How to Use OneDrive to Sync Two Computers with Ease
How to use OneDrive to sync two computers? This article will give you a full guide to complete this operation and then you can access your files on 2 PCs.
Can I Sync Two Computers with OneDrive?
“I have two computers (A and B). Computer A has Desktop A and Picture A. Computer B has Desktop B and Picture B. Each one is unique. I have a Microsoft account. I have Office365 on both computers (with 1TB of cloud storage.) Office365 was purchased and is managed under one Microsoft account. I want to sync all my desktops and pictures to my OneDrive account, but keep them separate. How do I set up OneDrive so that I have separate folders for Desktop A, Picture A, Desktop B and Picture B, each synced to its own computer, and all available from my one OneDrive folder?”
Why Sync Two Computers to OneDrive?
In a progressively digital society, people are using computers more and more frequently in their work or life. In our daily work, we always work with many files on our computers and we can't avoid accessing them on different computers.
In the past, people used to copy files to USB flash drives for opening them on another computer. However, USB flash drives are not only cumbersome to carry around, but also easy to lose. Updating and synchronizing the corresponding document versions on multiple computers was also a problem.
Fortunately, with the popularity of free cloud storage, you can use cloud drives to:
- Update and backup files on two and more computers. OneDrive is a free cloud service provided by Microsoft. You can back up files from two computers to one OneDrive account, and then you can view and edit files on different devices at any time.
- Cloud backup also provides you with higher security and utility. Files stored in the cloud are not subject to data loss due to natural disasters or other man-made damage, etc.
But how do you achieve this? In this article, we'll discuss how to use OneDrive to sync two computers. Continue reading below for more information.
2 Easy Ways to Sync Desktop to OneDrive on 2 PCs
Here are two easy ways to make OneDrive sync two computers. Generally, you can use its desktop app to sign in to a OneDrive account on a different device, which will store all your computer files in the same cloud. Another way is to seek the help of third-party tools. In the following, let's check them one by one.
#1. Sync Two Computers with OneDrive Desktop App
The first method is to make OneDrive sync two or more computers through OneDrive's desktop app. Generally, you can sign in to one OneDrive account on different devices, which will allow all your computer files to be stored in the same cloud. Follow the steps below to learn how to sync Desktop folder to OneDrive.
✨ Note: For Windows 10/11 users, your computer already has the OneDrive app installed. If it's a previous version of Windows or you don't have the OneDrive app on your computer, please install it first.
- Press Windows + S to open the search box, search for OneDrive, then open it and sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don't have one, click Create account.
- On the Your OneDrive Folder screen, select Next to accept the default folder location for OneDrive files. If you want to change the location of the folder, select Change location.
- Next, click on Open my OneDrive folder.
- When you open this page, you can drag and drop or copy and paste the files/folders you want to sync to the OneDrive folder.
- To make OneDrive sync two computers, simply come to the other computer. Again, run the OneDrive desktop application and sign in with the same OneDrive account. Then repeat the above actions. This way, both selected folders on both computers will be easily synced to one OneDrive account.
#2. Make OneDrive Sync Two Computers with Third-Party Software
The second way to make OneDrive sync two computers is to use third-party syncing software. If you use the OneDrive desktop program to sync two computers, you can only select files/folders. The second method not only helps you sync files or folders on your computer, but also allows you to back up your entire disk or computer to OneDrive.
AOMEI Backupper Standard is the best file sync software for all Windows PCs, including Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista. You can use it to sync files to various cloud drives, USB drives, network locations, internal and external disks or NAS devices. You can use it to create automatic sync tasks for data that changes frequently.
You can refer to the following illustrated tutorial to learn how to use AOMEI Backupper to sync two computers to OneDrive.
(For Windows Server users, you can turn to AOMEI Backupper Server for help.)
- Luanch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Sync on the left pane and select Basic Sync.
🍵 Note: There are three other sync modes, but they are only available in higher versions, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional.
>> Mirror Sync: It will keep the target folder exactly the same as the source folder. If there are files exist only in the target folder, they will be deleted. >> Real-time Sync: It will synchronize file changes with almost no delay.
>> Two-way Sync: It will sync changed files from source directory to target directory, and also vice versa.
- You can edit a name for this task to distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click Add Folder and select the folder you want to sync.
🍰 Tip: If you want to sync the whole disk on your computer to the cloud, you can select Backup -> Disk Backup on the left.
- Then click the second box to select the path you are syncing to. Choose OneDrive and click OK.
🍰 Tip: If you can't find OneDrive in the list, then go back to step 4 and manually navigate to the OneDrive local folder by clicking the folder shape button in the second column.
- Confirm your operation and click Start Sync to sync local folders to OneDrive.
✨ Tip: Before clicking Start Sync, you can click Schedule in the bottom left corner to set up automatic sync tasks. This way you can avoid missing any file changes. Y You can choose daily/weekly/monthly intervals.
This article provides you with two ways to make OneDrive sync two computers. This way, you can access the same files on both computers at the same time. Changes you make on one computer will also be synced to the other computer. The second method will give you more options, you can sync not only the files on your computer, but also the whole disk.