By Kelsey twitter/ Last Updated May 18, 2022

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How do I choose which files to sync on OneDrive?

“In any case, OneDrive will create its own Documents folder, which will be synced online. But I just want to sync local pictures and videos to the cloud. If OneDrive syncs all my files, it will quickly run out of storage in my account. How do I perform a OneDrive for business selective sync?”

OneDrive Selective Sync

OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, can store and sync the local files to the cloud and work online. Since OneDrive only provides 5GB of storage space for free, and the space on the local drive is limited, some users only want to selectively sync with OneDrive.

OneDrive selective sync means that only certain files or folders are synced to OneDrive. When OneDrive is used as a sync source, users can selectively sync files to local or other cloud drives. When OneDrive is used as a sync destination, users need to sync certain files from local or cloud storage services to their OneDrive account. Read on to learn how to proceed with the specific steps.

How to make the OneDrive selective sync

There are 2 ways to take the OneDrive selective sync from OneDrive server to local computer, and you can also choose folders to sync on OneDrive to another cloud drive.

OneDrive selective sync to computer

Is it possible to choose which folders to sync to computer on OneDrive? The answer is yes. You can make OneDrive select folders to sync to computer through the OneDrive application.

On Windows 10/11:

Step 1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon (blue or white) from the desktop taskbar.

OneDrive Cloud icon on Windows

Note: You may need to click Show hidden icon (^) to see the OneDrive cloud icon.

Step 2. Click Help & Settings icon > Settings > Account > Choose folders.

Choose Folders Min

Tip: If you are using Windows 10 operating system, OneDrive is already installed on your computer, you can search directly for OneDrive and turn it on and then perform OneDrive selective sync on Windows 10.

Step 3. In the pop-up dialog box, only check the files and folders that need to be synced, and then click OK to confirm.

Sync your OneDrive files to this PC

On Mac:

Step 1. Find the OneDrive cloud icon in the Mac desktop taskbar and click it.

OneDrive cloud icon on Mac

Step 2. Go to Help & Settings > Preferences > Account > Choose folder.

Step 3. In the Sync files from your OneDrive dialog box, select only the files or folders you need to selectively sync and click OK to confirm.

Sync Files from Your OneDrive on Mac

However, this is not what you want, and don't worry, below we will show you how to selectively sync files from local computer to OneDrive cloud server.

Selective Sync to OneDrive

In this way, you could choose which folders to sync from local computer to OneDrive, and there are two ways for you to perform OneDrive selective sync, let's keep reading.

Way 1. Selective sync manually

follow the steps to perform OneDrive selective sync in Windows 10/11 or Mac:

1. Please open your OneDrive folder on your Windows or Mac computer.

2. Ensure you have signed in your OneDrive account.

3. Please drag and drop the files and folders to OneDrive folder on your computer that you want to sync to OneDrive.

4. Now, your folders will be synced successfully to OneDrive.

Way 2.  Try free cloud backup service to choose folders to backup to OneDrive

If you don't want to use the above manual way to select specific files and folders to sync, you could try the free cloud backup service like CBackup, which allows you to sync or backup specified files and folders to OneDrive, as well as backup OneDrive folders to other clouds.

Now, let's get started to perform selective backup to OneDrive with CBackup:

1. Please download CBackup desktop app, then apply for a free CBackup account and then sign in.

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2. Click My Storage icon > Add Cloud > select OneDrive > Add, then follow the guide to add OneDrive to CBackup.

Select OneDrive

3. Select Backup Tasks icon > New Task > Local Files > Next.

Create Local Backup Task

4. Hit Add Source button to choose the files and folders you want to backup to OneDrive, pick Add Destination > Single Cloud > OneDrive > OK.

Add Source And Destiantion

5. Press the Start Backup button to selectively backup files and folders to OneDrive.

Start Backup Files to OneDrive

Tips: There are some useful features that you could rely on and make your data protection more easier. Schedule backup with Scheduler allows you backup files to OneDrive daily, weekly, monthly or on specific time; Email notification will send you the email about the backup result once you enabled it and set it up; File filter could exclude the file types that you don't want to backup, save your cloud storage and backup time.

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OneDrive selective sync from one cloud to another

When using multiple cloud storage, cloud to cloud sync helps users manage backup files more efficiently, and enables seamless file transfer to save time and prevent the loss of important files in complex processes. OneDrive does not provide direct sync between the clouds, and you can look forward to try the CBackup as well, because CBackup allows you sync files from OneDrive to other clouds, or vice versa. And the supported clouds include Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. Thus, you could selectively sync OneDrive to another cloud drive in just 5 steps:

Step 1. Sign in to CBackup web version.

Sign Up

Step 2. Select My Storage on the CBackup Dashboard, and then click the plus icon to add OneDrive. You can only add and authorize one cloud drive account at a time and add another cloud in the same way.

Add OneDrive

Note: CBackup uses OAuth to authorize access to cloud drives and does not save your password, so there is no need to worry about your data leakage.

Step 3. Click the Sync Tasks tab and the New Task button in turn.

Create Sync

Step 4. Click the Add Source button to add some OneDrive files and folders as the sync source, then click the Add Destination button to add another cloud drive as the sync destination.

Add sync source and destination


Step 5. Confirm the sync source and destination you selected and the files that need to be selectively synced by OneDrive, and then click Start Sync.

Selectively Sync OneDrive Files to Google Drive

Note: If you need to selectively sync files from another cloud storage to OneDrive, you only need to use another cloud drive as the sync source in CBackup, and OneDrive as the sync destination, and only select the folders that need to be synced.

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Schedule sync: Enable scheduled sync to easily perform automatic sync tasks. You can set daily, weekly, and monthly sync to save a lot of time and prevent yourself from forgetting to perform sync tasks.

Select Schedule

Combine cloud storage: The free space of the cloud drive accounts you added will be combined into a larger backup space in CBackup, and you can back up any important data to this space. Enough accounts can even be combined into unlimited cloud backup space. Click on My Storage to view the total space.

Combine Cloud Storage

Cloud to cloud backup: CBackup supports backing up one cloud to another, adding a security lock to cloud disk data, and preventing data loss caused by cloud disk server crashes and virus intrusions.

Transfer Google Drive to OneDrive

Backup PC to cloud: You could use the CBackup desktop app to backup files to cloud, like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, CBackup Cloud, and the combined cloud that merged by multiple cloud storage space.

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Last words

Try to use the above methods for OneDrive selective sync. You can use the OneDrive desktop application to choose to sync some folders from OneDrive to local computer or sync from the local hard drive to OneDrive, or you can use CBackup to selectively sync the files or folders to OneDrive, which means you could backup any file or folder to OneDrive, or selectively sync OneDrive files to other cloud drives.

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