Make OneDrive Offline Files on Android accessible by other Android apps
Make OneDrive Offline Files on Android accessible by other Android apps.
I haven't seen anyone mention this yet, but there is a nice app for Android called Autosync that works great. There are versions for OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, even one for MEGA. Autosync for OneDrive lets you select which folders or files to automatically sync between OneDrive and the local device, and gives you several options for syncing up, down, or simultaneous. The free version lets you sync one pair of folders.
I have automatic Camera upload on, and I have those folders set to keep offline in OneDrive. This means initially there are two (2) copies of each photo, one in the device camera storage and one in the OneDrive folder.
OneDrive periodically prompts me to clear the local storage, which is great, but it would be better if it was done immediately, even before it is fully uploaded, because it's confusing to the user to have two (2) versions of the image stored in different places.
I often crop photos after taking them. I don't need to retain the original. As a user the workflow is not clear. Since the native Android apps cannot see the copies in the OneDrive app, even if they are set to offline, the only practical place to make these changes is in the copy stored in the device, but this means OneDrive will not have it (in some cases) or will upload a second copy (depending if OneDrive detects this as a new file in the device storage).
I believe the best solution is to immediately move the photos, after they are taken, to OneDrive and begin syncing to Camera Roll, but at the same time surface the Camera Roll folder to the Android Gallery so the user only sees one copy and can edit/share that copy with any Android App.
Chris Batty commented
The solution as promised is:
Open the OneDrive app on your android device, share the top level folder location to the clipboard (protect your data by making sure you select view access only and insulate further with a password).
Open a secure privacy browser (can just be chrome in incognito mode)
Browse to your shared link that is in the clipboard
Select either one or multiple files to download and there you have it, surprisingly easy to circumvent after all, please read my previous post, merry Christmas
Dominique Guerin commented
why exist offline files if they are not accessible by other android apps?
Neal D Corbett commented
I'm using OneDrive to sync my music collection between multiple PCs, and assumed I could do the same on my phone — but I have just discovered that the media library can't find this data, even if I make it an Offline folder.
Please solve this!
I will have to go back to using a more awkward syncing solution instead.
Marcelo Andrade commented
This is ridiculous. I waited like 5 days to sync an offline folder with files to use in other app just to find out that it cannot access it, only OnDrive can. Come on Microsoft...
Mike R commented
This is actually just the opposite of what I was looking for. I'm hesitant to put OneDrive on my Pixel for the very reason that I want to ensure the data is inaccessible by other apps. It is a huge security concern that my sensitive data would be exposed to any app with the 'Storage' permission.
But every use case is slightly different...
So as a suggestion for how to implement the above request; could it be potentially possible create a DMZ folder similar to how a router can assign unique permissions for a single LAN connection?
Garrett Fuller commented
I edit photo's I take on phone to be smaller. I want them on my PC, so I want to put them into my OneDrive app.
It would be useful if adding files from the phone to OneDrive was easier.
I don't believe that are not downloaded to folders on storage!
I just tried now and they don't appear anywhere!
Allowing one to synch ones cloud drive to your android device (or a Chromebook that supports OneDrive (which it does as of ChromeOS 75).
The OneDrive app on Android should allow the user to select those files/folders they wish to keep synched.
Of course with all the data governance (mobile vs. WiFi and data caps support).
But it definitely needs to happen.
This needs to happen. While yes, I can go the details/save route, that doesn't help when you have a few dozen files and you just want the entire folder. Makes no sense to force me to zip it, download, and then extract it, so I can read/listen to something offline.
William Gillingham commented
Not quite what everyone wants, but, you can explicitly download files from onedrive to your android file system. (After making available offline, you can view the details of the file and 'download' to your android). Yes - I know this isn't what people want... lol.
This is a major flaw. I want a cloud drive on my device that allows me to access my synchronized file with third party apps. Please fix this.
Howard Marshall Hicks commented
This is idiotically bad interface design... unfortunately par for the course for cloud garbage.
The whole OneDrive UI seems designed to be as obscure and confusing as possible. After installing it on a PC it is even nigh-on impossible to workout whether the "My Documents" folder is still on the C: drive, now just on the Cloud, or on both!
But this daft limitation takes the biscuit...
What is the point of cloud storage of my files if I can't access them with the apps they were designed to be used with?
What on earth is the difference between "make available for offline use" and "download"?
And if you *do* let me download a file from your Android app, why do you then hide it somewhere and force me to scour the Internet in order to track it down (I've still not achieved that simple aim!)
Ashwin Doshi commented
Fix it fast before I am compelled to dump onedrive. Or bring back the windows phone I was just forced to switch from.
As others have already said, I should be able to access my music from my OneDrive\Music folder just as I can on my Windows devices.
TED KITCHENS commented
Bye OneDrive piece of garbage Hello Gdrive
This should be an option, but only at the folder level, and preferably shared only with specific apps.
We do not want to give Google and Android apps free access to all of our content. Some apps ask for ridiculous permissions levels and make no bones about mining and stealing user data.
Yes please make ik work as on the PC where offile files are stored in a normal filesystem folder that is accessible by all apps!