By Nicky / Last Updated March 1, 2021


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OneDrive cloud storage in Windows

Windows users may be familiar with OneDrive because it is the online cloud storage service offered by Microsoft. In Windows 10, OneDrive integrates with your Windows 10 system as a default location for saving files, photos, and other documents. Meanwhile, it gives each Microsoft account user 5 gigabytes of free storage space and multiple upgrades options.

To help users backup files to OneDrive on Windows PC easily, OneDrive offers both web apps and desktop app for free. If you want to upload a few files or folders to OneDrive, you can use the web app directly. With it, you can quickly backup files to OneDrive without any downloading. However, if you need to sync files to OneDrive automatically, the desktop app is the best choice.

Why set up OneDrive schedule backup?

Although backing up files to OneDrive is not hard work with the above tools, each of the tools has some disadvantages. For example, you need to spend much time choosing and uploading files manually with the web app. As for the desktop app, syncing files in two-way will consume backup space quickly.

Therefore, some users may want to set up OneDrive schedule backup. In this way, they can not only protect your data continuously but also save much time and effort. However, many OneDrive users don’t know how to schedule OneDrive backups. If you are looking for ways to set up OneDrive schedule backup, please keep reading.

How to schedule automatic backup in OneDrive?

Actually, there are two ways that can help you schedule an automatic backup in OneDrive with ease. If you want to take advantage of the Windows built-in tool, you can follow the first way. If you want to save time and effort, you can turn to the second way directly.

Method 1. Schedule OneDrive backup via Windows feature

As we all know, there is a backup and restore built-in tool in Windows that allows you to make backups of your file or system. With this tool, you can backup files to the local hard drive, external hard drive as well as a network path. Since OneDrive will create a folder on your computer after installing the desktop app, you can choose the OneDrive folder as the backup destination.

Here, we will show you the steps to Schedule OneDrive backup with Backup and Restore, but before the operation, please do the preparations as below:

  • Download and install the OneDrive app on your computer first. Figure out the location of your OneDrive folder (By default, the OneDrive folder is located on C:/user/your username).

  • Create a new folder in this OneDrive folder. Then right-click the new folder and select Properties. Under the Share tab, click Share… and complete the sharing process. Locate the shared folder’s network address. It is like //your IP address/the folder name.

Step 1. Type “Backup and Restore” in your Windows search bar and open it.

Step 2. Click the Set up backup option which can be found on the window’s right side

Set Up Backup

Step 3. You should choose a backup destination for your files. Here, click Save on a network.

Save On Network

Step 4. Type the location of your OneDrive shared folder like //your IP address/the folder name. Then, type the Username and Password of your computer and click OK.

Save To Onedrive Folder

Step 5. Then, you will be asked to select the files that you want to backup. After selecting, click on Next and you will be asked to review your backup settings.

Choose Backup Files

Step 6. On the review windows, click Change schedule. You can choose how often (daily/weekly/monthly) you want to execute the backup task. Uncheck the option Run backup on a schedule. Click OK after making your respective choices to start the backup process.

Backup And Restore Schedule

Method 2. Schedule OneDrive backup via a third-party tool

As we can see, schedule OneDrive automatic backup via the Windows built-in tool would be a cumbersome and tedious job. Therefore, if you don’t want to waste much time on file backup regularly, you can rely on a third-party tool like AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a professional backup and restore program for Windows PCs. It allows you to backup files, systems, and disks to local/external hard drives, network drive as long as public cloud drives like OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Besides that, it can help you set up scheduled backup tasks in daily, weekly, monthly mode.

Note: To let AOMEI Backupper Standard detect your OneDrive service successfully, you should make sure the OneDrive desktop app is pre-installed on your computer.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it to run.

Step 2. Click Backup and then choose File Backup here. (If you need to back up the entire Windows 10, you can also choose System Backup directly).

AOMEI File Backup

Step 3. Click Add File or Add Folder to select a specific folder you want to backup.

AOMEI Add File

Step 4. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second bar and choose the Select a cloud drive. Then, select OneDrive as the backup destination.

Backup To Cloud

Step 5. Click Schedule beneath to set an automatic backup frequency. In the General tab, you can select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly mode to backup your files frequently.


Schedule PC cloud backup with a better cloud backup service

Although OneDrive is a great cloud storage solution for Windows users, it doesn’t offer the schedule backup feature. So, if you want to do PC cloud backup regularly, you can switch to a better cloud backup service like CBackupper.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup service that supports PC cloud backup, cloud to cloud backup, and cloud to cloud sync. What’s more, it offers a scheduled backup feature that can help you set up an automatic backup task in a specific time/daily/weekly/monthly mode. After setting, your data will be backed up between cloud drives at a regular interval or simply for a special timing.

Step 1. Download and install the CBackupper app to your computer, it is suitable for Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP.

Sign In

Step 2. Create an account and log in with it, then click New Task under the Tasks tab to create a PC to cloud backup task.

Create Task

Step 3. Click the Add Source button under the Source tab and select the files you need to back up to the cloud. There is plenty of space in AOMEI Cloud, and you can even back up your entire computer.

Add Source

Step 4. Click the Settings button in the lower-left corner, and then select the time you need to automatically backup under Scheduled Backup, or you can choose to automatically back up PC files to the cloud daily/weekly/monthly.

Schedule Backup

Step 5. Then click Start Backup to start windows 10 automatic backup to the cloud.

Start Backup


Follow the steps above, you can set up OneDrive schedule backup with Windows built-in tool – Backup and Restore or third-party tool – AOMEI Backupper Standard. Both the ways are free, you can choose one according to your needs. If you need a better to backup files to cloud regularly, you can also try CBackupper, which offers a 15-day free trial.