Which version of OneDrive am I using?

If you're not sure which version of OneDrive you're using, or which version of OneDrive you need, here's how to check.

This article is about OneDrive for Windows. If you have a Mac, you only use one sync client. See Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client on Mac OS X.

Check the taskbar

Look at the taskbar on your computer, and hover over the OneDrive cloud icon that isn't syncing. Which color icon and hover text do you see?

You might need to select the Show hidden icons arrow ( The Show hidden icons button. or The Show Hidden Icons arrow in Windows 8. ) next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.

A screenshot showing the cursor hovering over the white OneDrive icon, with the text OneDrive - Personal.

If you see:

  • A white icon with this hover text: "OneDrive - Personal"

And you're using:

  • Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista

You're using the new OneDrive sync client.

A screenshot showing the white OneDrive icon in Windows 8.1.

If you see:

  • A white icon with hover text like this: "Files are up to date"

And you're using:

  • Windows 8.1 or RT 8.1

You're using the previous OneDrive personal sync client.

A screenshot showing the cursor hovering over the blue OneDrive icon on the taskbar, with text that says OneDrive - Contoso.

If you see:

  • A blue icon with this hover text: "OneDrive - <your company>"

And you're syncing:

  • OneDrive for Business in Office 365

You're using the new OneDrive sync client.

A screenshot showing the cursor hovering over the blue OneDrive icon, with the text OneDrive for Business.

If you see:

  • A blue icon with this hover text: "OneDrive for Business"

And you're syncing:

  • An on-premises instance of OneDrive for Business

  • OR SharePoint site libraries

You're using the previous OneDrive for Business sync client.

If you don't see one of these icons on your taskbar, that version of OneDrive isn’t running or it might not be installed on your computer. To see if that version is installed but not running, go to Start, enter OneDrive in the search bar, and select OneDrive (for the new sync client) or OneDrive for Business (for the old sync client) in the search results.

Note: In the taskbar navigation area, if you have a gray OneDrive cloud icon OneDrive for Business sync client , you have the new OneDrive sync client but haven't set it up for your work or school account. Select the icon and sign into either your personal or business account with your work or school account information.

Check File Explorer

Another way to see which version of OneDrive you have is to check the name of the OneDrive sync client in File Explorer.

  1. Go to Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and right-click either OneDrive or OneDrive for Business.

  2. Select Open file location.

    A screenshot showing the right-click menu in the Start Menu, with Open File Location selected.

  3. In File Explorer, right-click the OneDrive application and select Properties.

    A screenshot showing the OneDrive application in File Explorer.

  4. Under the Shortcut tab, look next to Target:

    A screenshot showing the OneDrive application properties menu.

    • If the text ends in OneDrive.exe, you have the new OneDrive sync client.

    • If the text ends in Groove.exe, you have the previous OneDrive for Business sync client.

    • If the text ends in SkyDrive.exe, you have the previous OneDrive personal sync client.

Which sync client do I need?

Depending on whether or not you're an Office 365 subscriber, you'll need to use either the new OneDrive sync client or the previous OneDrive for Business sync client. You can run both at the same time if you're an Office 365 subscriber but also want to sync across SharePoint site libraries.

To sync these files

Use this sync client

OneDrive for Business accounts associated with Office 365.

new OneDrive sync client

SharePoint site libraries or on-premises instances of OneDrive for Business (instances that aren't associated with Office 365)

The previous OneDrive for Business client

To get the new OneDrive sync client, see Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in Windows.

If what you want to sync includes one or more SharePoint or on-premises locations, you need to have the previous OneDrive for Business sync client, even if you also have the new OneDrive sync client. Make sure the previous OneDrive for Business sync client is up to date - see Update the OneDrive for Business sync app.

Tip: If you sync OneDrive files to your Mac, you’re already using the new OneDrive sync client. See Get started with the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client on Mac OS X.

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