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Install and set up

If you have signed in to the OneDrive sync app with a Microsoft account (e.g. someone@outlook.com), 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.

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, then type OneDrive. This starts OneDrive Setup.
  2. Enter your work or school account and select Sign in to set up your account.
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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 on your Menu bar, click the three dots to open the menu, and then select Preferences.
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  1. Click the Account tab, and then select Add an Account to start OneDrive Setup.
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  1. Enter your work or school account and click Sign in.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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

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