How to sync OneDrive to a new Mac

Install and set up

If you have signed in to the OneDrive sync app with a Microsoft account (for example, [email protected]), you should already have the sync app and you can skip to step 2 below.

  1. Install OneDrive for Mac.Important: If you are currently using the OneDrive Mac Store app, you must first uninstall it before installing the latest build of the sync app.
  2. Start OneDrive Setup.

Method 1: If you have no accounts signed in to OneDrive

If you’re not signed in to OneDrive with any account, start OneDrive to connect a work or school account.

  1. Start OneDrive by pressing cmd+Space to launch a Spotlight query and type OneDrive. This starts OneDrive Setup.
  2. Enter your work or school account and then select Sign in to set up your account.Screenshot of the first page of OneDrive Setup

Method 2: If you already have a personal account signed in to OneDrive

If you already have a personal account signed in to OneDrive, you’ll want to add a work or school account in OneDrive Preferences.

  1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon up in your Menu bar, click the three dots to open the menu, and select Preferences.Screenshot of setting OneDrive personal preferences
  2. Click the Account tab, and then select Add an Account to start OneDrive Setup.Screenshot of adding an account in OneDrive preferences on a Mac
  3. Enter your work or school account and click Sign in.Screenshot of the first page of OneDrive Setup

Key parts of OneDrive Setup

There are a few points of OneDrive Setup that are helpful to watch for:

  • When setting up your OneDrive, it has a default location set. However, you can change this during setup. On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, click Change Location.Screenshot of the This is Your OneDrive Folder page in Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a MacSelect a location where you would like to save your OneDrive files and click Choose this location.Screenshot of choosing a folder location in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a MacWhen you see the This is your OneDrive folder screen, you’ll now see a path to the folder you selected. Click Next to continue.Screenshot of This is your OneDrive folder screen after choosing a folder in the Welcome to OneDrive wizard on a Mac
  • On the Sync Files from Your OneDrive screen, you can choose the folders you want to sync to your computer, and click Next. This conserves space on your computer, and reduces bandwidth needed for the sync processes.Screenshot of the OneDrive setup menu for selecting which folders or files to sync.
  • You’re done! Click Open my OneDrive folder to see your files sync to your folder.

You can find OneDrive up in your Menu bar. You’ll have a cloud icon for every account you’ve connected to OneDrive. So you’ll have one cloud if you’re only syncing a work or school account, one cloud if you’re syncing only a personal account, or two clouds if you’re syncing both.

Screenshot of OneDrive in the menu bar on a Mac after finishing Welcome to Onedrive

You’ll also see a folder in Finder called OneDrive – YourTenantName.

Screenshot of Finder integration on Mac with sync overlays for synced files

Note: Contoso is an example name. You will see the name of your organization.

Turn on Finder integration

If you’re on OSX 10.10 or higher, get sync status directly from Finder by enabling Finder overlays in Settings.

First, click the Apple logo in the top left corner of your Mac Desktop and select System Preferences, then select Extensions in the top-level menu (shown in the 3rd row from the top).

Screenshot of system preferences on a Mac

Toggle on the OneDrive Finder Integration to enable Finder overlays.

Screenshot of Extensions in system preferences on a Mac

You’re all set. Open up your OneDrive folder in Finder to see overlays on your files and folders.

Screenshot of Finder integration on Mac with sync overlays for synced files

If you’re an admin and want to enable sync icon overlays on multiple computers, you can use this Terminal command:

/usr/bin/pluginkit -e use -i com.microsoft.OneDrive-mac.FinderSync