Why Sync Local Folder to SharePoint?

Sync a Local Folder to SharePoint
Sync a Local Folder to SharePoint

SharePoint is a file management and collaboration platform that gives your team a stage to share, interact, and collaborate. Since SharePoint is a web-based service, files on it can be accessed on any device with a network connection so that your teamwork can occur in any place at any time.

As a Microsoft application, SharePoint also integrates with other services like Power Automate, Power Apps, and more. For example, you can use Power Automate to easily copy files from SharePoint to a network drive. The integration can greatly enhance work efficiency, simplify workflows, and deal with more problems.

Sync Local Folder to SharePoint via Uploading [2 Ways]

If you don’t have the demand for real-time syncing, syncing files to SharePoint by uploading is the easiest way. You don’t have to pay for extra fees and the operations are easy to follow. But, if you plan to sync masses of files, make sure that your computer is connected to a stable network or it may take you much time to finish uploading files to SharePoint.

Here we will give 2 ways to move files from local server to SharePoint and you can choose your preferred one to follow.

Way 1: Link Local Files to SharePoint by Dragging and Dropping

Step 1: Enter SharePoint and sign in with your account.

Step 2: Navigate to the place where you want to save the local folder.

Step 3: Find the local folder on your computer, drag it, and drop it to the place on SharePoint. Then you finish all the operations to sync local folder to SharePoint by dragging and dropping.

Drag the Local Folder and Drop to SharePoint
Drag the Local Folder and Drop to SharePoint

Way 2: Upload Local Folder to SharePoint by the SharePoint Upload

Step 1: Log in to SharePoint and navigate to a place to save the local folder.

Step 2: Click “Upload” in the upper taskbar, choose the local folder, and click “Open”. After a while, the local folder will be saved on SharePoint.

Click Upload in the Upper Bar
Click Upload in the Upper Bar

Bonus Tip: Sync OneDrive to SharePoint Online via MultCloud

If you have the OneDrive desktop app, you can sync local folder to SharePoint Online via OneDrive after using MultCloud to integrate them. Every time you move the local folder to the OneDrive folder on your computer, this folder will be synced to SharePoint immediately.

MultCloud is a professional cloud management service that supports automatically transferring, syncing, and backing up files from one cloud to another.

Cloud Sync, as one of MultCloud’s proud functions, helps you create a sync task with easy steps, Schedule and Filter features, and various sync modes like:

  • Real Time Sync: The sync task will keep updating the modified files from one cloud to another unless you manually stop it or there is nothing that changes for 7 days.
  • Two-way Sync: The sync not only runs from one cloud to another but back and forth which makes sure that files can be the same even on the 2 different clouds.
  • Incremental Sync: The sync task will compare the files with the last process. Then, it will only sync the modified or added files this time.
  • Cumulative Sync: Even when you delete some files after the first sync, the files won’t be deleted in the target cloud in the latter sync process.
Cloud Sync Modes
Cloud Sync Modes

Let’s see how to use Cloud Sync to sync OneDrive to SharePoint Online.

Step 1: Create a MultCloud account when you enter its website.

Step 2: Click “Add Cloud” and the OneDrive icon to connect your OneDrive account to MultCloud. Also, use the same operations to add the SharePoint online account.

Add SharePoint and OneDrive
Add SharePoint and OneDrive

Step 3: Choose “Cloud Sync” in the left sidebar and choose the 2 clouds in the boxes. Then you can add your desired sync modes to the task in “Options”. Also, you can filter the OneDrive files with “Filter” in “Options” and schedule the task with “Schedule”. Finally, click “Sync Now” to start syncing.

Sync OneDrive to SharePoint Online
Sync OneDrive to SharePoint Online

Note: If you always have many files that need to sync with SharePoint, you can upgrade your plan to get more traffic for file syncing and paid features.


Till now, you must learn the 2 quick ways to sync local folder to SharePoint. They might not be the most convenient ones but they do make sense when you only have a few files to sync. Besides, if you encounter the OneDrive not syncing with SharePoint issue when you connect them in the traditional way, you may turn to MultCloud and use its Cloud Sync to integrate OneDrive and SharePoint Online. This time, the sync task will not fail and you will have a better experience.

Why is my SharePoint not syncing with File Explorer?
You can check these problems to see if you can fit your situation:
Poor network connection; Corrupted files; Incorrect configurations; Conflicts between multiple users editing the same file; SharePoint errors.
Can you sync a network folder to SharePoint?
You can sync a folder from a network drive to SharePoint by MultCloud Cloud Sync, too. You can refer to the following steps: Sign up for a MultCloud account > Add your NAS account and SharePoint accounts > Create a Cloud Sync task > Initiate the task.
What is the difference between OneDrive and SharePoint?
SharePoint is more tended for organizational use while OneDrive is for personal use. SharePoint allows different members to work on one platform and can integrate with more features. On the other hand, OneDrive files are only open for you. Others without grants cannot access your files. Besides, OneDrive is easier to start using than SharePoint.
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