Sync your Gallery photos with OneDrive

Photos syncing to OneDrive app on Galaxy S21 Ultra

From formal photos to silly selfies, you can rely on Microsoft OneDrive to save all your memorable pictures and videos. You can set your Gallery to automatically sync with OneDrive, so your files can be accessed later on when you’d like to revisit those photos. You can also restore photos and videos that were accidentally deleted.

Note: Available settings may vary by carrier and software version. Not all countries or carriers support this service.

Turn Gallery Auto Sync on or off

Note: To begin using OneDrive to sync your photos, you may need to download the Microsoft OneDrive app on your device and add your Microsoft account.

Your Gallery app’s Auto Sync feature might be turned off by default, but you can easily turn it on so all your photos and videos will be synced to OneDrive.

  1. Simply navigate to and open the Gallery app, and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines) at the bottom.

  2. Tap Settings, and then tap the switch next to "Sync with OneDrive" to enable the sync. If you've signed in to your Microsoft account, but it hasn't been linked to your Samsung account, the option will be Cloud sync. If you aren't signed in to a Microsoft account or haven't connected it yet, you will be prompted to do so. Follow any on-screen instructions.

    Sync with OneDrive switched on in Gallery settings
  3. Your Gallery will be synced to OneDrive and you can access your photos from another device or the OneDrive website.

  4. Or, open the OneDrive app on your device, and then tap Photos at the bottom. Your synced photos will appear.

  5. You can also view photos from OneDrive that have been synced to the Gallery app! To see them, navigate to Gallery, and select Pictures or Albums. The OneDrive photos will appear among the other photos you have saved in Gallery.

Sync specific albums in Gallery

Certain photos are more important than others, like family holiday pictures and selfies with your best friends. You can select certain Gallery albums to sync to OneDrive, and then leave other albums on your phone.

  1. Navigate to and open the Gallery app and then tap Menu (the three horizontal lines) at the bottom.

  2. Tap Settings, tap Sync with OneDrive, and then tap Albums to sync.

  3. From here, you can choose which albums will sync to OneDrive by tapping the switch next to the album.

Albums to sync highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Download photos and videos from OneDrive

You can use OneDrive on your phone, tablet, or computer to download photos and videos to another device. If there’s a photo stored in OneDrive that you’d like to use as a phone background, just download it using the app.

  1. Navigate to and open the OneDrive app, and then tap the Photos tab or the location where the file is stored.

  2. Tap the photo(s) or video(s) you’d like to download to your device, and then tap the Download icon.

  3. Tap SAVE to confirm and then your file will begin downloading. You'll be able to see it in the Gallery with the rest of your photos.

Download button highlighted in the OneDrive app

Delete Gallery files from OneDrive

If you have hundreds of photos you don't need, you can delete them from OneDrive. Or, if you’d still like to keep the photos on your device, you can remove them just from OneDrive with a few steps.

  1. Navigate to and open the OneDrive app, and then tap the Photos tab.

  2. Select your desired picture(s), and then tap the Delete icon.

  3. Tap OK to confirm.

Delete icon highlighted in the OneDrive app

Restore deleted Gallery files from OneDrive

If you accidentally deleted a picture from OneDrive, it’s not a big deal. Your photos and videos will still be safe in the Recycle bin for 93 days, so you’ll be able to get your file back. You can also restore deleted files  from the OneDrive website. 

  1. Navigate to and open the OneDrive app, and then find your profile by tapping the Me tab.

  2. Tap Recycle bin, and then tap the photo you’d like to restore.

  3. Tap the Restore icon in the top right (it looks like a clock with an arrow), and your photo will be returned to its original location.

  4. Note: If you tap the Trash icon while a file is selected, the file will be permanently deleted.

The Recycle bin selected in OneDrive

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