Using OneDrive on Surface

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

OneDrive 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.

Add your files to OneDrive

You can add files from the local drive on your Surface to OneDrive through or through File Explorer. Or, you can fetch files from another computer.

Move a file on your Surface to OneDrive

From File Explorer:

  1. Select File Explorer in the taskbar. You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows logo key +E.
  2. Open the folder that has the files you want and select the files you want to move to OneDrive.
  3. Right-click your selections and select Cut. Then right-click your OneDrive folder and select Paste.
    You also can drag the files you selected to the OneDrive folder to move them.


  1. Go to and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.
  2. Along the top row, select Upload.
  3. Browse to your file and select Open.

From another PC:

  1. Set up the other PC to allow you to fetch files as described in Fetch files on your PC.
  2. Make sure that PC is turned on and has an Internet connection.
  3. Go to and sign in with the account you use to sign in to your Surface.
  4. Select the PC from the list of PCs
  5. Navigate to the files you want and select them. Then right-click and choose to Download the file to your Surface or Upload to OneDrive.

Find your OneDrive files

Whether you save by default to your computer or to OneDrive, all your files are available on your PC. The OneDrive app, built into Windows 10, synchronizes your files between OneDrive and your computer, making them available even when your computer is not connected to the Internet.

Read more about how Files save to OneDrive by default in Windows 10 and learn how to sync OneDrive files without taking up disk space on your PC with Files On-Demand.


Share files using OneDrive

You can use OneDrive to share photos, Microsoft Office documents, other files, and entire folders with people. The files and folders you store in OneDrive are private until you decide to share them and you can stop sharing at any time. For more info, see Share OneDrive files and folders.

Working when you’re offline

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your files in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use storage space on your device. Learn about OneDrive Files On-Demand.

Choose which files to keep on your Surface

If you don't want to sync all of your folders in OneDrive to your computer, you can specify which folders you'd like to sync. Learn how to Choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer.

Managing data usage: OneDrive settings for metered connections

If you have a Surface 3 (4G LTE), the following setting can help you manage your data usage:

  1. Go to Start and select Settings > Devices > Connected devices.
  2. Turn off Download over metered connections.