The OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client lets you connect and sync files from your OneDrive for Business. You can add a work or school account to the new OneDrive for Business sync client and sync all your files to your computer.
This release of the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client has a number of valuable features for you and your organization. Before deploying, there are some known issues that you should review before determining whether this new client is currently appropriate for your organization. Read more here.
Note The OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client is supported on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. Windows 8.1 is currently not supported. The new OneDrive for Business sync client also doesn’t yet support syncing site libraries or on-premises instances of OneDrive for Business (when your organization doesn’t subscribe to Office 365).
If you’re currently using the existing OneDrive for Business sync client to sync your SharePoint content, read Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client before proceeding. Which OneDrive sync client am I using?
If you’re running Windows 10 or Office 2016, or if you have signed into the OneDrive client with a Microsoft account (for example, email@example.com), you should already have the new OneDrive for Business sync client and you can skip to step 2 below.
Note If you’re not familiar or comfortable with setting registry keys or other procedures mentioned in this article, we recommend that you wait until a later release to start using the new OneDrive for Business sync client.
- Install the Windows version of the new OneDrive for Business sync client.
- Start the Welcome to OneDrive
Method 1: If you have no accounts signed in to OneDrive
If you don’t currently have an account signed in to OneDrive, you’ll want set up OneDrive so that you can connect a work or school account.
- In the Deployment Package, open reg and then open EnableAddAccounts.reg.
- Select the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:
- When the Welcome to OneDrive wizard starts, select Sign in to set up your work or school account.
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 use OneDrive Settings so that you can add a work or school account. You can enable this setting by setting the following regkey:
- Exit the OneDrive sync client by right-clicking the white OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar notification area, and selecting Exit.
- In the Deployment Package, open reg.
- Relaunch the OneDrive sync client: Select the Start button, search for “OneDrive”, and then open it:
- In the taskbar navigation area, right-click the white OneDrive cloud icon and select Settings.
(You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon.)
When the Welcome to OneDrive wizard starts, select Sign in to set up your work or school account.
- Sign in with your work or school account.
The Welcome to OneDrive wizard
The Welcome to OneDrive wizard walks you through the steps to sign in and set up OneDrive to sync your work or school files.
- On the Welcome to OneDrive screen, select Sign in.
- Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
- On the This is your OneDrive folder screen, select Next to accept the folder location. (Or select Change location to change the folder location.)
- On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync, and select Next.
- When you see Your OneDrive is ready for you, you’re done. Select Open your OneDrive folder to see your files sync to your folder in File Explorer.
Enjoy OneDrive for Business
You’re all set. Your OneDrive for Business files will also appear in File Explorer window in the OneDrive – [YourTenantName] folder.
You now have a new blue cloud icon in your notification area and your work files are synced to your computer. Your blue cloud icon will appear as OneDrive – [YourTenantName] – Up to date when you hover over the icon.
Any time you want to change the work or school folders you sync on your computer, right-click the blue cloud icon and select Settings > Account > Choose folders. Find other information about your account and change other OneDrive settings from here.
For additional resources about the new OneDrive for Business sync client:
|Introduction to the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client||Get an overview of what the Next Generation Sync Client is all about.|
|Deploying the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client in an enterprise environment||Learn how administrators can deploy the Next Generation Sync Client for Windows to users in their enterprise environment.|
|Transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client||Learn how Windows users can transition from the existing OneDrive for Business sync client to the Next Generation Sync Client.|
|Administrative settings for the new OneDrive Sync Client (OneDrive.exe)||Learn how administrators can control and manage the Next Generation Sync Client for their users through Group Policy.|
|Which OneDrive sync client am I using?||Learn how to easily tell which OneDrive sync client you are using.|
|OneDrive Next Generation Sync Client Release Notes||Knowledge base article with release notes, limits, and restrictions (such as invalid characters in file names).|