By Kelsey / Last Updated January 11, 2021

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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 an 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 syncs Mac or Windows 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 selectively sync files from local or other cloud storage, and you can also selective sync OneDrive files to another cloud drive.

Way 1. Selective sync with OneDrive from local to online

Is it possible to backup any file or folder to OneDrive? The answer is yes. You can select local files or folders to be synced to the cloud through the OneDrive application.

On Windows 10:

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 > 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 backed up, 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

Way 2. 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 help with third-party services such as CBackupper.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup service that supports adding multiple cloud services and can help you selectively sync OneDrive to another cloud drive in just 5 steps:

Step 1. Sign in to CBackuppper.

Get started on the CBackupper official website and create an account for free. Then log in.

Sign Up

Step 2. Add cloud drives

Select Add Clouds on the main interface taskbar, 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: CBackupper 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. Create a sync task

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

Create Sync

Step 4. Sync OneDrive to another cloud

Click the Add Source button to add OneDrive as the sync source, then click the Add Destination button to add another cloud drive as the sync destination.

Add sync source and destination

You can select a synced file or folder in the list

Selectively sync folders from OneDrive

Step 5. Start Sync

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

Sync OneDrive to Google Drive

Bonus tip: Selective sync files from another cloud to OneDrive

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

More information about CBackupper

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 CBackupper, and you can back up any important data to this space. Enough accounts can even be combined into unlimited cloud backup space. Click on Added Clouds to view the total space.

Combine Cloud Storage

Cloud to cloud backup: CBackupper 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 can back up your Windows PC to the cloud through CBackupper, which can prevent local data loss and back up data to the cloud to expand local storage when the local disk space is insufficient.

Start Backup

Last words

Try to use the above methods for OneDrive selective sync. You can use the official application to choose to sync some folders from the local hard drive to OneDrive, or you can use CBackupper to selectively sync the files or folders of OneDrive to other cloud drives.