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User Case: How Can I Transfer Files from OneDrive to iCloud

“I’m starting to use Apple products recently so iCloud starts to become my first choice to store local data. I used to utilize OneDrive when I use the Windows system. So, now I’m wondering how to move from OneDrive to iCloud. Thank you in advance!” – A Question on Quora.

Overview of OneDrive and iCloud

OneDrive
OneDrive

Produced by Microsoft, OneDrive is an excellent cloud storage service that supports both Windows systems and MacOS10.12 or newer. With 5GB of free storage space, users can store and access various types of files, such as photos, videos, documents, etc. Meanwhile, this service offers you convenient features for online collaboration. For instance, you can make OneDrive file requests.

iCloud
iCloud

Launched by Apple, iCloud is a native cloud storage service for Apple device users. With 2GB of free storage space, users, similar to OneDrive users, can store different types of files, including photos, PDF files, music files, etc. After backing up files to iCloud, you can access them from any device, such as laptops, computers, iPhones, etc.

As you can see, both OneDrive and iCloud are useful and advanced cloud storage solutions, which bring lots of conveniences to users. However, there are some situations where you need to quit OneDrive and turn to iCloud, just like what is shown to you in the User Case. Nevertheless, how to move files from OneDrive to iCloud? Then read the content below.

How to Move from OneDrive to iCloud on Mac

If you are using a Mac, you can turn to the desktop apps of OneDrive and iCloud. By dragging files from the OneDrive folder and dropping them into iCloud folder, your files will be moved successfully. Now, you can follow the detailed steps in the following content:

Step 1: If you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11, OneDrive is already installed on your computer and there’s a OneDrive folder generated automatically. So, you can open that OneDrive folder and locate the file/folder you want to move.

OneDrive Folder
OneDrive Folder

Step 2: Now, drag and drop the files/folders you want to move to iCloud Drive in the sidebar of the Finder window.

iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive

Tip: If you want to move photos from OneDrive to iCloud, you can refer to the steps above as well.

How to Move from OneDrive to iCloud on PC

If you are using a Windows computer, you can download files from OneDrive and then upload them to iCloud on the web. This method is very simple and you can try the operations below:

Step 1: Sign in to your OneDrive on the web. And locate the files/folders you want to move.

Step 2: Click on the file or folder and select Download on the upper side.

Download from OneDrive
Download from OneDrive

Step 3: Now, head to your iCloud on the web with your Apple ID, and press the Upload icon on the upper side. In this way, downloaded files and folders will be moved to iCloud automatically then.

Upload to iCloud
Upload to iCloud

Tips:

1. You need should check whether the internet connection is stable since a bad connection would affect the download-and-upload process badly.

2. If you are wondering how to transfer photos from OneDrive to iCloud without installing any app on your PC, you can follow the same operations above.

In a nutshell, if you want to move from OneDrive to iCloud, you can utilize the web and desktop apps of them.

Bonus Tip: How to Move from OneDrive to Another Cloud

In addition to iCloud, there are many advanced and excellent cloud storage services in the market, including Google Drive, Google Photos, Dropbox, MEGA, Flickr, Amazon S3, pCloud, Box, FTP, NAS, etc. Every cloud service has its benefits. Thus, it’s common for users to move files from OneDrive to another cloud.

However, how can you transfer files easily from OneDrive to another cloud? Previously, you may download files from OneDrive and upload them to another cloud, just like what you should when transferring files from OneDrive to iCloud. This method is useful but time-consuming, especially when you have a large number of files.

Thankfully, MultCloud can help you move files from OneDrive to another cloud directly and seamlessly. MultCloud is a web-based cloud-to-cloud transfer service that allows you to manage multiple cloud storage services/accounts in only one service. Currently, it supports more than 30+ cloud services in the market.

MultCloud
MultCloud

Why use MultCloud to transfer files from OneDrive to another cloud? There are some benefits:

  • Transfer Data without Any Effort. MultCloud is a specialized cloud transfer service that can help you move files directly instead of downloading and uploading.
  • Offline Transfer. As long as your transfer task gets started, MultCloud can run it even if the internet connection is disrupted or your computer shuts down. That’s because MultCloud relies on data traffic to transfer files between clouds. Besides, MultCloud provides each user with 5GB of free data traffic per month. If you want to get more data traffic, you can subscribe to MultCloud.
  • Customized Transfer. You can make complete transfer tasks and choose certain files/folders to transfer, which is very intelligent.
  • Scheduled Transfer. You can set up auto-transfer tasks to run at a specific time, daily, weekly, or monthly. If you always forget to transfer certain files, you can make an auto-transfer task. Once you set them, MultCloud can run the tasks on time.

Now, you can follow the operations below to learn how to copy from OneDrive to Google Drive via MultCloud.

Step 1: Sign in to your MultCloud account on the web. If you don’t have a MultCloud account, you need to register one by your preferred email.

Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2: Hit the Add Cloud tab on the left navigation bar. Then add OneDrive and Google Drive, respectively.

Add OneDrive and Google Drive
Add OneDrive and Google Drive

Step 3: Now, click on Cloud Transfer on the left sidebar and choose OneDrive as the source directory and Google Drive as the target directory. Finally, Transfer Now to start the task.

Transfer OneDrive to Google Drive
Transfer OneDrive to Google Drive

By performing only 3 steps above, you can make data migration from OneDrive to Google Drive. Similarly, if you want to transfer files from Dropbox to Box, you can refer to the steps above. The only alteration is to re-select the source and target directories.

In the End

Anyway, you’ve learned 2 useful methods to move from OneDrive to iCloud. Specifically speaking, you can take advantage of the desktop apps and web apps of OneDrive and iCloud. Meanwhile, if you want to transfer files from one cloud to another, you can turn to MultCloud, which supports over 30+ cloud services in the market.

Even though MultCloud doesn’t support iCloud currently, it will shortly. And at that time, you can move files from OneDrive to iCloud directly without downloading and uploading. In addition, MultCloud allows you to sync and backup files between clouds too. For instance, you are allowed to backup Dropbox to Synology NAS directly.

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