Coming Soon: Offline Storage for OneDrive on iOS and Windows Phones

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, OneDrive, Windows Phones with 0

Coming Soon: Offline Storage for OneDrive on iOS and Windows Phones

Following a release on Android in September, Microsoft revealed today that it will be providing offline access to files and folders from its OneDrive mobile app on iOS and Windows phones. Next up is iOS, which will gain offline capabilities later in the December.

“The OneDrive for iOS app will support offline storage,” Microsoft corporate vice president Jeff Teper explained. “You can selectively flag files for local availability and open them when disconnected. The updated app will be available before the end of December 2015. We will take this same capability to Windows 10 Mobile in the second quarter of 2016.”


Additionally, Microsoft has baked support for OneDrive for Business into its Office Lens app on iOS. As Microsoft says, Office Lens is essentially a mobile scanner that lets you to take pictures of printed documents, business cards, expense receipts and even whiteboards, with automated cropping, trimming and searching of those images. It’s one of my top mobile app picks, but to date it’s only worked with OneDrive for consumers. (It saves to OneNote.)

OneDrive for Business support is coming to Office Lens for Android and Windows 10 Mobile in the first quarter of 2016.