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2 Ways to Switch between OneDrive Accounts

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Feb. 11, 2020 | 3 mins read

Author Delores

Delores

Senior Editor at multcloud.com. A movie lover and always be willing to resolve product-related issues.

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In this article, you will find 2 free and tested ways to switch between OneDrive accounts whether you are using personal OneDrive accounts or OneDrive for Business accounts.

Preface

Nowadays, many people prefer to store data to cloud drive because it is very convenient to use when needed. Therefore, it is normal to have multiple OneDrive cloud drives on same PC because OneDrive has many benefits. For instance, it offers 15 GB free storage space, supports saving any kind of files on OneDrive be it documents, pictures, videos, programs, etc and the leading social networks can be linked to the OneDrive account through the web version.

In order to facilitate the distinction, many people like to use personal OneDrive accounts to store personal documents, precious family photos and OneDrive for Business accounts to store things related to study or work.

To better manage these accounts, is there a good way to switch between OneDrive accounts to obtain the required data in time? Luckily, in the following part, we will offer 2 ways to switch OneDrive accounts on PC.

How to Switch between OneDrive Accounts?

Like the above said, you will learn 2 ways to change OneDrive accounts you use from the following parts. Let’s see how they work.

Solution 1. Use Multiple OneDrive Accounts with Desktop OneDrive APP

Step 1. Download and install OneDrive on your PC.
Step 2. Run your OneDrive application as an administrator.
Step 3. Enter your email address and sign in your OneDrive account.
Step 4. Follow the guides to set up your OneDrive account.


Change Location
Change Location

Step 5. Click “Open my OneDrive folder” and you’ll find all your files are listed and you can do any operations including “Copy”, “Cut”, “Paste”, etc through Windows File Explorer.


Open My OneDrive Folder
Open My OneDrive Folder

Step 6. To add another OneDrive account, right -click the OneDrive icon in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.
Step 7. Click “Settings” and click “Add an account” so you can follow above steps to add another account to your PC.


Add an Account
Add an Account

Notes:

  • Following this method, you can only add personal OneDrive account and OneDrive for Business account to your computer. In brief, you cannot use multiple personal OneDrive accounts to your PC.
  • If your system version is higher than Windows 8, then there is no need to install a OneDrive application on your PC because OneDrive desktop app is already built-in.
  • You may need to show hidden icons next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.

As you can see, this method has short-comes if you are using several personal OneDrive accounts.


Error Message When Adding Second OneDrive Account
Error Message When Adding Second OneDrive Account

Now, there comes a second solution that can solve this problem seamlessly.

Solution 2. Switch between OneDrive Accounts with MultCloud

MultCloud is a FREE cloud to cloud file transfer manager tool based on the web page from one platform without downloading and uploading. It supports more than 30 cloud drives including Google Drive, G Suite, Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Google Photos, Flickr, MEGA, etc.

Below parts will guide you on how to switch OneDrive accounts with detailed steps.

Step 1. Create one MultCloud account. If you want to test it first without signing up, you could click “Experience without signing up” option to get one temp account to have a try.


Sign Up
Sign Up

Step 2. Click “Add Clouds” and select OneDrive from the listed drives below to add.


Add OneDrive
Add OneDrive

Step 3. Click “Next” button to authorize MultCloud to get the authorization to access your OneDrive account and click “Add OneDrive Account”.


Add OneDrive Account
Add OneDrive Account

Step 4. Enter in your OneDrive account and password and click “Sign in”.


Sign in OneDrive Account
Sign in OneDrive Account

Step 5. Back to MultCloud and you will find your OneDrive account is listed in the left panel.


OneDrive is Added
OneDrive is Added

Step 6. Follow the same steps above so you can add your another OneDrive or OneDrive for Business account to MultCloud.


Manage Multiple OneDrive Accounts with MultCloud
Manage Multiple OneDrive Accounts with MultCloud

Step 7. You can see your OneDrive accounts are added to MultCloud successfully. When you want to switch OneDrive accounts, it’s easy to do after your accounts are added to MultCloud. You can open any OneDrive accounts through “Cloud Explorer” and you can do operations like you are doing the operations through your cloud drive itself.


Copy Files from one Cloud to Another through Cloud Explorer
Copy Files from one Cloud to Another through Cloud Explorer

Notes:

  • When add your second Onedrive account to MultCloud, it’s recommended that you could log in your second account through its official website first.
  • MultCloud does not have any limit to add cloud drives. If you have multiple personal OneDrive and OneDrive for Business accounts, you can add them to MultCloud.

Summary

As you can see, following any way above could help you switch between OneDrive accounts easily if you want to change between personal OneDrive and OneDrive for Business accounts. But if you want to switch between personal OneDrive accounts, then the first solution cannot help you.

If the second solution, MultCloud is your choice, in addition to “Cloud Explorer”, you may find it has “Cloud Transfer” and “Cloud Sync”.

For “Cloud Transfer”, it can help you transfer files across cloud drives without downloading and uploading. For example, you can transfer files from OneDrive account to another with it.

For “Cloud Sync”, it allows you to create sync relationships between clouds. For example, if you want to sync photos between OneDrive and Google Photos, you can make full use of it.

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