Can I Force a Folder to Sync to OneDrive?

Auto Sync Folder to OneDrive
Auto Sync Folder to OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that allows users to store, share, and sync files and folders online. It has multiple functions such as syncing files automatically among different devices, real-time collaboration on documents, and sharing files or folders with others by a shared link. Besides, OneDrive collaborates with other Microsoft products like Office 365, Outlook, and Teams which makes it a good choice for adapting Microsoft’s software ecosystem.

Since you can force a folder to sync to OneDrive, let's see why we want to do so:

  • Backup: Syncing your important files to OneDrive as a backup is quite essential. When you accidentally lose your hard drive or delete the files in a local position, the backup can work at this point.
  • Access from Anywhere: Because OneDrive is an online storage service and supports both computers and mobile devices, the files on it can be accessed on any device as long as you log in to your OneDrive account with an internet connection.
  • Collaboration: When you share a folder with someone else and both of you sync it to your OneDrive accounts, you can collaborate on the files in this folder in real time.
  • Automatic Updates: If you sync your folders with OneDrive, all the changes that you make to these folders will be updated to the corresponding folders on OneDrive. By doing so, you don’t have to download and upload the newest file versions manually.
  • More Storage: If you move some files from other positions to OneDrive, you can save the storage of those positions. Also, if you want more storage, you can upgrade to OneDrive’s paid plan to get more storage easily instead of buying another disk or hard drive.

Auto Sync Folder to OneDrive from Local Position [2 Ways]

If you want to auto sync local folder to OneDrive, here comes two wonderful ways. You can use the OneDrive app or AOMEI Backupper to make it. The 2 methods will be explained separately and you can take them as references.

Way 1: Sync Local Folder to OneDrive via OneDrive App

If you want to follow this method, please make sure that you have downloaded the OneDrive app before.

If You are a New User of OneDrive Desktop App

Step 1: Open the OneDrive folder in File Explorer after you download its desktop app.

Open OneDrive Folder
Open OneDrive Folder

Step 2: Sign in to your OneDrive and then tick which you want to sync from your PC to OneDrive.

Set OneDrive Sync
Set OneDrive Sync

If You Have Set up the OneDrive Desktop App

Step 1: Open the OneDrive app and click “Settings”.

Click Settings
Click Settings

Step 2: Log in to your OneDrive account and choose “Sync and back up”.

Choose Sync and Back up
Choose Sync and Back up

Step 3: Click “Manage backup” in the first line. Then tick “Documents” and click the button “Start backup”. The folders and files will sync with OneDrive automatically.

Click Start Backup
Click Start Backup

Way 2: Sync Folder to OneDrive via AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a free online backup software and it also can be used to sync files or folders to clouds. If you want to use AOMEI Backupper, you should download its app first.

Step 1: Open AOMEI Backupper on your desktop.

Step 2: Click “Sync” in the left bar and choose Real Time Sync. Then click “Add Folder”.

Click Add Folder
Click Add Folder

Step 3: Select folders that you want to sync with OneDrive on your computer and click “Open”.

Step 4: Click the lower box and choose “Select a cloud drive”. Then select OneDrive as the destination and click “OK”.

Select OneDrive
Select OneDrive

Step 5: Click the button “Start Sync” and the task is established.


1. Why does not OneDrive sync automatically?

OneDrive may not sync automatically due to issues such as a poor internet connection, disabled settings, power-saving modes, file size or type limitations, conflicts or errors with specific files, or outdated software. Checking and adjusting these factors can help resolve the syncing problem. Contacting Microsoft support or seeking assistance from the OneDrive community may also be beneficial.

2. Can I stop certain files from syncing to OneDrive?

Yes, you can stop certain files from syncing to OneDrive. You can do this by selecting the files or folders you want to exclude and then choosing the "Free up space" or "Don't sync" option in the OneDrive settings on your device.

3. How to auto sync Android folders to OneDrive?

To auto-sync Android folders to OneDrive, you can use the Microsoft OneDrive app. Install the app on your Android device, sign in with your Microsoft account, and enable the "Camera Upload" or "Automatic Backup" feature in the app settings. This will automatically sync your Android folders to OneDrive.

4. How to auto sync the SharePoint folder to OneDrive?

To auto-sync a SharePoint folder to OneDrive, you can use MultCloud Cloud Sync. Create a MultCloud account, add SharePoint and OneDrive to it, Apply Cloud Sync, and start the process. The whole process will be quite easy.

Auto Sync Folder to OneDrive from Other Clouds [Free & Easy]

In this section, we will go further with the question of "how to auto-sync the SharePoint folder to OneDrive". To easily solve this problem, you can use MultCloud, a professional cloud managing service. Using MultCloud Cloud Sync, you can reach your goal with just a few clicks. See how convenient it is through the following steps:

Step 1: Enter MultCloud and create a new MultCloud account.


Step 2: Add Google Drive and OneDrive by clicking “Add Cloud” and their icons. Here you will log in to your accounts after clicking their icons.

Add SharePoint Online and OneDrive
Add SharePoint Online and OneDrive

Step 3: Click “Cloud Sync” and choose "Real Time Sync". Then select Google Drive and OneDrive in the boxes and click “Sync Now”. The folders in Google Drive will be continuously synced to OneDrive unless you manually stop the process or there is nothing change in the folders over 7 days.

Automatically sync Folders to OneDrive from SharePoint
Automatically sync Folders to OneDrive from SharePoint Online


  • Every user can get 5 GB of free traffic each month. If you think this amount is not enough, you can become a VIP user and enjoy more traffic.
  • If you don't want the sync process to go in real time but remain in the auto-sync status, you can use the Schedule feature under the Normal Sync circumstance. You can set the process to run at an exact time daily/weekly/monthly.
Schedule Normal Sync
Schedule Normal Sync


After you read this post, you can know how to auto sync folder to OneDrive from other clouds via MultCloud and how to sync folders to OneDrive from the local position automatically by AOMEI Backupper and OneDrive desktop app.

As you can see, MultCloud is of great use in syncing one cloud to another cloud. You can also try to sync OneDrive with Dropbox or other clouds. All of your operations will be easy.

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