Apps Turn On or Off Save Photos and Videos from Devices to OneDrive in Windows 11


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With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere - your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you connect a phone, camera, or other devices when using OneDrive on your PC, you can have photos and videos from the device automatically saved to OneDrive.

You can automatically upload to OneDrive from cameras, phones, CompactFlash (CF) cards, Secure Digital (SD) cards, miniSD cards, USB flash drives, and other removable devices—but only when all the files on the device are photos and videos. So if you use a device like a USB flash drive to move and share groups of files that aren't all photos, the photos won't be added to OneDrive.

Photos and videos will import to the OneDrive/Pictures/Camera imports folder on your PC and automatically uploaded to your online storage. Because your photos and videos are imported to your PC and not just uploaded to your OneDrive storage, you can still work with them when you are offline. The programs you use to edit photos and videos might not initially display files in your OneDrive folder, so you might need to follow the steps in those programs to include this folder.

Reference:

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off save photos and videos from devices to OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


It is required to have AutoPlay turned on to automatically save photos and videos from connected devices to OneDrive.

Files can't be more than 250GB in size. Some kinds of content are also prohibited. For more information, check the code of conduct.




Here's How:

1 Open OneDrive ("C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\OneDrive.exe").

2 Click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar corner, click/tap on Help & Settings (gear) icon, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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3 Perform the available steps below: (see screenshots below)
  • (Old) In the Backup tab, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) the Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other device to my PC box, and click/tap on OK.
  • (New) Click/tap on Sync and backup on the left pane, and turn on or off (default) Save photos and videos from devices.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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What saves to the Documents Pictures Videos Music folders under This PC c:users. Mine are empty and all my files are in the OneDrive locations. Nothing saves to the c:users only to to OneDrive. I also set the files to keep on the device. I thought they would save in the c:users location. It seems OneDrive folders and c:users folders do not sync together. I can have different files in each same named folder. What is the purpose of the Documents Pictures Music and Video folders in c: users of it dosent speak to OneDrive and sync files? Do I have to manually copy and paste the OneDrive folders to c:users? Is it just a backup location?
 

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What saves to the Documents Pictures Videos Music folders under This PC c:users. Mine are empty and all my files are in the OneDrive locations. Nothing saves to the c:users only to to OneDrive. I also set the files to keep on the device. I thought they would save in the c:users location. It seems OneDrive folders and c:users folders do not sync together. I can have different files in each same named folder. What is the purpose of the Documents Pictures Music and Video folders in c: users of it dosent speak to OneDrive and sync files? Do I have to manually copy and paste the OneDrive folders to c:users? Is it just a backup location?

Hello, :alien:

It sounds like you may have those folders turned on to back up to OneDrive like below. If so, you can turn it off. You'll still have to manually copy the files back from OneDrive to those folders though.

 

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Hello, :alien:

It sounds like you may have those folders turned on to back up to OneDrive like below. If so, you can turn it off. You'll still have to manually copy the files back from OneDrive to those folders though.

I'm a OneDrive user. I need to access across devices. Just thought when I selected to also keep on device that the files would also be in c:users. In the end it dosen't really matter. I can still access everything offline if my internet is down. I could copy/paste the files to the c:users location but really no point to use up space duplicating files.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win11 22623.891
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel R Core TM i7 - 1165G7 @ 2.80GHz
    Memory
    16gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel R Iris R Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek R Audio, Intel Smart Sound
    Hard Drives
    C
    Browser
    Google
    Antivirus
    Windows Security/Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Downloaded MSEdgeRedirect

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