How to Sync Desktop to OneDrive Automatically (2 Ways Included)

Posted by @Ada

October 12, 2018

Syncing Desktop to OneDrive is a good way to keep your data safe as well as easy to access. This article will show you how to sync Desktop to OneDrive.

You need to sync Desktop to OneDrive

Most computer users would like to put commonly used folders on Desktop. To keep the Desktop data safe and easy to access, more and more people would like to sync Desktop to OneDrive or other cloud storage like Google Drive, Amazon Drive, etc.

You can easily access the data on the Desktop from other devices. For example, you did not finish your work and you want to continue it at home. If you sync your work to OneDrive, you can free from troubles of saving your files/folder to a USB flash drive before you leave the office and take it home.

Besides easy access, syncing Desktop with OneDrive can be used as a way of backup. It is one of the best ways to keep your data safe. If your data is mistakenly deleted, you can use it as data recovery plan.

Sync laptop and Desktop in Windows 10 with OneDrive folder

OneDrive comes with Windows 10/8. For Windows 7 users, you have to download and install it. Sign up with a Microsoft account.

To sync Laptop and Desktop in Windows 10, the easiest way is to drag and drop the Desktop folder to OneDrive folder. The path of Desktop: C drive >User >your username >Desktop.

However, it would be much trouble to darg and drop files when every time there is new files added. You can set your "Desktop" folder location on your PC to be your OneDrive location, everything saved in this folder will be synchronized with the cloud. Here's how to do it.

Still, find the Desktop folder and right click it. Then select Properties.

Now a new Window called Desktop Properties opens with several tabs. Select the Location tab.

Then choose move. In the box that appears, double-click OneDrive, and then select the documents folder inside, and then choose "select folder" when it's highlighted.

Change Location

Syncing files and folders in Windows 10 with OneDrive folder has some limitations. Not all folders can be set up automatically sync to OneDrive. You can only sync default user folder with automatic sync. For some folder, like Program Files, you have to sync it manually.

If you are looking for a better way to sync Desktop and other folders for business or personal use, you’d better use professional OneDrive sync tool.

Automatically sync all folders to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper

OneDrive sync tool for Desktop

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free software that comes with File Sync feature. It allows you to sync files and folders to different locations, such as USB flash drive, NAS, external hard drive, network, cloud drives, etc.

Also, you can use “schedule sync” to automatically sync all files and folders to OneDrive. With this feature, you can spare time and efforts to automatically sync Desktop with OneDrive. Let’s see how to setup OneDrive to automatically sync Desktop to OneDrive in Windows 10/8/7.

By default, AOMEI Backupper Standard will run missed sync at the next system startup after you set up Schedule settings at the first time. In this case, you do not have to worry that the newly added files or folders cannot be synced. This software can be applied to not only Windows 10, but also Windows 8/7/Visa/XP.

How to automatically sync Desktop to OneDrive

Preparations: sign in to the OneDrive account and download AOMEI Backupper, install it.

Step 1: Open AOMEI Backupper, choose File Sync under the Backup tab.

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the Desktop folder you want to sync at Step 1. Click Browse to find the Desktop folder and then click OK.

Sync Desktop to OneDrive

Tips: The paid version has Filter settings which allow you to exclude or include certain types of files. If there is a need, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Pro edition.

Step 3. Then click the drop-down menu at Step 2 and choose to Select a cloud drive, then choose OneDrive as destination path.

Sync Desktop with OneDrive

Step 4. At the bottom of File Sync interface, click Schedule to setup automatically sync Desktop based on five modes: namely Daily, Weekly, Monthly. Then click OK.

Schedule Settings

Also, you can click Sync Option to write a unique comment to distinguish it from others. Tick Enable email notification to notify you after the operation finished.

Step 5. After above all steps finish, click Start Sync.

To make a summary, syncing Desktop to OneDrive is really a good way to keep your data safe. and with the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can make this process much easier.

AOMEI Backupper is also a fantastic backup and restore tool, you can create a windows image to OneDrive as a disaster recovery plan. The professional edition allows you to restore to a dissimilar hardware, which you cannot do it with Windows built-in tool.