By Nicky / Last Updated December 28, 2020


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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 keeps all your files backed up, protected, synced, and accessible across multiple devices such as Mac, iPhone, and Android. Now that the 3-2-1 backup strategy is becoming more popular, OneDrive has also been chosen by many users for its outstanding performance.


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, you can 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 free third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard. Let's see how to backup files to OneDrive automatically with AOMEI Backupper Standard:

1. Download, install, and run AOMEI Backupper Standard and click Sync. Find Basic Sync and click it.

Basic Sync

2. Edit the task name if necessary. Click Add Folder to select the folders you’d like to sync on the computer.

Basic Sync Add Folder

3. When asked to choose a backup destination, click the drop-down icon, and choose Select a cloud drive. In the pop-up window, select OneDrive and click OK. Then, click Start Sync.

Sync Select A Cloud Drive

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 with a cloud backup tool like CBackupper just in case.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup tool that can help you backup files from OneDrive to Google Drive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and so on with flexible backup settings. It is a web-based service, so you can just go to the website to use it. To backup OneDrive files to another cloud storage with CBackupper, please refer to the steps below:

1. Get started to create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in to your account.


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

Add OneDrive

3. Click on the “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click the “Create 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 “File Filter” and enable “Email Notification”. You can also set automatic backup under “Schedule”.

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

OneDrive to Google Drive


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 CBackupper 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 an OneDrive client alternative to protect your Windows PC. The PC clien version of CBackupper is recommended, which is a professional PC cloud backup for Windows PC. It has a 15-day free trial, you can download it to have a try firstly.

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