How to Sync Any Local Folder to OneDrive in Windows 10/8/7?

Posted by @AOMEI

May 15, 2019

Syncing any local folder to Onedrive is a good way to keep your data safe. This article will show you how to use OneDrive to sync files and folders.

Reasons to sync any local folder to OneDrive

OneDrive is a free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive cloud storage has become an important part of people’s backup solution. Files synced online can be accessed by all your Windows devices, as well as devices on other platforms such as Android, iOS. In general, people would like to sync any local to OneDrive for the following reasons.

  • Free access to Office Online.

  • Access your files from anywhere.

  • Easily switch between different devices.

  • Keep a backup copy of your files and folders.

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

How to set up OneDrive APP to sync all files and folders?

OneDrive comes with Windows 10, if you want to use it on Windows 7, you have to download a OneDrive app and sign up for a Microsoft account. You can click Settings to choose sync all files and folders or sync only selected folders. The following is the detailed steps to sync local folders with OneDrive in Windows 10.

Step 1. Find out the OneDrive icon on the taskbar located on the lower right corner and then right-click it.

Step 2. Click Settings.

Step 3. You are at Microsoft OneDrive Account, click “choose folders”.

Step 4. Tick the box: Sync all files and folders in OneDrive.

Sync any Local Folder to OneDrive

If you do not need to sync everything on your OneDrive with your PC, you can select only some folders.

Set up automatical file and folder sync

Every account on Windows 10 comes with a default set of folders - you know them: Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. You can set up automatically sync those folders to OneDrive.

I’ll walk you through the easy steps to move the default user folders in your profile to OneDrive to keep all your files protected and backed up to the cloud. Take Documents folder as an example.

Open File Explorer, right-click Documents, choose Properties. Then click Location, select Move. In the box that appears, select OneDrive and then select the Documents folder inside.

Sync Local Folder to OneDrive

This method only available to default user folder. For some files and folders that changed often, it would be much trouble to drag and drop to OneDrive folder. To automatically sync all folders, you can use a third party software.

Set up automatical file and folder sync with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free tool that comes with File Sync feature. It allows you to sync files and folders easily. After the first time you set the file sync, you can just leave it alone, and it will automatically sync files and folders.

Also, you do not have to worry when there is new added files and folders. By default, it will run missed sync at the next system startup. With AOMEI Backupper, you can sync any folders to OneDrive, external hard drive, local hard drive, etc. By the way, it supports Windows 10/8/7/Visa/XP.

Let’s see how to automatically sync local folder to OneDrive in Windows 10/8/7.

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.

Step 3. You can give it a task name to distinguish it with other tasks. Then, click "Add Folder" to browse the folders you want to sync.

Sync Any Folder to OneDrive

Step 4. Click the pane next to "Step2" to select another location as the destination path. Click the drop-down menu at "Step2" and choose to "Select a cloud drive". Then select OneDrive as destination path, and click OK.

Start Sync

Step 5. At the bottom, click Schedule to setup sync mode. There are six modes you can choose: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, Real-time sync and USB plug in (the last three options are only available in Professional edition). Choose one and then click OK.

Schedule Settings

Tips: Real-time sync is an advanced feature that can be only used in advanced versions of AOMEI Backupper. This feature allows you to protect your files and folders continuously. Therefore, you can upgrade to Pro edition and use this feature.

Step 6. After above all steps finish, click Start Sync.


Altogether, you have two ways to sync any local folders to OneDrive. If you are looking for an easy and effortless solution, AOMEI Backupper is recommended.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is also a comprehensive software including backup, restore and clone feature. To keep your data safe, you can also make an image backup of your system, disk, partition or files and folders. Or you can make an exact copy of a hard drive with Disk Clone feature.