Why Does It Take So Long to Upload Files to OneDrive?


When you are uploading files to OneDrive, you may find it takes too much time to complete the tasks. So what reasons will lead to this result? Let's discuss this.

  • Internet Connection: The speed of your internet connection plays a significant role in determining how quickly files can be uploaded. If you have a slow or unstable internet connection, it will naturally take longer to transfer files to OneDrive.

  • File Size: It takes more time for larger files like photos to be uploaded to OneDrive compared to smaller files. Uploading files with a substantial size can result in longer upload times, especially if your internet connection has limited upload bandwidth.

  • Server Load: The speed of file uploads can also depend on the load on Microsoft's OneDrive servers. If the servers are experiencing a high volume of uploads or are undergoing maintenance, it can impact the upload speed.

  • Software or System Issues: Occasionally, issues with your computer, operating system, or the OneDrive application itself can cause slow upload speeds. Outdated software versions, conflicts with other applications, or insufficient system resources can all contribute to slower upload times.

How Do I Upload Files to OneDrive [3 Ways]

There are many solutions on how to upload a file to OneDrive and you may look for the easiest and quickest one to do that. So here the post recommends 3 ways for you.

Way 1: Add Files to OneDrive in File Explorer

If your computer is equipped with Windows 11/10, you don’t have to download OneDrive because it is pre-installed in the system. 

Step 1: Open the OneDrive folder in File Explorer and log in to your account.

Step 2: Drag the files that you want to upload from other folders and drop them into the OneDrive folder. Then you need to wait for the uploading process completed. 

Drag and Drop Files to OneDrive Folder
Upload Files and Folders to OneDrive

Note: How to Upload Files to OneDrive Automatically

There are 2 solutions to this question:

  1. After you log in to your OneDrive account in File Explorer, there will be some notices that you need to check. Here you can choose the option that allows the system to add files to OneDrive automatically. All the folders you selected will be synchronized to your OneDrive without dragging and dropping files into the OneDrive folder.
  2.  If you didn't choose the option during the installation process, you can also achieve this in the OneDrive settings: Open “Settings” > Click “Sync and Backup” > Select the folders that you are willing to automatically upload to OneDrive. But using this method, you may meet the OneDrive not syncing with PC problem.
Save File Automatically
Save File Automatically

Way 2: Save Files to OneDrive from Microsoft Office 365

This is the fastest way to upload files to OneDrive if you are just finishing editing the documents with Microsoft Office 365 because there is no need to open other web pages. But the limitation is that it can only upload one file at a time.

Step 1: Open the file that you want to upload and click “File” in the upper-left corner of the page.

Step 2: Click the “Save As” button and choose OneDrive as the importing location. Then your files will be uploaded from Word to OneDrive.

Choose OneDrive as the Uploading Location
Choose OneDrive as the Uploading Location

Way 3: Transfer Files to OneDrive on the OneDrive Website

If you want to know more about the products of Microsoft 365 or more functions of OneDrive, you can go by this method. Much information will come into your eyes when you follow the steps.

Step 1: Open the OneDrive website and log in to your account.

Step 2: Upload file to OneDrive by clicking “Upload”, choose the files that you’d like to upload, and click “Open”. After that, you finish your operations to upload files to OneDrive on the OneDrive web.

Click the Circled Button to Upload Files
Click the Circled Button to Upload Files

Bonus Tip: How to Upload Files from a OneDrive Account to Another Automatically

Probably, you may have 2 OneDrive accounts and come up with an idea to transfer files from one OneDrive account to another. At this time, you can use MultCloud to upload files automatically. There is a feature on MultCloud called Real Time Sync. With it, your files will keep updating to another OneDrive. If you coincidentally need the method, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open MultCloud and create a new account.


Step 2: Add a OneDrive by clicking "Add Cloud" and tapping the OneDrive icon. Then go through the authentication in the pop-up window. To add 2 OneDrive accounts, you need to repeat the steps.

Add OneDrive to MultCloud
Add OneDrive to MultCloud

Step 3: Click "Cloud Sync" and choose Real Time Sync. Then select the folders that you want to sync from/to and tap the "Sync Now" button to initiate the process. From now, all the files in the selected folder will be synced to another account and the sync process will not stop unless you stop it manually or there is nothing that changes for 7 days in the folder.

Upload Files from a OneDrive Account to Another
Upload Files from a OneDrive Account to Another

Note: You can also time the sync process using Normal Sync + the Schedule feature. You can appoint an exact time for MultCloud to run the sync process by Schedule.

Normal Sync Schedule
Normal Sync Schedule


All the above 3 methods can be used to upload files to OneDrive and you can choose your preferred one. Besides, if you want to transfer files between 2 OneDrive accounts automatically, MultCloud Cloud Sync will be a wonderful choice. Once you add the cloud drives on MultCloud, you don’t have to open many websites of different clouds. You can just upload files through MultCloud on one web page.

MultCloud also has more functions like Email Migration, Cloud Backup, Cloud Transfer, and others which can help you move files between cloud services. It is a fantastic multiple-cloud controlling helper and let’s give it a try.


1. How to Share OneDrive Files?

On OneDrive, you can select the files that you want to share and click the "Share" button in the upper bar. Then you can choose to share these files by sending emails or by links. Of course, you can also use MultCloud to share OneDrive files after you add OneDrive to MultCloud. Whether you want to share with passwords or share with OneDrive links, you can realize them on MultCloud.

2. Can I Upload Files to Someone Else's OneDrive?

Yes, you can upload files to other people's OneDrive accounts without signing in via MultCloud. If others share OneDrive folders through MultCloud with you and they turn on the "Allow to Upload" button, you can freely upload files to the folders without their accounts.

3. How Do I Transfer Files to Another OneDrive?

Except for Cloud Sync, you can also use Cloud Transfer to move files from one OneDrive account to another. Cloud Transfer has more options for you to choose from. For example, you can order it to delete the files which have been transferred to another account in the source cloud.

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