Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 Build 25163 to Insiders on the Dev Channel earlier today. Our senior editor Zac Bowden covered all the changes in the update, but one new feature caught my eye. In the latest Windows 11 Insider build, you can select OneDrive as a share destination to upload files directly to the cloud. The reason I noticed it is because I assumed it was already an option.
I use OneDrive on my Android phone and constantly share content with the cloud service. For example, I take a few clips of my American football team and look at them in my phone’s gallery. When it turns out to be worth saving for the long term, I just tap the share icon, choose OneDrive as the destination, and select the folder I want the videos in.
While it’s possible to upload files directly from the OneDrive app, I prefer to view items in a gallery or files app and then save the ones I need. I assumed this was a natural workflow and checked with a few of my colleagues. To confirm my sanity, I wasn’t the only member of our team to use OneDrive in this way. In fact, one of my colleagues uses a similar feature on iOS.
The folks working on Windows 11 and OneDrive must have seen someone do this on their phone and become jealous because the functionality is making its way to Windows 11.
“When sharing a local file through Desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window, you can select OneDrive as the destination to upload the file directly to OneDrive and to share further along with access control options,” reads the changelog for the latest Insider build of Windows 11.
“All of this can be done directly from sharing local files in File Explorer without context switching or opening the OneDrive app.”
Hopefully this option will find its way through the insider rings and be made available to everyone on Windows 11.