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.

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.