By Nicky / Last Updated June 5, 2020

OneDrive on your PC

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is Microsoft's storage service for hosting files in the cloud, which comes with your Microsoft account and offers 5GB free storage for each user. OneDrive offers you a simple way to store, sync, and share your files. Windows 10 uses OneDrive also to synchronize system settings, visual customizations, themes, app settings, and even Microsoft Edge's tabs, browsing history, and saved passwords. Save your files in OneDrive folders and you'll be able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone.

The necessity of syncing PC folder to OneDrive

Generally, OneDrive users would like to set up OneDrive to sync folders from PC to cloud so that they can easily access the data from other PCs or devices. For instance, if you have synced your local folders from your PC ( in the company ) to OneDrive, you can access these files in OneDrive from your personal PC at home easily.

And besides easy access, syncing PC with OneDrive is also a good way to backup your computer data constantly. In this way, you can safely keep your data in the cloud. If there is something wrong with your local PC or your data is mistakenly deleted, you can use it as a data recovery plan.

How to let OneDrive sync local folder from PC to cloud?

When you set up OneDrive on your PC, OneDrive will create a sync folder on your local computer. This folder will be synced in both directions, meaning if you add any files to this location on your PC, they will be added to your OneDrive cloud account automatically, and vice versa. Please refer to the steps below to sync PC folder to OneDrive.

1. Press the Windows button on your keyboard, then type "OneDrive" and hit Enter to launch the built-in OneDrive program.

2. After clicking "Get Started" on the window that pops up next, you'll be asked to sign in to your Microsoft account. If you don't already have a Microsoft account, create an account at first.

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, click “Change location”.

Folder Location

4. Next, You'll be asked to choose the OneDrive files and folders that you would like to sync. 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

5. With OneDrive set up, you can access your cloud storage folder at any time by clicking the "OneDrive" entry in the left pane of the new Windows 10 File Explorer. As mentioned above, this folder has a two-way sync feature, so you just need to drag and drop the file into this folder, it will be synced to OneDrive automatically.

OneDrive in File Explorer


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

Windows 10 can now sync settings like themes and personalization options directly to your OneDrive account. This option should be enabled by default. To check it, press the Windows button on your keyboard, then type "Sync your settings" and press Enter. From here, make sure that all of the available options in the right-hand pane of the window are enabled.

Backup Settings

If you forgot to add a file to your OneDrive folder or you want to add files to OneDrive from other devices, you could log on to the OneDrive site to access, download or upload files easily.

OneDrive Main Page

Bonus tip: What can cBackupper do for OneDrive?

cBackupper is a free and reliable cloud storage manager, which allows you to add and merge multiple OneDrive accounts on its interface to get more free cloud storage. Besides OneDrive, it also supports Dropbox, Google Drive, and FTP/SFTP, you can add all your cloud storage accounts that supported by cBackupper. After adding, you can even backup files between cloud storage directly.

As you know, Microsoft OneDrive provides users with 5GB free storage only. However, 5GB may be not enough for anyone who wants to store more than a few files in the cloud. If you want more storage, you need to pay for an advanced plan. If you don’t want to upgrade your account, you can sign up for more than one OneDrive accounts and merge OneDrive accounts with cBackupper to enjoy more free cloud storage.

Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that you may find that OneDrive is not syncing from pc to cloud sometimes. But don’t be panic, you can try some effective methods to fix this issue. If you can’t solve this problem successfully, you can switch to another cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive and backup all your OneDrive files to it with cBackupper quickly and easily.

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 and click “Add”. Then sign in your account and authorize cBackupper to access and manage your files on the cloud.

Add OneDrive

Note: Follow the steps above, you can add OneDrive accounts as many as you have. After adding, all your accounts are in one place now, you can easily make full use of their storage space and manage them with cBackupper.

3. To backup files between cloud storage, 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 one cloud storage as the backup source, and click “Add Destination” to another cloud storage.

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 execute the backup task.

OneDrive to Google Drive


That’s all about how to set up OneDrive to sync folder from PC to cloud. After setting, your data will be synced across local and cloud automatically and constantly. Also, don’t forget to use cBackupper to merge OneDrive accounts or backup files between cloud storage if needed.