Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video What is OneDrive?, part of Learning OneDrive.
- [Instructor] OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud-based file storage service, that allows you to sync and share files between your computers and mobile devices, so you can access them from anywhere you have an internet connection. You can also share files with other people via OneDrive, making it easy to send and receive documents, photos, and other types of files, which is especially convenient if you have either very large or numerous files to share. For example, OneDrive makes it very easy to share photos with other people, instead of having to worry about attaching files to emails, and wondering if you're going to go over the size limit for attachments, you can simply send a link to your photos on drive.
OneDrive is similar to other cloud-based storage systems you may have heard of, like Dropbox, or Google Drive, in that it allows you to access your files from any computer or mobile device, you can get to your files when you are offline, and one drive can act as a backup device to keep your files safe. But, it also offers some other advantages, especially if you use other Microsoft products. For example, OneDrive is built directly into Windows 8.1 and later, so you can access your files without having to install additional software. Working with files stored on OneDrive on your computer looks and feels exactly the same as working with files stored locally on your computer, except the changes you make are instantly saved online as well as locally.
Now, if you're using a Mac, you will need to install the free OneDrive app to get similar functionality to Windows, but we'll take a look at how to do that as well. Speaking of free, just to be clear, OneDrive is free for all users who have a Microsoft account, if you're not sure if you have a Microsoft account, here are some ways you might have created one. If you have an Xbox and you've signed up for Xbox Live, you have a Microsoft account. If you have a subscription to Office 365 you have a Microsoft account. Or, if you have a Hotmail or Outlook.com account, you have a Microsoft account.
Again, if you're using Windows 8 or later, you might have a Microsoft account you created to sign into Windows and you'll use that same information to use OneDrive. If you have one or more of these types of accounts, just use the same username and password to sign into OneDrive. Next, you may be wondering how much storage space you get with a OneDrive account. Currently as I'm recording this video in the fall of 2017, all free users get five gigabytes of storage space. If you subscribe to Office 365, that gets upgraded to a full terabyte of space. And as you might imagine, Microsoft is happy to provide more space at an additional cost.
You can find out more about pricing plans and options, by going to onedrive.com and clicking the See plans button here. And, this is the best way to get the most up-to-date information as Microsoft has changed prices and storage plans in the past. But you can see here, that currently free users get five gigabytes of storage space, there's an option to get 50 gigabytes of space for $2.00 per month. Or, if you subscribe to Office 365 Personal you get one one terabyte. That also applies to Home and Premium subscriptions, which allow for five users each, and each user gets there own one terabyte of space.
Now, if you're a business user, you can take a look at the business options, in which case you might want to check out our OneDrive for Business course, but in this course, we'll be sticking to the personal OneDrive features.
- Signing in to OneDrive
- Setting up OneDrive on Mac and Windows
- Uploading files and folders
- Renaming, copying, downloading, and deleting files
- Sharing files
- Searching files
- Working with photos in OneDrive
- Working with Office Online files