OneDrive for Android Brings Improved SharePoint Support

Good news for those of you who use OneDrive in the enterprise.  A new update to the app is rolling out now in the Play Store that brings support for SharePoint 2013 and 2016 to it.  The update brings the app to version 5.0 for those keeping score at home.

With this new version of OneDrive installed on your Android phone, you will now have access to file that are stored in SharePoint.  That means you can open and edit them and you will have the ability to do so even if you are offline.  It is a big step forward for enterprise users who were limited to pretty much having to use their desktop to access SharePoint and edit files.

The new feature is only compatible with Windows authentication and Forms-based authentication currently.  If you are having trouble accessing SharePoint after you update to this new version of OneDrive, Microsoft is suggesting that you speak to your IT administrator to confirm access is available or to set it up.

This update, like so many others that Microsoft has done to their Android apps, clearly points to their direction when it comes to mobile.  They plan to support Android (and iOS) through their apps and not necessarily through their own mobile platform.  It makes life easier for their millions of enterprise customers.

If you are wanting to try out OneDrive, as a consumer, the app is free and you get 15GB of free storage when you sign up.

If you have OneDrive installed, look for the update to hit your device as an OTA update over the course of the next few days.