Sync files with the new OneDrive sync client in Windows

Sync files with the new OneDrive sync client in Windows

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to them from anywhere. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access them even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically. The OneDrive sync client also allows you to connect and sync files from your SharePoint sites.

This article describes how to download the OneDrive sync client and sign in with your personal account, or work or school account to get started syncing. If you're not using Office 365 Business, see Sync SharePoint files with the OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe).

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Note: For more information about how to use OneDrive, see OneDrive video training.

Install and set up

  1. If you don't have Windows 10 or Office 2016, install the Windows version of the new OneDrive 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 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 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 OneDrive sync client:

Title

Description

Sync SharePoint sites with the new OneDrive sync client

Learn how to configure the OneDrive sync client to sync files from SharePoint sites.

Which OneDrive sync client am I using?

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

New OneDrive sync client release notes

Release notes for the latest release.

Fix OneDrive sync problems

Learn how to fix problems with the OneDrive sync client.

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