By Nicky / Last Updated February 21, 2021

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About OneDrive

OneDrive is an online cloud storage service from Microsoft that is favored by massive users. It integrates with Windows 10 as a default location for saving documents and gives each user 5GB of free storage space. Generally, users of the Microsoft 365 subscription own the access rights of OneDrive and enjoy 1TB of OneDrive storage space.

OneDrive allows users to save files, photos, and other documents to its cloud server and offers multiple apps to help users across OneDrive files on multiple devices with ease. A user can also have OneDrive automatically sync on other devices and then access and work on the same document in multiple locations. Meanwhile, OneDrive allows options to share content with others.

Can I schedule OneDrive backup?

Since OneDrive can protect your files remotely and provides multiple apps to access files, more and more users prefer to backup files to OneDrive nowadays. And to protect their files continuously, some users may want to schedule an OneDrive auto backup task in daily, weekly, or monthly mode. Thus, their files will be backed up to OneDrive automatically at a regular interval or simply for a special timing.

However, there is no facility of Windows 10 or OneDrive to schedule backup to OneDrive and the OneDrive desktop app is a sync app, not a backup app. So, if you need to schedule OneDrive sync or backup, you can try a workaround with Windows File History or rely on some third-party utilities to achieve that. Please read on to learn how to schedule backup to OneDrive in two different ways.

Way 1. Schedule weekly backup to OneDrive via File History

As mentioned above, there is no direct way to schedule OneDrive Backup, but you can try a workaround to achieve that with simple steps. As we all know, the OneDrive desktop app will create a sync folder on your computer after installing. This folder is like a normal folder on your computer, you can find it directly in Windows Explorer.

With this folder, you can sync files to the OneDrive cloud automatically as long as you put files into this folder. Therefore, you can take advantage of this folder and File History to schedule an automatic backup task from local to OneDrive. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Download the OneDrive desktop app on your computer and find out the location of the OneDrive sync folder. By default, the OneDrive folder is located on C:/user/your username.

Step 2. Create a new folder named File History Backup if you like in this OneDrive folder. Then right-click it and select Properties.

Step 3. 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.

Share

Step 4. Open File History and click Select a network location and then click Add network location.

File History

Step 5. Type the shared folder location (it is the File History backup folder here) and click Select Folder.

Add Network Location

Step 6. Click OK to confirm this operation. Then it will return to the File History screen. Click Turn on and you have configured Windows 10 File History for OneDrive backup.

File History Network 2

Step 7. Following the steps above, you can back up local files to the OneDrive. If you want to schedule an automatic backup task. You can click Advanced settings and you can set up the File History to back up your folder every hour, every week, or other time options.

Advanced Setting

Way 2. Schedule weekly backup to OneDrive via freeware

If you want to use the built-in tool of OneDrive or Windows to schedule automatic backup to OneDrive in Windows 10, the method above is the workaround. However, it is not hard to see that the method above is a little complicated. Actually, you can schedule weekly backup to OneDrive in an easier way.

To save both time and effort, using a free third-party tool to schedule backup to OneDrive is a good choice. If you need a recommendation. AOMEI Backupper Standard worth a try, which is a free backup software for Windows PCs. With it, you can not only backup files from local to OneDrive easily but also schedule an automatic backup task daily, weekly, or monthly. But to do that, you must have the OneDrive desktop app set up.

Now, follow the steps below to schedule a weekly backup to Microsoft OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper Standard:

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and install it to run. Click Backup and then choose File Backup here.

Aomei File Backup

Step 2. Click Add File or Add Folder to select a specific folder you want to backup.

Aomei Add File

Step 3. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second bar and choose the Select a cloud drive. Then, select OneDrive as the destination location.

Backup To Cloud

Step 4. Click Schedule beneath to set a backup frequency. In the General tab, you can select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

Scheduled

Better way to schedule automatic backup in Windows 10

Actually, no matter using the File History or AOMEI Backupper Standard, it may be a little time-consuming. Therefore, if you want to achieve continuous file backup in an easier way, you can switch to another cloud backup service like CBackupper to protect your local files with the scheduled backup tasks.

CBackupper is a professional cloud backup service that allows you to schedule automatic cloud backup to its cloud and provides your 1000 GB of backup space at a very reasonable price. What’s more, it offers a 15-day free trial so that you can have a try at first to see if the tool can fit you well. Let’s see how to schedule an automatic backup in Windows 10 with CBackupper:

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

Conclusion

That’s all about how to schedule a weekly backup to Microsoft OneDrive. The two ways above can help you achieve scheduled automatic backup with a few steps. However, if you need an easier tool to do cloud backup at a regular interval, CBackupper is the best alternative to OneDrive, you can give it a try.