Get started with the new OneDrive sync client in Windows

The new OneDrive sync client lets you connect and sync files from your OneDrive for Business. You can add a work or school account to the new OneDrive sync client and sync all your files to your computer.

Notes: 

  • The new OneDrive sync client now supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7. The new OneDrive sync client doesn't yet support syncing site libraries or on-premises instances of OneDrive for Business (when your organization doesn't subscribe to an Office 365 business plan).

  • The new OneDrive sync client also supports real-time co-authoring and sharing documents from Office apps when you’re using Office 2016 (Click-to-Run version 16.0.6741.2027 or later). Integration with the downloadable MSI version of Office 2016 is coming later this year. For more information about installing Office 365, see Install Office on your PC or Mac.

Things to check first

Already have OneDrive for Business?

If you're using the existing OneDrive for Business sync client to sync your SharePoint content, read Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client before proceeding. Which OneDrive sync client am I using?

Using Windows 10 or Office 2016?

If you're running Windows 10 or Office 2016, or if you have signed into the OneDrive client with a Microsoft account (for example, someone@outlook.com), you should already have the new OneDrive sync client and you can skip to step 2 below.

Note: If you're running Windows 8.1, the new OneDrive sync client will sync only your work or school account. To sync personal accounts, sign in to Windows with your Microsoft account.

Install and set up

  1. Install the Windows version of the new OneDrive for Business sync client.

  2. Start OneDrive Setup.

Method 1: If you have no accounts signed in to OneDrive

If you don’t currently have an account signed in to OneDrive, start OneDrive sign in with your work or school account.

  1. Select the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:

    • In Windows 10, select the OneDrive desktop app.

      Screenshot of searching for the OneDrive desktop app in Windows 10

    • In Windows 7, under Programs, select Microsoft OneDrive.

      Screenshot of searching for the OneDrive desktop app in Windows 7

    • In Windows 8.1, search for OneDrive for Business, and then select the OneDrive for Business app.

  2. When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your work or school account, and then select Sign in to set up your account.

    Screenshot of the first screen of OneDrive Setup

Method 2: If you already have a personal account signed in to OneDrive

If you already have a personal account signed in to OneDrive, you’ll want to use OneDrive Settings to add a work or school account.

  1. In the taskbar navigation area, right-click the white OneDrive cloud icon and select Settings.

    The right-click menu for the OneDrive icon.

    (You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon. If the icon doesn't appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running. Click Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then click OneDrive in the search results.)

  2. In Settings, select Account, and then select Add an account.

    The Account tab in OneDrive settings.

    When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your work or school account, and then select Sign in to set up your account.

    Screenshot of the first screen of OneDrive Setup

Key points in OneDrive Setup

There are two screens in OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:

  • On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files. If you want to change the folder location, select Change location - this is the best time to make this change.

    Screenshot of the This is Your OneDrive Folder screen in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard

  • On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync, and select Next. This helps control the amount of space OneDrive files take on your computer and conserves bandwidth during sync processes. You can change this later in Settings, but this is a good opportunity as well.

    Screenshot of the Sync files from your OneDrive screen in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard

Note: If you were already syncing OneDrive for Business to your computer (using the previous sync client) and you've just installed the new OneDrive sync client, you won't see the This is your OneDrive folder or the Sync files from your OneDrive screen during OneDrive Setup. The new OneDrive sync client automatically takes over syncing in the same folder location you were using before. To choose which folders you're syncing, right-click the blue cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select Settings > Account > Choose folders.

Enjoy OneDrive for Business

You're all set. Your OneDrive for Business files will also appear in File Explorer window in the OneDrive – [YourTenantName] folder.

Screenshot of OneDrive for Business files in File Explorer

You now have a new blue cloud icon in your notification area and your work files are synced to your computer. Your blue cloud icon will appear as OneDrive – [YourTenantName] when you hover over the icon.

OneDrive for Business sync client

Any time you want to change the work or school folders you sync on your computer, right-click that blue cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and select Settings > Account > Choose folders. Find other information about your account and change other OneDrive settings from here.

A screenshot showing the cursor over the Choose folders button in the Account tab in the OneDrive settings menu.

Additional resources

For additional resources about the new OneDrive sync client:

Title

Description

Plan to deploy the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in an enterprise environment

Learn how administrators can plan for deploying the Next Generation Sync Client for Windows to users in their enterprise environment.

Deploying the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in an enterprise environment

Learn how administrators can deploy the Next Generation Sync Client for Windows to users in their enterprise environment.

Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client

Learn how Windows users can transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client to the Next Generation Sync Client.

Administrative settings for the new OneDrive Sync Client (OneDrive.exe)

Learn how administrators can control and manage the Next Generation Sync Client for their users through Group Policy.

Which OneDrive sync client am I using?

Learn how to easily tell which OneDrive sync client you are using.

OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client release notes

Release notes for the latest release.

Fix OneDrive sync problems with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista

Learn how to fix problems with the OneDrive desktop sync app on Windows.

Fix OneDrive sync problems on a Mac

Learn how to fix problems with the OneDrive desktop sync app on a Mac.

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