How to Upload Videos from Mac to OneDrive?

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How to Upload Videos from Mac to OneDrive?

Uploading videos from your Mac to OneDrive is a great way to securely back up and access your files from any device. With a few simple steps, you can upload videos of any size to OneDrive in no time.

Prerequisites for Uploading Videos to OneDrive from Mac

Before uploading your videos from Mac to OneDrive, make sure you have the following:

  • An active OneDrive account - You can sign up for free OneDrive cloud storage here.

    OneDrive signin

  • OneDrive app installed on your Mac - Download the desktop app for Mac here.

    OneDrive download

  • A strong internet connection - Uploading large video files requires a stable broadband connection.

  • Videos stored on your Mac that you want to upload.

Once you have all of the above, you're ready to start uploading videos to OneDrive!

How to Upload a Video File to OneDrive from Mac

Uploading individual video files from your Mac to OneDrive is straightforward:

  1. Open the OneDrive app on your Mac.

  2. Navigate to the folder where you want to upload the video.

  3. Drag and drop the video file into the OneDrive folder.

  4. The video will start uploading to OneDrive. The progress will be indicated.

  5. When the upload is complete, the video will be available in your OneDrive account across devices.

The process is the same for any video format - MP4, MOV, AVI etc. As long as the file size is within OneDrive's limits, any video can be uploaded this way.

How to Upload Multiple Videos to OneDrive at Once

If you want to upload large batches of videos from your Mac to OneDrive, follow these steps:

  1. Select all the videos you want to upload by holding down the Command key and clicking on each one.

  2. Drag and drop the selected videos into your OneDrive folder.

  3. The videos will start uploading to OneDrive sequentially.

  4. The upload progress for each video will be indicated.

  5. Once finished, all the videos will be available in your OneDrive account.

This allows you to conveniently upload entire folders or collections of videos to OneDrive in one go.

How to Upload Large Video Files to OneDrive from Mac

OneDrive supports uploading video files up to 15GB in size from the desktop app. To upload large videos:

  1. Locate the video file on your Mac. Note the file size.

  2. If the file size exceeds 15GB, open the video in a video editor like iMovie.

  3. Split the large video into smaller 15GB (or lower) sized files.

  4. Save the split video parts individually on your Mac.

  5. Now upload the split video parts to OneDrive using the steps mentioned above.

  6. The individual video parts will be uploaded to OneDrive.

  7. On OneDrive, right click on the first part and select "Merge files" to combine the split video parts into one file again.

This trick allows you to upload huge video files beyond 15GB to OneDrive from your Mac.

Tips for Faster Uploads of Videos to OneDrive

Here are some tips to speed up uploads of videos from Mac to OneDrive:

  • Compress videos before uploading to reduce file size and upload faster. Use a video compressor like Handbrake.

  • Upload during off-peak times when internet traffic is lower for better bandwidth.

  • Pause other syncing services like iCloud temporarily during the upload process.

  • Ensure OneDrive app preferences are set to use full bandwidth for syncing.

  • Use ethernet connection instead of WiFi for more consistent high speeds.

  • For very large uploads, leave the process overnight as OneDrive will keep uploading queued videos.

Troubleshooting Slow or Failed Video Uploads to OneDrive

If your video uploads from Mac to OneDrive are too slow or failing intermittently, try these fixes:

  • Check for inconsistent internet speeds or connectivity issues and address them.

  • Restart the OneDrive app and your Mac to clear any stalled processes.

  • Limit syncing to the upload folder only temporarily under OneDrive preferences.

  • Clear OneDrive's cache and local files to reset the app if uploads get stuck frequently.

  • Ensure sufficient storage space in OneDrive plan to fit the video uploads.

  • Contact OneDrive support if issues persist for help diagnosing the problem.

Checking Video Upload Status and Managing Uploaded Videos

Once you've uploaded videos from your Mac to OneDrive, you can:

  • See the upload status under the Progress tab in the OneDrive app.

  • Verify successful uploads by looking for videos in your OneDrive account online.

  • Share uploaded videos easily via shared folder links.

  • Organize your video library into folders and albums on OneDrive.

  • Stream uploaded videos directly in the browser for quick viewing.

  • Control permissions and access to specific videos under Sharing settings.

So with just a few clicks, you can securely upload even large videos from your Mac to OneDrive, and access them from anywhere!

Quick Tip to ensure your videos never go missing

Download PicBackMan

Videos are precious memories and all of us never want to ever lose them to hard disk crashes or missing drives. PicBackMan is the easiest and simplest way to keep your videos safely backed up in one or more online accounts. Simply Download PicBackMan (it's free!), register your account, connect to your online store and tell PicBackMan where your videos are - PicBackMan does the rest, automatically. It bulk uploads all videos and keeps looking for new ones and uploads those too. You don't have to ever touch it.

Frequently Asked Questions About Uploading Videos from Mac to OneDrive

Here are some common questions about uploading videos from Mac to OneDrive:

What video formats can I upload to OneDrive from Mac?

OneDrive supports the most common video formats like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV etc. It even allows uploading of special formats like Ultra HD 4K video.

How much storage space do I need in OneDrive for video uploads?

OneDrive gives you 5GB free space. For large or high-quality video uploads, opt for a paid 100GB, 200GB or 1TB OneDrive plan for ample storage.

Can I schedule video uploads to OneDrive from my Mac?

Unfortunately, OneDrive does not have an option to schedule uploads directly. You can use a free third-party automation tool like Hazel to set scheduled video uploads.

What is the maximum video size I can upload from Mac to OneDrive?

You can upload video files up to 15GB in size via the OneDrive desktop app. Use the file splitting method to upload larger videos beyond 15GB.

How do I share a video uploaded to OneDrive from Mac?

Right-click the video in OneDrive online, select Share, and choose to share via a link or grant direct OneDrive access to specific people.

Is my uploaded video library secure on OneDrive?

Yes, OneDrive utilizes enterprise-grade security measures like encryption and stringent access controls to keep your uploaded videos protected.


Uploading videos from your Mac to OneDrive offers a great way to safely backup and access your video collection from anywhere. Whether it's an important home video, presentation recording or any other video file, you can easily upload it to OneDrive using the simple drag-and-drop method. For large collections of videos, batch uploads provide added convenience. Additionally, OneDrive's robust apps and streaming capabilities let you organize, share and view your uploaded videos on any device effortlessly. So stay in control of your video library by securely uploading it to OneDrive in just a few easy steps!

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