How To Share Large Video Files Using Onedrive

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One difficulty I frequently encounter is sharing large video files with friends and colleagues. These files are not only too large to be sent via email, but they can also take a long time to upload and download through traditional file-sharing methods. Fortunately, I came across a solution – OneDrive. In this article, I will guide you through the process of using OneDrive to share large video files, and how it has made my life easier.

What is OneDrive?

Before diving into the process, let’s take a moment to understand what OneDrive is. OneDrive is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft that allows users to store and share files online. It acts as a personal file server in the cloud, accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

Step 1: Uploading the video file to OneDrive

The first step in sharing a large video file using OneDrive is to upload the file to your OneDrive account. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Login to your OneDrive account or create a new account if you don’t have one already.
  2. Click on the “Upload” button and select the video file from your computer.
  3. Wait for the file to finish uploading. The time it takes will depend on the size of the video and your internet connection speed.

Step 2: Generating a shareable link

Once the video file is uploaded to your OneDrive account, you’ll need to generate a shareable link that others can use to access the file. Here’s how:

  1. Locate the video file in your OneDrive account.
  2. Right-click on the file and select the “Share” option.
  3. A window will appear with sharing options. Click on the “Copy link” button to copy the shareable link to your clipboard.

Step 3: Sharing the link with others

Now that you have the shareable link, it’s time to share it with the intended recipients. There are a few ways you can do this:

  • Paste the link into an email and send it to the desired recipients.
  • Share the link through a messaging app or collaboration platform.
  • Post the link on a website or social media platform.

By sharing the link, others can easily access and download the large video file without the need for them to create a OneDrive account.

Additional OneDrive features

OneDrive offers several additional features that can enhance your file-sharing experience:

  • Collaboration: You can invite others to collaborate on the video file, allowing them to view, edit, and comment on the content.
  • Version history: OneDrive keeps track of file versions, making it easy to revert to a previous version if needed.
  • Offline access: OneDrive allows you to download files for offline access, ensuring you can still access your video files even without an internet connection.


Sharing large video files has never been easier thanks to OneDrive. With its seamless upload process, shareable links, and additional features, it has become my go-to solution for sharing videos with friends and colleagues. Give it a try, and you’ll never have to worry about file size limitations again!