By Nicky twitter / Last Updated June 15, 2021

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Quick Guide

Introduction about OneDrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is an online cloud storage service provided by Microsoft, which gives each Microsoft account user 5GB of free storage space and multiple options for upgrades. OneDrive integrates with Windows 10 to be the default location for saving files, photos, and other documents and accessible across multiple devices such as Mac, iPhone, and Android.

Now that the 3-2-1 backup strategy is becoming more popular and cloud storage is regarded as a safe backup solution, OneDrive has also been chosen by many users for its outstanding performance because it can keep all your files backed up, protected, synced.

OneDrive

Why backup files to OneDrive?

Backing up files to OneDrive is a good way to prevent your data from accidentally losing due to hardware failure, malware attack, and any other unexpected things. If any bad thing happens, you can recover files from OneDrive.

Once you save files on OneDrive, you are able to access them from any PC, phone, or tablet. Also, you can use the files anytime, even when there is no Internet connection.

OneDrive gives you an easy way to share docs, photos, videos, and albums stored in OneDrive with friends and family by setting the file to “public.”

OneDrive works well with Microsoft products. Collaborate in real-time on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files stored in OneDrive.

Your files are encrypted in OneDrive and it keeps your files private unless you share them. Also, keep important files secured with Personal Vault.

Does OneDrive automatically backup?

Actually, to help you backup files to OneDrive in an easier way, OneDrive allows you to choose specific folders or all files to be synced across the computer and cloud when you're set up the OneDrive program on your computer at the beginning.

In addition, to ensure a PC’s important folders are backed up to Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive offers a folder protection feature to automatically sync your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to OneDrive. If you use multiple Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive will automatically keep all these folders in sync.

Therefore, OneDrive auto backup is easy for most users to achieve as long as you set up OneDrive to automatically sync your files between the computer and the cloud or enable the folder protection feature to automatically backup folders to OneDrive on Windows 10 or Mac.

How to automatically back up files to OneDrive on Windows 10?

Way 1. Use OneDrive desktop app

To help users auto backup files to OneDrive, OneDrive offers a desktop app for users to set up an auto backup task on both Windows PC and Mac. Here are steps auto backup files to OneDrive in Windows:

1. Click Start and search for “OneDrive”, and then open it.

Note: If you're using Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed. But If you don't have Windows 10 or Office 2016, download and install the Windows version of the new OneDrive sync app.

2. When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal account, or your work or school account, and select “Sign in”.

Set Up

3. 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”.

Folder Location

4. You’ll now be prompted to select the folders that you want to sync across the local PC and the cloud. Only the ones that you tick will be available offline. Press the “Next” button to get to the final set up screen which confirms everything is ready to sync.

Choose Sync Folder

Note: If you need to change which folders are synced in the future, right-click OneDrive’s tray icon and click “Settings”. The “Choose folders” button will let you access the sync window again so you can download more folders or exclude ones that are getting too large.

OneDrive Setting

To enable folder protection feature:

1. Open OneDrive "Settings".

2. In “Settings”, select “Backup” > “Manage backup” to choose the folder you want to automatically backup to OneDrive on Windows 10.

Folder Backup

Way 2. Use a third-party tool

Besides the official desktop app that OneDrive offers for file syncing, you can also automatically back up files to OneDrive in Windows 10 via a third-party tool like CBackup, which is a professional PC cloud backup for Windows PCs. Although it a cloud backup service that has its own cloud server called CBackup Cloud. It also allows you to add your third-party cloud storage accounts including OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive and backup PC files to them easily.

In addition, it offers many useful backup settings such as scheduled backup, which allows you to set up an automatic backup task in specific time, daily, weekly or monthly mode. Thus, you can auto backup your files to OneDrive regularly. What's more, CBackup is quite easy to use, you can download it to have a try.

Let's see how to backup files to OneDrive automatically with CBackup:

1. Download CBackup and create a new CBackup account, and then sign in to CBackup desktop app.

2. Click "My Storage" on the left side, and click "+ Add Cloud" button, then choose OneDrive and hit "Add". Then follow the on-screen guide to allow CBackup to access your OneDrive files.

Add Cloud

3. Select the "Backup Tasks" tab, and then press "+ New Task" button to backup files to OneDrive.

Create Task

4. Specify the "Task Name", and click "Add Source" button to choose folders you want to backup to OneDrive. Hit "Add Destination" button to choose "Single Cloud" > "OneDrive" as the target location.

Select Destination Single Cloud

5. Press "Start Backup" button to backup files to OneDrive with CBackup.

Start Backup Computer To Onedrive

Note: You can tap "Settings" at the bottom of the window before starting back up, tick "Enable schedule backup" option, specify the time you want to backup files to OneDrive, and click "OK".

Schedule Backup

How to automatically backup files to OneDrive on Mac?

You can also use the official desktop app on Mac to backup files automatically. Follow the steps below to auto backup to OneDrive on Mac:

1. Download and install the OneDrive Sync Client for Mac from Microsoft and open it.

2. Sign in to your Microsoft account. When prompted for where this email address is used, click "Personal" or "Work or school".

Set Up

3. Click “Choose OneDrive Folder Location” to select the folder that you will sync to OneDrive. Select a location for your OneDrive folder and then click “Choose this location”.

Folder Location

4. Choose what you want to sync from your OneDrive folder to your Mac and which folder you want to automatically backup to OneDrive on Mac and then click “Next”. Then, the process is completed.

Choose Sync Folder

Bonus tip: Backup important files on OneDrive in case of losing

Though cloud storage is a safe place for your data, there is no guarantee of absolute safety. Chances are that you may accidentally delete your important files or find your files are missing for OneDrive technical issues sometimes. Therefore, it is necessary for you to back up your files on OneDrive to another cloud storage easily and safely with a cloud backup service just in case.

CBackup is such a cloud backup service that can help you backup files from OneDrive to Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and so on with flexible backup settings. To backup OneDrive files to another cloud storage with CBackup, please refer to the steps below:

1. Type your email, password, and name to sign up for a CBackup account and sign in.

Sign Up

2. Click “My Storage +” under the “Added Clouds” tab, select your clouds (here is OneDrive and Google Drive), and click “Add”. Then sign in to your account and authorize CBackup to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add OneDrive

3. Click on the “Backup Tasks” tab at the left of the page, then, click the “New Task” button. Name your backup task, click the “Add Source” button to add OneDrive, and click “Add Destination” to add Google Drive.

Create Task

Note: Under “Settings”, you can enjoy the “Schedule”, “File Filter” features and enable “Email Notification”.

4. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to backup files from OneDrive to Google Drive.

OneDrive to Google Drive

Conclusion

To make OneDrive automatically backup your files, you can follow the detailed steps above. In addition, don’t forget to backup your important files on OneDrive to another cloud storage with CBackup just in case. It can also help you to set up an automatic backup task in a specific time, daily, weekly, etc. mode. Besides that, you can also choose to exclude or contain certain types of files when backing up with the File Filter feature. Don’t hesitate to try it now!

What's more, it's worth mentioning that many users complain that OneDrive stops syncing for unknown reasons. If you are facing these kinds of issues, you can try to fix the “OneDrive not syncing” problem or find a OneDrive alternative to protect your Windows PC. CBackup is recommended.