This article will help you set up Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive whether you use a Windows or Mac computer. OneDrive is cloud-based storage available through Office 365.  Users can save all types of files and photos and access them anywhere on any device connected to the internet.  Documents can also be shared and edited simultaneously using the Office Online products. You will also learn how to set up additional OneDrive accounts.

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Set up OneDrive on Windows

  1. Download the Windows version of the OneDrive sync client.
  2. Double-click the download to begin installing.  Follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Follow one of the two setup methods available below:
    • Setting up OneDrive for the first time
    • Setting up OneDrive for an additional account

Setting up OneDrive for the first time

  1. Select the Start button, search for “OneDrive” and open it.
  2. Enter your UConn Office 365 email address and select Sign in.
  3. Enter the password for your UConn Office 365 account and click Sign in.
  4. Click Next to setup default folder location or click Change Location to change the folder location.
  5. On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your computer and click Next.  For more information on what syncing folders means see the “Why set up OneDrive on my computer” section.
  6. To finish, click Open my OneDrive.

Setting up OneDrive for an additional account

  1. In the taskbar navigation area, right-click the white OneDrive cloud icon and select Settings.
  2. In settings, select Account. Click Add an account.
  3. Enter your UConn Office 365 email address and then click Sign in.
  4. Enter the password for your UConn Office 365 account and click Sign in.
  5. Click Next to setup default folder location or click Change Location to change the folder location.
  6. Of the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your computer and click Next. For more information on what syncing folders means see the “Why set up OneDrive on my computer” section.
  7. To finish, click Open my OneDrive.

Set up OneDrive on Mac

  1. Download OneDrive for Mac.
  2. Double-click the download to begin installing and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Follow one of the two setup methods available below.
    • Setting up OneDrive for the first time
    • Setting up OneDrive for an additional account

Setting up OneDrive for the first time

  1. Select the Launchpad.  Search for “OneDrive” and open it.
  2. Enter your UConn Office 365 email address.  Select Sign in.
  3. Enter the password for your UConn Office 365 account.  Click Sign in.
  4. Click Next to setup default folder location or click Change Location to change the folder location.
  5. Of the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your computer.  Click Next.  For more information on what syncing folders means see the “Why set up OneDrive on my computer” section.
  6. To finish, click Open my OneDrive.

Setting up OneDrive for an additional account

  1. Click the OneDrive cloud icon up in your Menu bar.  Select Preferences.
  2. Click the Account tab and in the new Add Account group.  Select Add a Business Account to start OneDrive Setup.
  3. Enter your UConn Office 365 account.  Click Sign in.
  4. Enter the password for your UConn Office 365 account.  Click Sign in.
  5. Click Next to setup default folder location or click Change Location to change the folder location.
  6. On the Sync files from your OneDrive screen, choose the folders you want to sync from OneDrive to your computer.  Click Next.  For more information on what syncing folders means see the “Why setup OneDrive on my computer” section.
  7. To finish click Open my OneDrive.

Saving Space with OneDrive

By setting up OneDrive on your computer, you can save files directly to your OneDrive account.   You can also sync specific folders on your OneDrive with your computer. 
When a folder on your computer and your OneDrive are synced, it means that when a file is saved to one destination it is automatically saved in the other location.  By syncing only specific folders, you can better control the amount of space OneDrive files take on your computer.