By AOMEI / Last Updated August 16, 2018

Advantages to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive

OneDrive is a file hosting service operated by Microsoft as part of its suite of Office Online services. It comes with Microsoft account and is preinstalled in Windows 10 and Windows 8. If you want to use it on Windows 7, you can download the desktop APP. OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge, additional storage can be added either separately or through subscriptions to other Microsoft services such as Office 365. With it, files can be synced to a PC and accessed from a web browser or a mobile device, as well as shared publicly or with specific people. Generally speaking, there are some advantages to backup Windows 10 to OneDrive.

  • Easily switch between different devices.

  • Access your files from anywhere.

  • Free access to Office Online.

  • Share files with whomever you want – whenever you want.

  • Keep a backup copy of your files and folders in case of data loss.

How to automatically backup Windows 10 to OneDrive?

As a cloud service, OneDrive allows you to manually upload local files. But it is troublesome to upload files each time when there are new files added. Fortunately, you can set up automatic file and folder sync.

Step 1. Open File Explorer, right-click Documents, choose Properties.

Step 2. Then click Location, select Move.

Step 3. In the box that appears, select OneDrive and then select the Documents folder inside.

Setup Automatic Sync

This method has some limitation, it is only available to the default user folder. For some files and folders that changed often, it would be much trouble to drag and drop to OneDrive folder. If you want a more convenient backup solution, here you can make use of the third party software.

Automatic backup Windows 10 to OneDrive via free AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is professional third party software that comes with File Sync feature. It allows you to sync files and folders automatically. You just need to set the schedule file sync at the first time and leave it alone, the software will automatically backup Windows 10 to OneDrive. Every time there are newly added files and folders, it will run missed sync at the nest system startup by default.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, and open the software. Then it will bring you to the interface of AOMEI Backupper.

Step 2. Click Backup and then click File Sync.

File Sync

Step 3. At Step 1, click Add folder to browse the folders you want to sync. Click Step 2 to select another location as the destination path. Click the drop-down menu at Step 2 and choose to Select a cloud drive. Then select OneDrive as destination path, and click OK.

Task Name

Step 4. At the bottom, click Schedule to setup sync mode. There are five modes you can choose: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, Real-time sync. Choose one and then click OK.

Schedule Settings

Tips: If you enable Real-time Sync, the program will real-time monitor the source directory needing sync. If there is any change happens to any file or folder in the source directory, the program will sync them immediately and provide real-time backup for your data. This feature is only available to the advanced version. You can upgrade to it and enjoy this feature.