Use OneDrive Files On-Demand on Mac

Use OneDrive Files On-Demand on Mac

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your files in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use storage space on your device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in Mac Finder and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use online-only files like every other file on your device.

Before you begin

To try Files On-Demand for Mac, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Update your operating system to the latest version of Mac OS Mojave 10.14. You can download and install Mac OS Mojave from the Mac App Store.

  2. Set up OneDrive to update automatically by opting into either the Office Insiders update ring or the OneDrive Insiders update ring (this link runs a script).

  3. If you've been using OneDrive on your Mac already (it's not a new account), quit OneDrive, delete the json files (*.json) in ~/Library/Caches/OneDrive, and then relaunch OneDrive.

Download and set up OneDrive

Download and install OneDrive Files On-Demand for Mac.

For new OneDrive accounts on Mac OS Mojave, Files On-Demand is turned on by default when you set up OneDrive. Existing users need to turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive Preferences.

Screenshot of Preferences in Mac for OneDrive Files On-Demand

Once Files On-Demand is turned on, you'll see the following new options when selecting files or folders in Finder.

Screenshot of OneDrive Files On-Demand options in Finder on a Mac

If you don’t see the options above, you'll need to relaunch Finder:

  1. Press and hold the Control and Option keys.

  2. Click Finder in the Dock.

  3. Click Relaunch.

You can also relaunch Finder from the Force Quit dialog box:

  1. Launch Force Quit from the Apple menu (or press option + command + escape).

  2. Select Finder and press Relaunch.

Screenshot of Finder in the Force Quit Applications dialog box on a Mac

Note: OneDrive Files On-Demand requires an Apple File System (APFS) formatted volume for syncing files. If you've been using a previous file system, it will be automatically updated when you upgrade to Mac OS Mojave.

Learn More

See Configure Files On-Demand for Mac (IT administrators).

Need more help?


Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team. To contact One Drive for Business support from your PC or Mac, open the activity center, select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

One Drive for Business Admins can also view the OneDrive for Business Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Business Admins, or contact Office 365 for business support.

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OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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