How to Turn Groove and OneDrive Into a Music Streaming Duo

Stream your personal music collection to any device

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OneDrive is a cloud storage service for Microsoft Windows users. Learn how to stream your music collection across all your devices using OneDrive and Groove, the original default music player for Windows 10.

Microsoft discontinued support for Groove in 2018, but you can still use the program on Windows 10, Android, or iOS by sideloading the app.

How to Stream Music With Groove and OneDrive

Before you begin, organize all of your music files into a single folder. To set up music streaming with Groove and OneDrive on Windows 10:

  1. Go to OneDrive.com and sign in to your Microsoft account.

    Go to OneDrive.com and sign in to your Microsoft account.
  2. Look for a folder named Music. If there is a Music folder listed under Files, skip ahead to step 5. Otherwise, press Windows key + E to open Windows File Explorer.

    Look for a folder named Music.
  3. Select OneDrive in the left pane of Windows File Explorer.

    Select OneDrive in the left pane of Windows File Explorer.
  4. Select New folder under the Home tab and name the new folder Music.

    Select New folder under the Home tab and name the new folder Music.
  5. Right-click the OneDrive icon (the little cloud) in the Windows 10 taskbar, then select Settings.

    If you don't see the OneDrive icon, select the up arrow in the taskbar to reveal more options.

    Right-click the OneDrive icon (the little cloud) in the Windows 10 taskbar, then select Settings.
  6. Select the Account tab, then select Choose folders.

    Select the Account tab, then select Choose folders.
  7. Make sure the box beside Music is checked, then select OK and close the OneDrive settings window.

    Make sure the box beside Music is checked, then select OK and close the OneDrive settings window.
  8. Open the Music folder in your OneDrive and select Upload > Folder.

    Open the Music folder in your OneDrive and select Upload > Folder.
  9. Choose the folder containing all of your music files and select Upload.

    After your music collection uploads to OneDrive, you will be able to access it across all your devices.

    Choose the folder containing all of your music files and select Upload.
  10. After your music finishes uploading to OneDrive, open Groove. Your music collection will populate the program, and you can start streaming music.

    Open Groove to start streaming music from your OneDrive.

Streaming Music Via OneDrive on Mobile Devices

If you have the Groove mobile app, sign in with your Microsoft account to stream your music collection from the cloud to your mobile device.

You can also stream music from your OneDrive via Spotify or iTunes using a similar setup.

Limitations of Using OneDrive to Stream Music

Microsoft limits music streaming to 50,000 tracks. You are also limited by how much storage space you have available in OneDrive. Free users have just 5GB worth of storage, but if you subscribe to Office 365, you get 1TB of storage space. That's more than enough room to stash 50,000 tracks in addition to your MS Office files and whatever else you need.