Ted and Judy’s Android Adventures: Chapter 5: The Rise of the Cloud, and OneDrive

You may have heard of something called “the cloud”. You’ve also probably figured out by now that the cloud generally refers to anywhere on the Internet (a.k.a in cyberspace) where you can store your information, and the apps that allow access to this information. I will be discussing Microsoft’s OneDrive system – similar systems are available from Google, Apple, etc.

OneDrive simulates having an additional disk drive on your PC, but your data is actually kept on the cloud. Microsoft gives you 15 gigabytes of free storage, and you can pay for more if desired.  OneDrive can be accessed via the Windows File Explorer or OneDrive app on your PC, or the OneDrive app on your smartphone – as usual, I will relate this to Android. The OneDrive apps look almost identical on the PC (Windows 8) and the phone.

OneDrive does not care about file type – any file type that can be saved to your computer can be saved to OneDrive. This is useful for keeping your most important files offsite. Nobody requires use of the cloud, however – you always have the option of copying your files to removable media such as a flash drive or DVD, and saving these items in a secure place such as a safe deposit box.

When using OneDrive in Windows File Explorer, you copy and paste to a folder called OneDrive, with the usual subfolder and file lists. Once in a while, you may have to Sync (makes sure files actually get copied to the cloud – can take a couple of hours if doing for first time with a lot of files) – OneDrive system will let you know if all files are up to date.

The Android OneDrive app is great – aside from the usual file functions, if your file happens to be a picture, you can share it to Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Again, the beauty in all this is that OneDrive allows Windows and Android to access the same files!