Hands on with the OneDrive 4.1 update for Windows Phone

Those who already have the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers are going to be happy with the recent OneDrive update. Version 4.1 is a big deal because it answers the “cannot save to OneDrive” complaints we’ve been seeing at the Windows Phone 8.1 forums. Haven’t installed the update yet? Head past the break to watch our hands-on video and walkthrough.

What’s new in version 4.1:

  • Now looks great on large screen phones
  • Upload multiple photos, videos and files at once
  • New immersive view for viewing and managing photos
  • Open files from OneDrive in other apps
  • Share files to OneDrive from other apps
  • Sort files and folders
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

While the OneDrive app itself looks great, we love the things it can do in other places on Windows Phone. For example, you can share single or multiple photos to OneDrive from the photo gallery. Select the destination folder in OneDrive and then click the add button to upload. Make sure you have the upload option to “original” if you do not want your photos to be resized.

OneDrive Share

Thanks to the new feature that lets us share files to OneDrive from other apps, we were able to upload a couple of PDF files from Pocket Explorer, a new file explorer for Windows Phone 8.1. Have a few ringtones? You can upload those, too.

While you are able to upload videos to OneDrive, we have noticed it’s not possible the other way around. It looks like videos stored on OneDrive cannot be downloaded to your phone. You are able to play the videos, though.

OneDrive screenshot

We love the new update for OneDrive, but the core functionality has stayed the same. OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) easily stores and shares photos, videos, documents, and more. When you upload photos or videos from your Windows Phone to OneDrive, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone.

OneDrive is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. Go download it now and let us know what you think!

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Reader comments

Hands on with the OneDrive 4.1 update for Windows Phone


Unfortunately and inexplicably that feature has been removed..was a great feature as well as comments to hear why that was removed and if it will return

Hi Mark, if I may ask, does Onedrive upload full resolution pictures now? Wasn't so before so never uploaded a photo with Onedrive before. I would like to know if this has changed. Thanks.

Hi kenzibit.

Now, the full resolution pictures, are uploaded automatically to OnDrive, but with the same file name as a low resolution, It means that you'll have a WP_date_time_Pro.jpg 10MB size and not WP_date_time_Pro.jpg 1.5MB, seems like picture WP_date_time_Pro__highres.jpg are renamed to WP_date_time_Pro.jpg.

I have Lumia 1020 of course.


Full screen photo viewing finally!

But there still seems to be a bug with photo viewing in OneDrive app. I often get stuck with a blank screen with dots scrolling by. Also, prefetching seems less efficient. I used to be able to swipe fast for the next photo or two but now there's some delay.

I still can't uninstall my OneDrive since I updated to 8.1. None responsive. I might have to do a reset.

Love the update.. As far as wp8.1 still can't save email attachments. I know some show in the office hub. Go Microsoft!

Anyone else getting double saved pictures and double camera roll when going to photos then albums then OneDrive?

Not that old problem again. I used to get that. I'm assuming you have a SD card? Problem is linked to that. There is a huge thread in the MS forums about it, no tea solution apart from don't use the SD card :(

This update is powerful hands down people can count Microsoft or all they want but they are on the rise stronger than ever

Of course not, why would Microsoft want to actually use the "Downloads" folder on people's phones' internal storage?

I never had problems downloading stuff. Usually it opens with Adobe Reader. Lecture notes, flyers, syllabus, etc. There are browsers that can save video too

Looks like we can't. I have my purchased music on OneDrive and would love to be able to make it available offline (by downloading it), but it's still impossible with this update...

Fantastic.  I was caught off guard with some of the missing features in the 8.1 update.  However, I am more than satisfied with how fast they are picking away at them.

This. You think they would have done this by now. Maybe they are trying to force us to get an Xbox music pass.

This times 1000! The music not available in Spotify,I buy it and place it on OneDrive, then I would love to stream it or make it available offline. Not possible yet.

Finally, I can now share pictures from the Nokia camera app to OneDrive. Nice to see things coming together before it goes public.

For example if you do not store documents and pictures in the Cloud, or if you have a low amount of data available in your plan.

As far as I go, because I don't have my data connection always on. I have a limited data plan and I have no reason to pay the exorbitant amounts Vodafone charges for them. I rather just connect the phone to the PC or tablet and remove the photos manually.

Agreed. Also hoping this addressed the "can't recognize file format" error I would sometimes get on onedrive when trying to open an MP3 of all things.

Still waiting for 2 things:
1. Make the Windows 8.1 OneDrive app universal so we get the File Manager
2. Put an option for a transparent tile for those that want it.

Yes, I was hoping this update would make it a local file manager.  I suspect it will be coming.  This is still a great step forward.

Now that this is getting some love, I hope the team has plans to pivot to the office suite. It's got some MASSIVE feature gaps, I find myself struggling with the web app on my 1520 to accomplish anything worthwhile.

In Windows Phone 8.0 Black, its updated to only version 3.6 which brings the above features plz note this point Daniel. Only Windows Phone 8.1 are receiving the Updated version 4.1 :)

Where you two weeks ago? Step 4 has already taken place (well with a couple store sales) I bought couple of Xbox One consoles at Target for $449 each. That deal included Titanfall and one year of Xbox Live. My brother picked up the same package but with Forza instead of Titanfall. So in all it was actually was a lot less then $399 with bonus items.

One simple question: How do you sign out from OneDrive Mobile?  I can't find the 'Sign Out' on the screen.

Why can't we log out of,the OneDrive client?!?!?!? You need to open up OneDrive on phones IE, logout there, login to your other account and then use the OneDrive app. Used to be so easy to log out and login on previous frustrating....

I opened up the IE.  It wanted me to sign in with the MS Account.  So I did and then I signed out OneDrive as you mentioned. But when I went back to OneDrive client.  I found that I'm still logged in.  Just can't get out of OneDrive. Did I do anything wrong?

I was really expecting you to burst out in a "shut up I'm filming a review" tirade at the people in the background So

Interesting that, in 8.1 you can set the Nokia Camera Autoupload function to upload the "Best Quality" files and that, with that setting on, the photos from my 1020 going into SkyDrive camera roll are high res 8-12 MP, whereas that files uploaded manually through this updated OneDrive app are NOT full resolution. 


But, what is great is that you can do file managment with this app, moving FULL resolution files from folder to folder. 

I saw some articles saying that there is better video sharing with onedrive but i've only been able to see this when using a desktop browser. When i try to view my onedrive videos on the phone, they seem to be playing at full res and not continuous. For this reason, i've always still kept the good videos on my phone (eating up space). has anyone been able to see adaptive streaming in action on the windows phone client? 

"In theory video-sharing via SkyDrive has been great, but in practice it sometimes left something to be desired. That's because video files can be quite sizable, and someone who's streaming one of your shared videos to a mobile phone via a slow 3G connection can have trouble and delays while viewing it. OneDrive very cleverly solves the problem. When someone wants to watch a video you're sharing with OneDrive, OneDrive detects the speed of their connection and encodes the video accordingly, delivering a lower-quality video over slow connections, and higher-quality video over faster connections."

application closes when trying to share a photo gallery, choose the folder where to save the photo, and try to restart the phone again, lumia 520 8.1

This video show only the functionality of the share contract, but not the file picker contratcs.

Try to make an upload from IE, you will see that Onedrive icon and if you tap on it you'll be able to select file directly from Onedrive.

For now if you try to do this with IE you have a crush but Microsft will fix it, with other apps that crash don't happens and you're able to select file.

This is not valid only for OneDrive but every apps can operate as a provider for other apps

Updated to support 8.1 but the start screen tile isn't transparent? C'mon Microsoft...One Drive tile lives at the bottom of my start screen with my other non-transparent tiles.

First, who says?  Second, that's why there should be an option to turn the feature on or off for each app.

I DO believe the idea is to allow the user to have their start screen look the way they want, and I want the first screen of my start screen transparent.  I also want OneDrive in that first screen.  Too much to ask?

The main point being most of the MS app tiles in 8.1 ARE transparent, so why not OneDrive?

Why not bing drive, onedrive has no meaning. I hope they're more generous to give 15gb like gdrive. I accept some ad if it's necessary.

8.1 is simply superior to what the iShit by apple has. This has innovation written all over it unlike that piece of gorilla poo same ol regurgitated pos for the last several years. The naysayers and the whiners will always whine and do be it.

Interesting, however browsing onedrive folders via built-in Office on Windows Phone seems faster for some reason.

Is there any news on an update coming to wp7 phones? Would love to have my OneDrive updated! :)

ps: for all the "Get a WP8 device!"-shouters: Sadly I can not... I need my qwerty phone (7 PRO) for emailing my clients and such and there are no qwerty phones with wp8 yet... (also no bt-support for keyboards)

Why can't we stil upload (multiple) files to a specific Onedrive folder?

I just want to choose my specific folder to upload files. In the current situation I can upload files and then I have to go to Onedrive to rearrange my files to folders.

Not good. Much better via Box

Anyone any solution?

Seems like WP 8.1 is now uploading the High Res pics from my Lumia 1020.

I've noticed that the size of the pics after the update went from 1.x mb to around 11. Does that means that the 38 mp pics are the ones uploading?

I'm confused, before it would automatically upload the files, even if I didn't want them on onedrive. How is this a big improvement?

Still no end-to-end encryption :-(

Private files should only be stored in the cloud when encrypted on the client with a key controlled by the user only. Transport encryption and encryption in the cloud is not sufficient.

Please somebody help me! I still cannot upload videos to one drive from my lumia 925! Upload takes forever and never ends! I have tried with various video files and still nothing...