Smile! Camera backup has arrived on the new SkyDrive app for iOS

Millions of people worldwide use SkyDrive on their mobile devices to capture, store, and share photos and important files. While we’re proud of the SkyDrive experience on Windows, we also want to deliver great SkyDrive experiences across all the devices you use.


Almost 2 years ago we shipped the first version of the SkyDrive app for iOS, and since then, we’ve released several app updates, each one bringing new features and performance improvements. Today I’m excited to talk about some significant updates to the SkyDrive app for iOS, which is available today.



One of the most popular features on Windows Phone is the ability to automatically upload the photos and videos you capture to SkyDrive. With the new SkyDrive app for iOS, we’re bringing that same capability to those of you who use iPhones and iPads. The update also includes improved editing and viewing in Office Mobile, and OneNote integration. Finally, we’re also really excited to share some updates to our Facebook integration on, an experience that no other cloud provider offers.





With our new camera backup feature, it’s now easier than ever to get all the photos and videos you capture on your iPhone over to your Windows PC or tablet.  You’re in the driver’s seat: You can control if uploads happen over Wi-Fi or your data network, whether photos are uploaded at original resolution or down-sampled to save space on your SkyDrive, and whether videos are included.


With this feature, you’re now able to free up space by deleting photos and videos on your local camera roll after they’ve been uploaded to SkyDrive. In time, you might find that you’re actually using the SkyDrive app as your camera roll, given that it will have all of your photos, regardless of the device you captured them on. This is one of the most popular feature requests we’ve heard from our customers, and we’re very excited to make it available today.


We’re also excited to announce an improved viewing and editing experience for customers who use Office Mobile for iPhone and OneNote for iOS. With this update, when you’re using Office Mobile to select a recent doc from SkyDrive, you can open it directly in Office Mobile or OneNote, instead of the Quicklook viewer that we offer today. After you make edits, you can save your changes back to SkyDrive. This means you get a more seamless editing experience, no matter where you choose to open the file. Again, this has been something people have been asking for, and we’re happy to deliver.





You’ll also notice an entirely new look and feel to the app for iOS 7, including larger thumbnails, so all those photos you’re uploading look even better! Install or update the SkyDrive app now via iTunes.


As an added bonus, we’re also announcing today that sharing photos is getting even better on! We received feedback that you want to be able to see from within SkyDrive exactly how the photos and albums you’re sharing will appear on Facebook, so we came up with a simplified, intuitive experience.


When sharing one or multiple photos, you now have the option to share to an existing Facebook album, or to put them in a new album. If the latter, you can name and set the permissions for the folder all from within SkyDrive before sharing to Facebook. This means you can now have photos on your iOS device uploaded automatically to SkyDrive, and then share those photos to Facebook via in just a few easy steps.






As always, it is our goal to make SkyDrive the best way to help keep your photos and files safer in the cloud, and ensure you always have them with you. We hope you enjoy these updates and we look forward to hearing what you think.


-Ryan Hoge
Lead Program Manager, SkyDrive

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46 Responses to Smile! Camera backup has arrived on the new SkyDrive app for iOS

  1. Marin says:

    Any chance of Android version?

  2. Dermot says:

    Would love to see an option to continue the backup after my iPhone is locked.

  3. Michael says:

    The feature is not that useful, because if you delete a photo within the iphone photo gallery and download it again via skydrive the picture will be uploaded again by the skydrive app. The result is a duplicate within skydrive

  4. walter says:

    Would love to see this feature for android devices!! (soon?)

  5. clerk says:

    that’s great. will it work on my lumia 520 ?
    i hope so..

  6. jeff says:

    Does not Microsoft have their own phone? Despite the apple hype their are more Android devices then iPhone’s. Why is Microsoft prostituting themselves for Apple?

  7. Ward Jongbloed says:

    I would love to see the option to sync instead of ‘just’ upload pictures. (most important use case for this, delete from camera also deletes from OneDrive). In the current app, it usually means deleting failed pictures and otherwise unwanted pictures from two places.

  8. victoria says:

    yes, definitely need one for android phones!

  9. karine says:

    gérée mai chose personnele

  10. Yvon says:

    This feature is available in Ondrive for business or Skydrive Pro ?


  11. Ronald says:

    What about Android?! You discrimination prick…

  12. Yvon says:

    This feature is on Skydrive Pro ?

  13. Shelly says:

    It’d be nice if OneDrive would work for the Winodws phone but I have encountered nothing but frustration. And I’m not alone.

  14. SocratesGS says:

    Activating the Camera Roll feature didn’t award me with the 3GB additional storage. Apparently a lot of people are complaining about this.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Having lots of trouble with the camera roll backup in my Android. The same picture was uploaded over 20 copies. Is this Common?

  16. quiero absoluta privacidad en mis archivos y gracias por este servicio gratuito es de muchísima utilidad y alta importancia para mi

  17. Podrán cortar todas las flores, pero no podrán detener la primavera. Pablo Neruda

  18. no puedo hacerlo necesito en español no se ingles

  19. no puede hacerlo porque no se ingles necesito que se haga en español

  20. Anonymous says:

    Por que no lo hacen al español

  21. Pepe says:

    What happened with my pics and documents? I connected at Skydrive and showed up One Drive, but all my documents desappaered!!!

    • El PAKAS says:

      give it sometime, that happened to me also, on the migration, but later on, all my pictures on One Drive showed up again. if they do not show up, try to do the back up from your camera roll from your iPhone

  22. Anonymous says:


  23. says:

    I would like the backup automatically sort pictures into albums just like on the device or perhaps allow us to backup certain albums only

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hi Anonymous

  25. paul dhiman says:

    well done MS I am new to this camera roll back up but I am sure It is very useful as I have tried the previous version

  26. John says:

    Please add an option to prevent the app from renaming the file of the photo when backing it up.

  27. Teri says:

    Why viewers still makme usee of to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is available on net?

  28. Dave says:

    I love the camera roll backup feature. Great addition.

    A couple glaring omissions I see are:

    1. The ability to search for a document
    2. The ability to print a document (via wifi printer)

    The work around I found I have been used is to open documents (stored on One Drive) in DropBox to be able to print them.

  29. Bob says:

    I usually take 10 or more shots of a single subject in order to get one good one.
    OneDrive is really annoying because I have to delete the extra pictures in 2 different places.

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