By AOMEI / Last Updated September 15, 2020


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About OneDrive

With the development of online storage technology, more and more users prefer to store their files on cloud storage. As one of the most popular online cloud storage provided by Microsoft, OneDrive provides convenient ways to keep your file safe and gives each Microsoft account user 5GB of free storage space and multiple options for upgrades.

OneDrive can now automatically backup your data with appealing and straight-forward design for Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac users and enables you to access your files from any devices with offline access option, so you can work both in or out of the office. And as a part of the Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive is encrypted using SSL to keep your files safe.

Another great thing about OneDrive is the ability to allow users to increase the security of file-sharing by adding password and an expiration date when you create links to shared files, and also with access, review and edit options aside. Plus, the system shares real-time notifications whenever a file is viewed or edited. Drag and drop, document scanning options makes the uploading process in an easy and fast way.


The benefits of backing up files to OneDrive

Backing up files to OneDrive can bring you benefits as below:

Backing up files to OneDrive can prevent your files from accidentally losing due to hardware failure, malware attack, and any other unexpected things.

Backing up files to OneDrive can help you free up some storage space as long as you delete the original files on local after backing up.

Files stored on OneDrive can be accessed, edited, downloaded, etc. from any PC, phone, or tablet even without an Internet connection.

OneDrive allows users to easily share the files stored on OneDrive with friends and family by setting the file to “public”.

How to backup files and computer to OneDrive on Windows PC and Mac?

To help users backup files from Windows PC or Mac with ease, OneDrive provides two ways: web version and desktop app. The web version allows you to upload your files from the local PC to OneDrive cloud, but you should select and add the files manually. This method may be time-consuming if there are too many files need to be uploaded. To save your time and effort, OneDrive releases a desktop app for Windows PC and Mac to sync files between the local computers and OneDrive cloud.

You can go to the OneDrive website to download and install the corresponding version of the new OneDrive sync app on your computer. When you set up the OneDrive app on your computer, you will be asked to choose the folder that you want to sync to OneDrive, here, you can choose all the local folders to be backed up to OneDrive. Actually, this can be regarded as an effective way to back up computer to OneDrive. Please check the steps below to learn how to backup files and computer to OneDrive:

Way 1. Back up files to OneDrive automatically via OneDrive desktop app

Step 1. Download OneDrive desktop application and install it.

Tip: If you're using Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed. If not, download and install the corresponding version of the new OneDrive sync app.

Download Onedrive

Step 2. Open OneDrive program on your computer and sign in your OneDrive account.

On Windows, when OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal account, or your work or school account, and select “Sign in”.

Set Up

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

Set Up

Step 3. Select a location for your OneDrive folder.

On Windows, select “Next” to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files on the “This is your OneDrive folder screen”. If you want to change the folder location, select “Change location”.

Folder Location

On Mac, 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

Step 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.

On Windows, by default, all files and folders will be synced from your cloud account to the local storage location on your PC. Or, you can untick the box next to "Sync all files" and then choose individual folders from there.

Choose Sync Folder

On Mac, 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

Way 2. Backup files to OneDrive manually via OneDrive official website

Step 1. Go to the OneDrive website and log-in to the website.

OneDrive Sign In

Step 2. On the main page of OneDrive, click "Upload" option to select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.

OneDrive Upload

Additional information about backing up files to OneDrive

1. How to backup files to OneDrive on your mobile devices?

OneDrive provides a fast and hassle-free way to back up your files and access them on cloud not only for Windows and Mac devices but also for mobile devices. Here are the steps of how to back up files to OneDrive on your mobile devices, you can check if needed.

Step 1. Install OneDrive app on your mobile device from Google Play or App Store.

Step 2. After installing, log-in to your OneDrive Account.

Onedrive Phone Log In

Step 3. In the OneDrive app, tap OneDrive add icon at the top of the screen.

Step 4. Tap to the "Upload" option and then select the files you want to upload to OneDrive.

2. Backup your files in OneDrive in case of losing

In recent years, most users have more than one cloud storage to get more free cloud storage or enjoy different features provided by different cloud storage. If you are using two or more cloud storage, you are suggested to backup files in OneDrive to another cloud storage in case of accidentally losing. Though OneDrive is a safe place for your files, chances are that you may accidentally delete your important files or find your files are missing in OneDrive for technical issues sometimes. Therefore, it is necessary for you to backup your important files on OneDrive to another cloud storage with a cloud backup tool like CBackupper just in case.

CBackupper is a tiny and easy-to-use cloud backup service that would help you back up 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. Create an account and sign in. Just go to the main page of CBackupper, click “Sign up” at the upper right side, then type your email, password, and name. After that, sign in your account.


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

Add OneDrive

3. Click on “Tasks” tab at the top of the page, then, click “Create Task” button. Name your backup task, click “Add Source” button to add OneDrive as backup destination and click “Add Destination” to add another cloud storage.

Create Task

4. Click “Start Backup” in the lower right corner to backup OneDrive files to another cloud storage.

OneDrive to Google Drive


  • You can click “Settings” button before starting backup to enjoy “File Filter” features. It can help you exclude certain types of files or contain only specified types of files when transferring.

  • You can click “Schedule” button to set up a scheduled transfer task in Specific time/Daily/Weekly/Monthly mode. Then, data will be transferred at a regular interval or simply for a special timing automatically, saving both time and effort.

  • You can enable email notification under “Settings”. Then, once the task succeeds or fails, you will receive an email from CBackupper.


That's all about how to backup files to OneDrive, you can follow the steps above to manually or automatically backup files via website or desktop app. For your data security, don't forget to back up files in OneDrive to another cloud storage with CBackupper. Besides cloud to cloud backup, CBackupper also allows you to combine multiple cloud storage accounts owning to one or different brands of cloud to get more free cloud storage and enjoy different features provided by different cloud storage. What's more, it is free, don't hesitate to use it.