OneDrive and iCloud Overview

Use OneDrive Instead of iCloud
Use OneDrive Instead of iCloud

OneDrive serves as a cloud storage service designed by Microsoft. You are allowed to store, access, and share files on OneDrive from any device with an internet connection. Whether you are using a Windows PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device, OneDrive ensures that your files are readily available across all platforms. With a Microsoft account, you get 5 GB of free storage, and additional storage can be purchased based on your needs.

iCloud is Apple's cloud-based storage and synchronization service. It seamlessly integrates with Apple devices, allowing users to store and access their files, photos, and other data across multiple devices. iCloud offers automatic backup and sync, ensuring that users have a secure backup of their important data. With a focus on privacy and security, iCloud encrypts certain data types and supports two-factor authentication.

iCloud vs OneDrive: Why Use OneDrive Instead of iCloud?

When comparing OneDrive and iCloud, there are several aspects to consider. Let's explore the key features and differences between the two cloud storage solutions.

Pricing and Storage Options

OneDrive offers a range of storage options, including free and paid plans. You can get 5 GB of storage if you are a free user. Paid plans include personal and business options. Personal plans offer 100 GB, 1 TB, or more storage capacity.

On the other hand, iCloud provides 5 GB of free storage for all users. Additional storage can be purchased with different plans, such as 50 GB, 200 GB, or 2 TB.

Cloud Version Storage Price
iCloud iCloud + with 50GB storage 50GB of storage $0.99/month

iCloud + with 200GB storage

200GB of storage $2.99/month

iCloud + with 2 TB storage

2TB of storage $9.99/month
OneDrive Microsoft 365 Basic 100GB of storage $1.99/month
Microsoft 365 Personal 1TB of storage $6.99/month
Microsoft 365 Family Up to 6TB of storage $9.99/month

Integration with Operating Systems

OneDrive and iCloud differ in terms of their integration with operating systems.

OneDrive provides excellent integration with multiple operating systems. It offers dedicated Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android apps, allowing users to access their files seamlessly across different devices. It also integrates well with the Windows File Explorer, making it easy to manage and access OneDrive files directly from the native file explorer.

iCloud is primarily designed for Apple devices and offers native integration with macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. It is integrated into the Finder on macOS, making managing and accessing files directly from the file system easy.

If you prefer the Windows system, OneDrive is more suitable for you and you may want to use OneDrive instead of iCloud.

File Sharing and Collaboration Features

Both OneDrive and iCloud offer file sharing and collaboration features to facilitate teamwork and easy sharing of files.

With OneDrive, you can easily share files and folders with others. Using OneDrive file request, you can generate shareable links to specific files or folders, allowing others to access them without requiring a Microsoft account. OneDrive also provides collaboration features like real-time co-authoring in Microsoft Office documents. Multiple users can work on the same document simultaneously, making collaboration convenient for teams.

OneDrive File Request
OneDrive File Request

iCloud allows file sharing and collaboration primarily within the Apple ecosystem. You can share files and folders with others using iCloud links. The recipients can access them through a web browser. iCloud also supports collaboration in iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), allowing multiple users to simultaneously work on the same document.

However, iCloud collaboration features are limited when compared to the extensive collaboration options available in OneDrive. And when your members are all using OneDrive, using OneDrive instead of iCloud for you is a better choice.

How to Use OneDrive Instead of iCloud via MultCloud

So, you may have a question “Can I use OneDrive instead of iCloud” and the answer is definitely yes. To avoid the annoying moving back and forth staff, you can use MultCloud Cloud Sync to sync your iCloud Drive files or iCloud Photos to OneDrive in real time. By doing so, not only the old files that have been on your iCloud Drive will be transferred to OneDrive, but also the new-coming ones will update to OneDrive immediately.


What’s more fantastic is that you don’t need to install any app or pay for the sync process, since MultCloud is a web service and is free to use. Besides, the sync process will perform professionally because it is a feature designed for syncing files between 2 clouds.

Let’s dive into the steps for using Cloud Transfer for OneDrive and iCloud integration.

Step 1: Get a free MultCloud account as a preparation.

Step 2: Connect iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos to MultCloud by clicking “Add Cloud” and its icon. Then go through the two-factor authentication to complete the connection. To Add OneDrive, similar steps will be repeated.

Add OneDrive and iCloud Drive
Add OneDrive and iCloud Drive

Step 3: Click “Cloud Sync” in the left sidebar and choose Real Time Sync. Then select iCloud Drive/iCloud Photos and OneDrive in the 2 boxes and tap on the “Sync Now” button. After that, you can freely use OneDrive instead of iCloud because all your iCloud Files/iCloud Photos will be sent to OneDrive.

Sync iCloud Drive to OneDrive
Sync iCloud Drive to OneDrive

Note: If you have many files to sync to OneDrive, 5GB of free traffic every month may be not enough. Therefore, you can upgrade your MultCloud plan to get more traffic from 100GB/month to lifetime unlimited.


You must have your consideration to use OneDrive instead of iCloud and the above methods deserve trying. Once you start the Real Time Sync process on MultCloud, you can save your photos, music, or anything that means a lot to you on OneDrive without effort.

Besides, if you don't want to sync but only move photos from iCloud to OneDrive, you can use MultCloud Cloud Transfer to easily migrate your photos without downloading and uploading. Cloud Transfer supports automatically deleting iCloud photos after they are transferred. This feature is especially helpful when you want to free up iCloud storage.

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