Ability to save files "Online Only" to OneDrive in Windows 10 Mobile
On Windows 10 desktop, the Settings app gives you the ability to store your personal files & folders (Documents, Pictures, Music, etc.) in OneDrive. Screenshot for reference:
Notice that some user folders are still missing, e.g. "Desktop", "Favorites", "Videos", etc. -- hopefully these are coming soon! See this suggestion (erroneously marked "completed") for more details:
However, on Windows 10 Mobile, this option is missing entirely. There is no way to save your files "Online Only" to OneDrive. Here's a screenshot of the same exact Settings page on W10 Mobile, which only gives you the options to store your files on "This Device" or "SD Card":
Aren't Windows 10 Desktop and Mobile supposed to share the same kernel? Why would one platform allow you to save your content online-only to OneDrive, while the other does not? Hopefully soon this will become an option, allowing:
-Camera app to upload photos online-only to OneDrive "Camera Roll" album, instead of saved locally to phone
-Voice Recorder app to upload recordings to OneDrive "Recordings" folder, instead of saved locally to phone
-Screenshots to upload automatically to OneDrive "Screenshots" folder, instead of saved locally to phone
For me, there is no reason to save these files locally when they could be auto-uploaded to OneDrive (for use across ALL my devices) and streamed (through Photos app, Groove Music, etc.) when needed.
For example, take this scenario. When you record a class lecture with your Lumia 950XL using the voice recorder app, before you can listen to it on your PC later, you have to manually go into the OneDrive app on your phone and upload each and every recording. Then, so you don't needlessly waste storage space, you have to manually search your SD card and remove the versions saved there. (And the situation is similar for camera photos and screenshots.)
Imagine if these voice recordings, screenshots, etc. were auto-uploaded to OneDrive, instead of saved locally? Then you could simply stream photos (through the Photos app) or stream voice recordings (through Groove) from any connected device of your choice.
Thanks for the suggestion. We are looking at ways to offload more storage to the cloud, but we aren’t likely to build a generalized solution to this in the near future. If you want to talk specifically about photos, screenshots, or recordings, you may want to split this up into separate requests.
Melissa Volpe commented
Thank you I been working on this for 2days to try & get this to turn on & it's ice cold I been hitting f2 & f11 & then f8 , the windows logo