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OneDrive vs. iCloud Drive: Which is the Better Choice?

Cloud storage is a growing technology trend. As more and more users choose cloud storage as a method of data storage or backup, more and more cloud storage providers have come to everyone's attention, providing different services and subscription plans. Although facing so many challenges, OneDrive and iCloud still stand firm.

OneDrive is the cloud storage service launched by Microsoft. It allows users to sync or backup files to OneDrive cloud server and keep the files safely and remotely. Users can access, share or download files on OneDrive at any time they need. Meanwhile, it offers each user 5 GB of free storage space and provides users with different apps to let users avoid the limitations of accessing files.

iCloud is Apple's online storage service that allows users to store data including photos, music, and their iOS applications on Apple's remote computer servers. Then, all these data can be accessed by any Apple device running iOS 5 or later. Each user of Apple devices can install iCloud and get 5 GB of free storage space.

Actually, it is hard to make the choice between OneDrive and iCloud because both of them have their own advantages. If you are a Windows user and subscribed to Office 365, OneDrive may be the better choice because it works seamlessly with Other Office products. And if you are a Mac user, iCloud may be more attractive to you.

Can I Sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive?

“I operate in the Apple world and my wife uses Windows. We have Office 365 on my wife's windows laptop which has OneDrive cloud storage. I have a lot of photos in iCloud. So, I wonder if I can sync iCloud with OneDrive so that we can share all the photos. How do I achieve that? Thanks in advance for your kindly reply!”

As the case shows, there are some users who use OneDrive and iCloud simultaneously and may need to sync files between iCloud and OneDrive. Thus, they can see all the files in both cloud storage or they can keep a backup version of important data. So, is there a way to sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive? The answer is yes.

As we all know, although iCloud works seamlessly with Apple’s product, it may be a little difficult for users to sync iCloud with other third-party cloud storage like OneDrive, Dropbox, and so on directly. If you need to do this, there are some tricks that can help you sync iCloud Drive and OneDrive with ease.

How to Sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive?

There are two ways that show you how to sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive easily. Both of the ways are easy to follow, you can choose one according to your needs. Please keep reading to learn the detailed steps.

Method 1. Sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive via Sync Folder

Although you cannot sync iCloud Drive to OneDrive directly via desktop app or web app, you can sync files between the two cloud storage via the auto-sync folder on your computer. Generally, when we download and install the desktop app of iCloud or OneDrive, they will create a sync folder on your Windows or Mac by default.

This folder is created for auto-sync. Once you put files into this kind of folder, files will be synced to the cloud automatically. Meanwhile, the changes that you made on the cloud will be synced to this folder. Therefore, you can use this folder to sync files between iCloud Drive and OneDrive.

In this way, you can automatically synchronize files between different cloud drives, but it will occupy your local storage and you need to keep your computer running to keep the synchronization tasks running in real-time.

Step 1. Download and install the iCloud Drive and OneDrive desktop app on your computer.

  • If you are using a Mac, iCloud is already installed on the Mac, so you only need to install OneDrive for Mac.

iCloud

  • For Windows users, you need to install both OneDrive for Windows and iCloud for Windows.

Step 2. After installing, you will have the iCloud Drive folder and the OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. Just drag the files from the iCloud folder to the local OneDrive folder, and the program will automatically sync to the cloud drive, vice versa.

Windows Icloud Drive

Method 2. Use a third-party cloud sync tool

Besides using the sync folders of iCloud Drive and OneDrive, you can also rely on a third-party cloud sync tool like AnyTrans to sync files between two cloud storage directly. AnyTrans is a free tool that allows you to sync iCloud to Google Photos, OneDrive, Google Drive, and so on. You can follow the steps below to sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive.

Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans on your computer.

Step 2. Launch it and move to Phone Switcher > Choose Cloud to Cloud.

Anytrans

Step 3. Sign in to your iCloud and OneDrive account. Select iCloud as source cloud and OneDrive account as target cloud.

Anytrans 1

Step 4. Next, AnyTrans will show the data categories in your iCloud. Select one or more categories and tap on the Next button.

Anytrans 2

Final Words

According to the methods above, you can sync iCloud Drive with OneDrive easily. The first way is easy to follow because you only need to download and set up two desktop apps. The second is direct but you need to rely on a third-party tool. You can choose one way that suits you best to follow.