How to Upload Photos to OneDrive from iPhone in 3 Ways

Want to store iPhone photos on OneDrive? You will know how to use OneDrive and the very detailed steps to upload photos to OneDrive from iPhone in this guide.


By Dylan / Updated on March 7, 2024

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Need to upload photos to OneDrive from iPhone?

Photos are important data on iPhone but high-quality photos like live photos have taken a lot of storage. iPhone users often need to seek cloud storage to store the photos and release storage on iPhone.

iCloud is a paired service for iPhone users. You just need to turn on iCloud Photos in Settings and then your photos could be uploaded to iCloud and shared on all of your iOS devices. It seems enough for storing photos but it also has disadvantages.

iCloud only gives you 5GB of free storage. What if you have used up the free iCloud storage? Except for buying more iCloud storage, you could definitely choose other network drives, like OneDrive or Google Drive to store your photos.

If you would like to use the 15GB of free storage of Google Drive, you may refer to another guide How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Google Photos. The following sections in this guide would tell how to upload photos from iPhone to OneDrive.

Section 1. How to upload photos to OneDrive from iPhone automatically

If you create a new OneDrive account, you would get 5GB of free storage to save store your photos.

Honestly speaking, OneDrive is better than iCloud in saving photos because your photos won’t take storage on your iPhone anymore. If you use iCloud, when you delete photos on iPhone to release storage they are also deleted from iCloud.

If you want to use it to directly store your photos from iPhone, you need to get the OneDrive app on iPhone and then follow the steps below to upload photos:

1. Download OneDrive from App Store. Get an account and sign in. Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi.

2. In the OneDrive app, click your profile in the upper-left corner.

3. Tap the option Settings.

4. Select Camera Upload.

5. Switch on Camera Upload.

OneDrive Auto Upload

Your photos would be automatically uploaded to OneDrive. If you want to upload videos to OneDrive at the same time, switch on Include Photos in step 5. Also, you could have a better way to transfer large videos from iPhone to PC.

All of your photos could be easily previewed in OneDrive including live photos, but there is one thing you need to know is that they cannot be viewed on Windows computer. OneDrive used to automatically convert HEIC into JPG when you upload photos but now it uploads the original HEIC file. You need to know How to Convert HEIC to JPG on iPhone.

Section 2. How to manually upload multiple photos from iPhone to OneDrive

You could select the needed photos from iPhone and upload them to OneDrive any time you want. The steps are very easy.

>Follow the steps to manually upload photos to OneDrive:

1. Connect iPhone to Wi-Fi. Get the OneDrive app from App Store. Sign in your account.

2. Tap the plus icon on the screen.

3. Select Upload then.

4. Select your photos and click Done.

OneDrive Photo Upload

Your photos would be uploaded to OneDrive one by one.

Section 3. What if uploading photos from iPhone to OneDrive failed

No matter you upload photos automatically or manually, sometimes errors would make you fail to upload photos from iPhone to OneDrive. There are some tips for you to fix the issue.

Solution 1. Connect iPhone to better Wi-Fi: Bad network conditions could make uploading photos very slow or even make it not work.

Solution 2. Make sure it is running: If you clear all the apps that are running in the background, your photos might be uploaded to OneDrive automatically so don’t force close it.

Solution 3. Keep photos on iPhone: You might have turned on iCloud Photos and uploaded photos to iCloud. Your photos need to be downloaded even when you think they are on your iPhone while actually they are not.

Open Settings app on iPhone > tap your profile > select iCloud > select Photos > if you have turned on iCloud Photos, tap Download and Keep Original.

Optimize Storage

Section 4. How to upload photos to OneDrive on computer

Your iPhone photos could be saved to computer and then you could also upload them to OneDrive.

The best way to export photos from iPhone to computer is using FoneTool.

Why you choose FoneTool?
● Fast Transfer: Compared with other ways, it provides much faster speed to send photos.
● Easy Operation: Export your photos with very simple steps.
Select Photos: Preview photos on iPhone and export the ones you want.
Widely Compatible: Support iPhone 15/14/13/12/SE 2022, iOS 17/16, and other previous devices and systems.

>Steps to upload iPhone photos to OneDrive on computer:

Step 1. Download FoneTool by clicking the button below. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 2. On the home screen, click Phone Transfer on the left pane. Move the mouse to iPhone to PC. Click Get Started.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the plus icon to preview photos on your iPhone.

Select Files

Step 4. Select photos from your iPhone and then click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 5. Click Start Transfer to export iPhone photos to computer.


Step 6. Open your browser and go to

Step 7. Create a folder called My iPhone Photos.

Create Folder

Step 8. Click Upload to upload iPhone photos to OneDrive.

Upload OneDrive


OneDrive could store your iPhone photos and this passage tells you how to upload photos to OneDrive from iPhone and computer. FoneTool makes it easy to upload photo to OneDrive on computer.

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