SWITCHdrive is a non-commercial cloud storage service for institutions of higher education in Switzerland.

All the data are stored and processed exclusively in SWITCH's two data centres in Zurich and Lausanne, which are part of the Swiss academic network, and are never made available to third parties. Furthermore, SWITCH does not share any user details with third parties.

SWITCHdrive can be used by members of participating universities and offers a secure alternative to commercial cloud storage services. Files can be stored, synchronised, shared and worked on in collaboration with others – quickly and reliably. SWITCHdrive as the academic cloud storage service is easy to use with a browser, desktop client or mobile app.

Your institution needs to subscribe to SWITCHdrive. If that is the case, you can register on https://cloud-id.switch.ch for SWITCHdrive.

You can find a list or participating Institutions here.

A SWITCHdrive Client is a software or a device which is connected to your SWITCHdrive account.

You can connect to your SWITCHdrive account via Web-Client, Desktop-Client or Mobile-Client. You can download the desktop and mobile clients in the Download section in this help section or by clicking the corresponding buttons in your personal SWITCHdrive settings.


To connect to your SWITCHdrive account via SWITCHdrive Web-Client, just open a web browser and type https://drive.switch.ch into the address bar and login to your account. The Web-Client allows you to see all your files in a browser window where you can do various actions with them (e.g. share them with others, rename or delete them). You also need to use the Web-Client to restore a deleted file, to see different versions of a file, to create a custom-group or to see an overview about the activities of your files, for example.


However, for standard use, most SWITCHdrive users prefer to install the SWITCHdrive Desktop client which is synchronising your files in the background to a local folder on your harddrive, so you can work with them as you are used to. As soon as you have created, modified or deleted a file inside the switchdrive folder, the SWITCHdrive desktop client will automatically synchronise the changes to your SWITCHdrive account and sends the changes to all other SWITCHdrive clients that are running. You can therefore easily modify a file on your home computer for example and get the changes synchronised to your office computer, if both have the SWITCHdrive desktop client installed and running. You can also create or modify files when there is no web-connection. As soon as you connect the computer again to the web all the changes are synchronised to your SWITCHdrive accoutn and to the other clients.

Use a SWITCHdrive Mobile Client to see your files also on mobile devices like smart phones or tablet. However, creating and modifying files with a mobile client is limited, but may change in the future. 

The quota is 50GB for the accounts provided by your institution.

It is up to your institution to allow you more space. Please refer to this page how to proceed.

Please get the latest client manually form here. We apologise for the inconvenience.

The WebDAV address is


Use your SWITCH Cloud Account login credentials.

Under Windows make sure that the service WebClient is started otherwise WebDAV does not work properly.

Make sure you use https: and not just http: when connecting through WebDAV to https://drive.switch.ch/remote.php/webdav/

You have to enter the server name https://drive.switch.ch if you want to use the native ownCloud client instead of the SWITCHdrive client.

No, there isn't. With your Windows mobile device you'd have to use the web client through your browser.

At this moment the use of SWITCHdrive is reserved to Swiss Universities which have subscribed to this service (and may request to delete your account). But usually, you will be able to continue using SWITCHdrive using the SWITCH edu-ID, currently without any costs. In case that SWITCH terminates this offer or requests a fee, SWITCH would inform you at least 90 days in advance under the e-mail address that is connected to your account.

If you intend to terminate your connection to the SWITCHdrive system, you may log out of SWITCHdrive and simply not log back in again. You can still work with your local copies of the files stored on your computer but you cannot sync & share them any more.

The data stored on SWITCHdrive is hosted in the data centers of SWITCH which are located in Switzerland and connected to the academic network of SWITCH. Regarding treatment of data we are conform to the relevant Swiss law and regulations.

The data on the SWITCH servers is transferred encrypted using SSL. The mobile and desktop client software does not encrypt the data stored. If you whish to encrypt the client data, please use a 3rd party tool that handles encryption if your operating system does not. You may e.g. use password protected ZIP files.

No, the user is responsible for the backup of his data. Of course we have a system-wide backup where we can restore the whole system in case of disaster but this cannot be claimed for individual restore requests.

Please be aware that the desktop client will synchronize the contents of a local folder with the server. This works not only fine for creating or modifying a file, but also for deleting a file. If you delete a file, it gets not only deleted on the SWITCHdrive server but also deleted on other clients that were syncing that file.

SWITCHdrive provides a trash-bin for deleted files which means deleted files can be brought back. This functionality is available for 90 days after the file was deleted. When this period is over, the file is permanently removed from the servers and cannot be restored any more.