTool > Choose My iCloud on the left pane > Log in with one of your iCloud accounts > Tap iCloud Sync on the interface.
Step 2. Enter your account and sign in to the other iCloud > Select the files you need to send to another account (You can also check Select All to move your data at one) > Tap Start Sync to begin.
Bonus Tip: Manage Your iCloud Data on PC
Besides the features of iCloud sync, FoneTool also offers an iCloud data management function. You can download, upload, or delete your data in smart way. It includes photos, contacts, notes, videos, and iCloud Drive data. Below are the steps:
Step 1. Open FoneTool > Locate and tap My iCloud > Sign in to your Apple ID > Select Manage iCloud.
Step 2. Click each icon to choose the data you want to manage > Tap Upload, Download or Delete to make your tasks. If you want to download all photos at a fast speed, you can tap Select All to save them.
Step 3. After that, choose a destination to save your iCloud files > Click Download > Wait for a while, you can get the pictures from iCloud on your PC.
That’s all about how to sync iCloud and OneDrive/iCloud. In this article, we have two solutions for each problem. Whether you are a Mac user or a PC user, and whether you use iCloud or OneDrive, you can choose the method that suits you based on your situation. Hope you can solve your problem successfully.
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