How to Turn Groove and OneDrive into A Music Streaming Duo

Use OneDrive and Groove to stream your personal music collection to any device.

OneDrive and Groove
OneDrive and Groove brings your music collection to all your devices. Microsoft

Dropbox and Google Drive may be the more fashionable cloud storage services to use, but don't discount OneDrive from Microsoft. OneDrive's seamless integration with Windows 10 and other Windows versions makes it a great cloud storage option. Microsoft also offers deep integration with Groove, the default music player in Windows 10, that lets you stream your music collection across all your devices.

Here's How It Works

Before we begin, you need to know about the limitations OneDrive puts on music streaming collections. Microsoft limits music streaming to 50,000 tracks. Before you start uploading make sure you aren't adding more files than that.

Also, keep in mind that you are limited by how much storage you have in OneDrive. Free users will only have 5GB worth of storage, but if you subscribe to Office 365 Home or Personal you get 1TB of storage. That's more than enough room to stash 50,000 tracks in addition to your Office files and whatever else you need.

Once you've got storage worked out, you need to determine whether OneDrive already has a music folder that's ready to go. To check, go to OneDrive.com and login. We won't check based on the OneDrive folders already synced to your PC in case there are OneDrive folders that aren't on your computer.

Once you login, scroll down to the "M" section of your OneDrive folder list to see if a music folder is there.

If there is a folder called Music, skip ahead to the section entitled "Syncing with OneDrive." Otherwise, proceed to the next step.

No Music Folder

If you don't have a music folder go back to your desktop on Windows 10 and create one inside the OneDrive section. To do this tap the Windows key + E to open File Explorer.

Click on OneDrive in the left-hand navigation panel, then on the File Explorer menu select the Home tab and click the New folder button. This creates a new folder in OneDrive on your PC. Now make sure you name it Music.

Syncing With OneDrive

You now have a music folder in OneDrive, but we have to make sure it syncs between OneDrive.com and your PC. To do this click the upward facing arrow on the far right of the Windows 10 taskbar. Right-click the OneDrive icon (the little cloud) and select Settings. Then click on Account > Choose folders, which causes a pop-up window to open with all the folders you can save to OneDrive. Make sure the box next to Music is checked--it should be. Now click OK and then OK again to close the OneDrive settings windows.

Music Dump

Now that your folder is all set-up it's time to add your music. Click and drag all the music from your PC into the "Music" folder in OneDrive. You can do this by opening your primary Music folder in Windows Explorer and tapping CTRL + A. That selects all your items in the folder. Now just drag all the selected artist and album folders over to "Music" in OneDrive.

It will take time for your Music to upload to OneDrive depending on the size of your collection.

Smaller libraries may be uploaded within a few hours, while massive collections could take an entire week or longer.

Once your music collection uploads to OneDrive you will be able to access it across all your devices. On your PC you don't have to worry about waiting for uploads since the music is already available on local storage. All you have to do is open Groove and your music collection will start populating the program, ready to play.

Windows 10 mobile devices have Groove built-in, and Microsoft also offers Groove on Android and iOS. Just sign-in to those mobile apps with the same Microsoft account on your PC.

Then your music collection will be available to stream to those devices--once the files have been uploaded to the cloud.

If you are on an older version of Windows, you can still take advantage of OneDrive's music capabilities. Microsoft offers a Groove Web app that can playback your music collection. On your primary PC, however, all you have to do is point your preferred music player such as iTunes or Windows Media Player to your music collection in OneDrive.

That's all there is to the OneDrive-Groove combo. If you ever run into trouble Microsoft has a help page for managing your music in OneDrive.