OneDrive in Windows 11
OneDrive is built into Windows 11 by default. Windows 11 removes the original two backup methods from the settings and adds OneDrive. More importantly, Microsoft has added OneDrive Sync to Settings to replace the Backup feature in Settings.
You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between the computer and the cloud. Once synced, you can log in to your OneDrive account on any device to access files directly and work with synced files directly in File Explorer as well as access your files even when you’re offline. When you’re online, any changes you or anyone else makes are automatically synced.
Next, this article will introduce you to the best way to sync files to OneDrive in Windows 11, whether it’s a single file or multiple files, from local to the cloud, or directly between two clouds or two local locations. Please read on for more details.
Best Way to Perform Windows 11 OneDrive Sync
After understanding the Windows 11 OneDrive settings, you can use this tool to help you sync files from local to the cloud or from cloud to local. If you want to sync files from local to local or from cloud to cloud, you need to perform a very complicated operation and you may face the problem of Windows 11 OneDrive not syncing during the process.
If you can’t find your OneDrive in Windows 11 and don’t want to manually upload files to OneDrive via a web app, you can try a free cloud backup tool called CBackup that supports automatic backup of files to OneDrive and allows you to add different cloud drives such as OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive.
If you want to sync unlimited files directly from anywhere to different places, the best way is to choose the free third-party sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard to help you.
- Automatic sync: It can automatically sync local folders in Windows 11 with OneDrive in fixed intervals (daily/weekly/monthly).
- Multiple devices: It supports syncing folders to OneDrive and other cloud drives like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc or other devices such as HDD, SSD, external drive, USB, etc.
- Different operating systems: It supports not only Windows 11, but also all other Windows OS, such as Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.
Then you can download this freeware and follow the graphic tutorial below (an example of syncing files to OneDrive) to sync folders easily in Windows 11.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, install and launch it. Then click Sync > Basic Sync.
You can upgrade to the professional version or higher versions to enjoy other 3 sync features if you need.
- Mirror Sync: It will keep the OneDrive directory the same as the source directory and any additional files in the target folder will be deleted.
- Two-Way Sync: It will sync the changes in the source directory to the OneDrive directory and vice versa.
- Real-Time Sync: As soon as the folder in the computer is changed it will immediately be synced to the OneDrive.
Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the folders you want to sync. To add multiple folders, click the + icon repeatedly and add all the folders that need to be synced.
Step 3. Click the inverted triangle at the right edge of the second bar and choose Select a cloud drive.
Step 4. Choose OneDrive and click OK.
Step 5. Confirm your operations and click Start Sync.
- Options: It allows you to write comments, set email notifications for your synced files.
- Schedule: It supports syncing your files automatically, and you can set the fixed frequencies such as Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Event trigger/USB plug in. You can upgrade to the advanced versions to enjoy the last two.
OneDrive can help you sync files between local and cloud, but if you want to sync files directly between two local locations, two cloud locations or sync unlimited files directly from anywhere to different places, the free sync software AOMEI Backupper Standard can easily achieve the goal. It not only automatically syncs unlimited files, but also syncs files to a specified location periodically according to the frequency you set for better file security.
Besides, it is also a good backup software, providing System Backup, File Backup, Disk Backup and Partition Backup functions to meet your different needs.