Download files and folders from OneDrive or SharePoint

You can download files and folders from OneDrive or SharePoint Online to your computer with just a few clicks. Here's how:

  1. On your OneDrive or SharePoint Online website, select the files or folders you want to download.

  2. Select Download.

    Screenshot of the selecting OneDrive files and downloading them.

  3. If your browser prompts you, choose Save or Save As and browse to the location where you want to save the download. Some browsers just start saving right away to a Downloads folder on your computer.

If you select multiple files or folders and then select Download, your browser will start downloading a .zip file containing all the files and folders you selected. If you're in a folder and you select Download without selecting any files or folders, your browser will begin downloading all contents of the folder.

Notes: 

  • You can't download OneNote notebooks. If you download a folder that contains a OneNote notebook, the .zip file will contain an error message in the form of a .txt file.

  • The option to download multiple files is not yet available in on-premises SharePoint Server (when your organization doesn't subscribe to an Office 365 business plan).

  • The Download button may sometimes disappear if you refresh the web page while looking at a folder. To work around this, you can go up one level in the folder directory and come back or close that tab in your browser and navigate to the folder again.

  • In OneDrive for Business, you can't use Internet Explorer to download folders or multiple files. You can use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome to download folders or multiple files.

  • Downloads are subject to the following limits: individual file size limit: 10GB; total zip file size limit: 20GB; total number of files limit: 10,000.

Make files available offline in a OneDrive mobile app

On a mobile device, you can make files available offline, which is similar to downloading files. From the OneDrive app in iOS, Android, or Windows 10 phone, look for the Offline icon Screenshot of the Keep Offine icon in the OneDrive app for Windows 10 .

  1. In the OneDrive app, select the files you want to take offline (press and hold a file to select it).

  2. Select Keep offline Screenshot of the Keep Offine icon in the OneDrive app for Windows 10 .

Note: The OneDrive app doesn't let you make folders or OneNote notebooks available offline.

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