How to set up Microsoft OneDrive for Mac

This how-to article explains how to set up and use Microsoft OneDrive for Macs running macOS 10.12 or newer. It includes information about optional paid storage plans.

For OneDrive, you need a Microsoft account and OneDrive for Mac. Both are free. If you don’t already have a Microsoft ID, go to the Microsoft ID registration screen and click Create a Microsoft account. Once you provide the requested information and create a password, you will have a new Microsoft ID.

Download the free OneDrive app from the Mac App Store. It comes with 5GB of cloud storage, and more is available for free.

Ouvrez le Mac App Store en cliquant sur son icône dans le Dock. Tapez OneDrive dans la barre de recherche pour localiser l'application et sélectionnez Obtenir pour la télécharger.
L'icône App Store dans le Dock de Mac

Vous pouvez également appuyer sur Command+Spacebar, rechercher l'App Store, puis cliquer sur l'icône lorsqu'elle apparaît dans les résultats de la recherche.

Lancez OneDrive et entrez les informations d'identification de votre compte Microsoft.
Écran d'installation de OneDrive sur un Mac

Pour terminer l'installation, sélectionnez un emplacement pour votre dossier OneDrive. Cliquez sur Choisir l'emplacement du dossier OneDrive. Vous pouvez le placer n'importe où sur votre Mac, y compris sur le Bureau.
Dossier OneDrive sur Mac

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based storage and synchronization solution that works on Macs, PCs, and mobile devices with internet access. When you install OneDrive on your Mac, it appears to be just another folder. Drop a file or folder of any type into the OneDrive folder, and the data is immediately transferred to the OneDrive cloud storage system.

Access your OneDrive folder using a web browser. Browser-based access lets you use cloud storage on any computing platform you use without having to install the OneDrive app. You can also access OneDrive from your iPhone and iPad by downloading the OneDrive app for iOS devices.

OneDrive can be used with other cloud storage services, including Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive. There’s nothing stopping you from using all four and taking advantage of the free storage tiers offered by each service.

OneDrive works like any other folder on your Mac. The only difference is that the data it contains is also transmitted to remote OneDrive servers. Inside the OneDrive folder, you’ll find default folders labeled Documents, Pictures, Attachments, and Public. You can add as many folders as you want and create the organization system that suits you.

Adding files is as easy as copying or dragging them to the appropriate OneDrive folder or subfolder. After you put files in the OneDrive folder, you can access them from any Mac, PC, or mobile device that has OneDrive installed. You can also access the OneDrive folder from any computer or mobile device using the web interface.

The OneDrive app runs as a menu bar item that includes the sync status of files kept in the OneDrive folder. Adjust preferences based on the OneDrive menu bar item and clicking the three-dot More button. You are configured and set 5 GB of free space to use. If you find you need more cloud storage space, it’s available for a reasonable price.

Leave a Comment