You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere - your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.live.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.
This tutorial will show you how to set up OneDrive for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Click/tap on the OneDrive notification icon on the system tray in the taskbar corner, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)
If you don't have the OneDrive notification icon available, then open the OneDrive app (%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe).
Enter your email address for your Microsoft account, or you work or school account, and click/tap on Sign-in. (see screenshot below)
Enter the password for your Microsoft account, or you work or school account, and click/tap on Sign in. (see screenshot below)
If you turned on two-step verification for your Microsoft account, select how (ex: text) you want to receive a code, fill out any other required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshots below)
Verify the location of your OneDrive folder is correct, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on the Change location link first if you need to change the location of your OneDrive folder.
Click/tap on Use this location. (see screenshot below)
Perform the step below you want: (see screenshots below)
- Turn on or off folders you want to sync to OneDrive, and click/tap on Start syncing.
- Turn off all folders to not sync to OneDrive, and click/tap on I'll do it later.
Turning on a folder to be backed up and synced to OneDrive will move the files from inside that folder to your OneDrive folder and synced to the cloud (aka: your online OneDrive).
Click/tap on Now now. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Next to "Get to know your OneDrive". (see screenshots below)
Click/tap on Later. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Open my OneDrive folder. (see screenshot below)
Your OneDrive folder on the PC will now open for you to inspect. (see screenshot below)
- Enable or Disable OneDrive in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off OneDrive Run at Startup in Windows 11
- Add or Remove OneDrive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11
- Turn On or Off OneDrive Folder Backup Syncing Across Windows 11 Devices
- Choose which OneDrive Folders to Sync in Windows 11
- Enable or Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 11
- Enable or Disable Show OneDrive Status on Navigation Pane in Windows 11
- Move or Restore Default Location of OneDrive Folder in Windows 11
- Reset OneDrive in Windows 10 and Windows 11