By Lily / Last Updated July 6, 2020

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Why to sync local folders to OneDrive?

As free online storage offered by Microsoft, OneDrive enjoys great popularity among Windows users. With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud easily. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa.

You may sync PC folders to OneDrive for following reasons:

  • Access your files from anywhere. After you sync files with OneDrive, you are able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone with your Microsoft account.

  • Keep a backup copy of your files and folders.

  • Share files with others easily with the built-in “Share” feature.

How to use OneDrive to sync folders in Windows 10?

In Windows 10, OneDrive app is already installed. For Windows 7 users, you have to download OneDrive app and install it by yourself. Follow the instructions below to sync local folders with OneDrive in Windows 10:

1. Tap the Search button on the taskbar and type “onedrive” in the search box. Click the top result and sign in with your Microsoft account.

2. On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, select Next to accept the default folder location for your OneDrive files.

OneDrive Folder Location

Tips: If you want to change the folder location, select Change location. This is the best time to make this change because you haven’t sync any files up to now.

3. Click Open my OneDrive folder to get to your OneDrive folder.

Open OneDrive Folder

4. Drag and drop or copy and paste the files/folders you want to sync into the OneDrive folder. The client will automatically sync them to the OneDrive website.

After syncing, your files are available both online at and offline on your PC. The operations aren’t complicated. However, you may find it inconvenient in following situations:

  • If the files/folders you want to sync are located in different paths, it would be a tedious work to drag and drop or copy and paste files/folders repetitively.

  • If you want to sync changes from your PC to the cloud, you must edit files in the OneDrive folder. If you edit files in their original location such as desktop, the changes won’t be synced.

Easier way to sync PC folders to OneDrive

How to make it easier to sync folders from different locations to OneDrive and sync changes to the cloud after you edit them in their original location? AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free file sync software, is the answer.

With the File Sync feature, you can synchronize files from PC to USB drives, SD cards, NAS devices, or cloud drives, etc, and vice versa. And you can set the file sync task to run daily/weekly/monthly using the Schedule feature. All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Learn how to sync local folders to OneDrive via AOMEI Backupper below:

1. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper.

2. Click Backup on the left pane and select File Sync.

File Sync

3. Name the task so that you can distinguish it from other sync tasks. Click Add Folder to select the folder you want to sync.

Add Folder

Tips: If you want to sync more than one folder simultaneously, click the “+” icon after you add the first source folder.

4. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second column and choose “Select a cloud drive”.

Select a Cloud Drive

5. Select “OneDrive” cloud and click “OK”. If you cannot find OneDrive in the list, then go back to Step 4 and manually navigate to the OneDrive local folder by clicking the folder shaped button in the second column.

Select OneDrive

6. Click on Start Sync to perform the operation.

Start Sync to Onedrive

>> Options: you can write a comment for your sync task so that you can figure out the specific sync contents; you can also enable email notification here.
>> Real-time Sync: it will synchronize file changes almost without delay. This option can also help you sync deletion, that is, if you delete files in the source, they will also get deleted in the destination. You may upgrade to higher editions to enjoy this feature. Learn more from edition comparison.

● Don’t modify the name of the source folder(s) after doing file sync, or the program cannot synchronize it (them) anymore.
● You are also allowed to sync local folder to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper. Just install Google Drive desktop application and select "Google Drive" in Step 5.


Now you know how to sync local folders to OneDrive in Windows 10. AOMEI Backupper provides you with an easier way to finish the task—you can sync folders from different locations to OneDrive in one sync task and you can sync changes to the cloud after you edit files in their original location. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper owns the features of backup, restore and clone. You are allowed to create a system image backup in Windows 7 via AOMEI Backupper. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!