OneDrive is a cloud-based online storage service from Microsoft. It gives 5GB of free cloud storage. You can also use it as a part of a Microsoft 365 subscription, which includes Microsoft Office and 1TB of OneDrive storage space. It is available in the web version, desktop app, and mobile app.
OneDrive lets you keep files that you create, edit, and store on your computer/phone in sync with the cloud and make them available from anywhere. Besides, you are able to let specific locations from your computer be backed up to OneDrive, like backing up Documents, Pictures, or Desktop folder to OneDrive.
Here on this page, we will elaborate on how to set up OneDrive on PC, including Windows and Mac, and phone.
How to Set up OneDrive on Windows 11/10/8/7 and Mac
In Windows 11/10, OneDrive has been integrated into the operating system. Even if you use a different operating system, such as a Mac or Windows 8/7, how to setup OneDrive is still quite similar. Here are steps about how to set up OneDrive on Mac and Windows:
Step 1. Download and run the OneDrive sync client. Then, enter your email address and click Sign in.
Tip: If you are running on Windows 11 and Windows 10, search for “OneDrive” in the Windows search bar to launch it directly.
Step 2. Specify the OneDrive folder location on your computer. You can click on “Change location” to modify the folder location as you need. Then, click Next.
Step 3. Click Open my OneDrive folder to go to the OneDrive sync folder on your computer and you can drag and drop or copy and paste the files/folders into this folder to upload data to the OneDrive cloud.
After learning how to set up OneDrive on windows 10/8/7 and Mac, you can check the following OneDrive features:
CBackup is a powerful free cloud backup and sync service that can help you synchronize entire PC to OneDrive automatically. In addition to PC files, it also supports to sync external hard drives and USB flash drives.
This tool allows you to create different schedules for data, such as syncing Desktop to OneDrive daily or syncing D drive to OneDrive weekly, etc. It also offers a Backup feature that makes it easy to use OneDrive for backup only and easily restore backup files when needed. The following is a full guide to syncing files to OneDrive using CBackup:
Step 1. Download and run the CBackup software. Create an account for it free and sign in.
Step 2. Click Storage on the left panel and select OneDrive to complete the authorization.
Step 3. Go to Sync and choose Sync PC to Public Cloud.
Step 4. Select folders and files to upload and choose a OneDrive folder as the sync destination.
Step 5. Click Start Sync immediately. Or, you can click Settings to create a sync schedule to run the task automatically.
Tip: Except for OneDrive, CBackup enables you to sync files to Google Drive, Dropbox, and more public clouds. It also provides a Cloud to Cloud Backup feature that can help you backup files between clouds, like backing up OneDrive to Google Drive, quickly and easily.
This covers how to set up OneDrive on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android, and presents powerful features you can use to backup and sync files to OneDrive using its desktop and mobile apps.
Besides, there is an alternative method, using CBackup, that lets you add any folder to OneDrive without moving location, as well as backup files to OneDrive and restore backups when files are lost or corrupted.
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