How to Sync your files with SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service. SkyDrive allows you to store your files online. They’re linked to your Microsoft account and can be synced across your PCs, downloaded via a web browser, and accessed with mobile apps on smartphones and tablets. Microsoft offers SkyDrive apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android, too. New Microsoft accounts get 7GB of SkyDrive space, but you can pay Microsoft a subscription fee for more space.

SkyDrive is free cloud storage that comes with your Microsoft account. It’s like an extra hard drive that’s available from any of the devices you use, so the files you save there are always with you. You no longer need to email files to yourself or carry around (and possibly lose) a USB flash drive. Instead, whether you’re on your laptop and working on a presentation, viewing photos from your last family vacation on your new tablet, or on your phone reviewing your shopping list, you can get to your files on SkyDrive.


To copy files to SkyDrive using the SkyDrive app

There are a few different ways to put your existing files on SkyDrive. First, decide if you want to keep the original files on your PC and put copies of them on SkyDrive, or if you want to cut and move them from your PC to SkyDrive.

Step 1

On the Start screen, tap or click SkyDrive to open the SkyDrive app.

SkyDrive Icon Metro UI


Step 2

If you are not already synchronized/Sign in with Microsoft then you need to Sign in to your Microsoft Account. If you are already signed in then you’re directly moved to step 3.

SkyDrive Account Sign-in

Step 3

Tap or click folders to browse to the location on SkyDrive where you want to add the files.

SkyDrive Folder Browsing


Step 4

Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen or right-click to open the app commands, and then tap or click Add files.

SkyDrive Add Files (uploading)



Step 5

Browse to the files you want to upload, tap or click to select them, and then tap or click Copy to SkyDrive.

Copy to SkyDrive


 To move files to SkyDrive using File Explorer

When you move files, you’re removing them from your PC and adding them to SkyDrive.

Step 1.

Click on SkyDrive on left pane of File Explorer.

SkyDrive File Explorer


Step 2.

Drag files from the file list in the right pane to SkyDrive in the left pane.

Copy to SkyDrive Windows Explorer


SkyDrive PC Settings

The SkyDrive options in PC Settings allow you to view the space you’re using on SkyDrive, control whether photos from your “camera roll” folder are automatically uploaded to SkyDrive, and configure settings for metered.

SkyDrive PC Settings

You can control the individual types of settings that sync or disable settings syncing entirely. You can sync PC setting across all your devices, back up settings that aren’t synced, set appearance and Desktop personalization, App Settings, etc.

SkyDrive Sync Settings

Getting to your files from anywhere

When your files are on SkyDrive, you can get to them from any device, even if something happens to your PC. You can go to using a web browser, or you can use one of the mobile apps for Android, iOS, or Windows Phone.

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