Get started with the new OneDrive sync client on Mac OS X

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.

Note: The new OneDrive sync client is supported on OS X version 10.9 and above. The new OneDrive sync client syncs only OneDrive for Business associated with Office 365 business accounts.

Install and set up

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.

  1. Install OneDrive from the Mac app store.

  2. Start OneDrive Setup.

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

If you're not signed in to OneDrive with any account, start OneDrive to connect a work or school account.

  1. Start OneDrive by pressing cmd+Space to launch a Spotlight query and type OneDrive. This starts OneDrive Setup.

  2. Enter your work or school account and then select Sign in to set up your account.

    Screenshot of the first page 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 add a work or school account in OneDrive Preferences.  

  1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon up in your Menu bar and select Preferences .

    Screenshot of setting OneDrive personal preferences

  2. Click the Account tab and in the new Add Account group, select Add a Business Account to start OneDrive Setup.

    Screenshot of adding business account in OneDrive preferences on a Mac

  3. Enter your work or school account and click Sign in.

    Screenshot of the first page of OneDrive Setup

Key parts of OneDrive Setup

There are a few points of OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:

  • On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, click Choose OneDrive Folder Location.

    Screenshot of the This is Your OneDrive Folder page in Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a Mac

    Select a location where you would like to save your OneDrive files and click Choose this location.

    Screenshot of choosing a folder location in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a Mac

    When you see the This is your OneDrive folder screen, you’ll now see a path to the folder you selected. Click Next to continue.

    Screenshot of This is your OneDrive folder screen after choosing a folder in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a Mac

  • On the Sync Files from Your OneDrive screen, you can choose the folders you want to sync to your computer, and click Next. This conserves space on your computer, and reduces bandwidth needed for the sync processes.

  • When you see Your OneDrive Is Ready for You, the last thing to do is make sure you select Open at login so my files sync automatically. This will ensure that OneDrive runs at login and you always have the most up to date version of all your files.

    Screenshot of the last screen of the Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a Mac

    After you enable OneDrive to open at login, you’re done! Click Open your OneDrive folder to see your files sync to your folder.

You can find OneDrive up in your Menu bar. You’ll have a cloud icon for every account you’ve connected to OneDrive. So you’ll have one cloud if you’re only syncing a work or school account, one cloud if you’re syncing only a personal account, or two clouds if you’re syncing both.

Screenshot of OneDrive in the menu bar on a Mac after finishing Welcome to Onedrive

You’ll also see a folder in Finder called OneDrive – YourTenantName.

Screenshot of Finder integration on Mac with sync overlays for synced files

Turn on Finder integration

If you’re on OSX 10.10 or higher, get sync status directly from Finder by enabling Finder overlays in Settings.

First, click the Apple logo in the top left corner of your Mac Desktop and select System Preferences, then select Extensions in the top-level menu (shown in the 3rd row from the top).

Screenshot of system preferences on a Mac

Toggle on the OneDrive Finder Integration to enable Finder overlays.

Screenshot of Extensions in system preferences on a Mac

You’re all set. Open up your OneDrive folder in Finder to see overlays on your files and folders.

Screenshot of Finder integration on Mac with sync overlays for synced files

Additional resources

For additional resources about the Next Generation Sync Client:

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Description

Deploying the OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client on OS X and configuring work or school accounts

Learn how administrators can deploy the Next Generation Sync Client on OS X to users in their enterprise environment.

OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client Release Notes

Knowledge base article with release notes, limits, and restrictions (such as invalid characters in file names).

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