Changing the Location of Your OneDrive Folder on Windows 11

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This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to change or relocate the OneDrive folder to a different location in Windows 11. Featuring steps from opening the OneDrive app and unlinking the PC from your OneDrive account to cutting and pasting the OneDrive folder to a new location, and finally, relinking the OneDrive folder after…

This article describes how to change or move your OneDrive folder to another location in Windows 11.

The OneDrive app lets you sync files and folders on your computer with Microsoft Cloud, allowing you to access them anywhere on your mobile devices and other computers using the service.

By default, your device’s essential folders (your DesktopDocuments, and Pictures) will automatically be backed up to Microsoft cloud online.

When you set up OneDrive, it will create a OneDrive folder in your home directory by default. This is located in your home folder on the Local Disk (C:) drive. (C:\Users\<username>\OneDrive).

You can move or relocate your OneDrive folder to another drive or partition. The steps below show you how to move your OneDrive folder from its default location to another drive (ex. E:\Users\<username>\OneDrive).

Move the OneDrive folder to another drive in Windows 11

As mentioned above, a OneDrive folder will be created in your home directory by default when you set up OneDrive.

The location is typically here -> (C:\Users\<username>\OneDrive).

You can move this folder and relink it to another location on Windows, and the steps below show you how.

First, open the OneDrive app on your PC.

You can do that from the Start menu or browse the OneDrive installed location at (“C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\OneDrive.exe “).

You can also quickly access the OneDrive icon from the Taskbar overflow.

onedrive icon on the taskbar overview
onedrive icons on the taskbar overview

When the app opens, click on the Help & Settings (gear) icon and then on Settings.

onedrive help and settings button
onedrive help and settings button

On the Settings pane, under Account, click the “Unlink this PC” link.

onedrive app unlink pc link
onedrive app unlink pc link

Confirm that you want to unlink the PC from your OneDrive Account.

onedrive app confirm unlink this pc
onedrive app confirms unlinking this PC

Next, open File Explorer and browse to the OneDrive location. (C:\Users\<username>\OneDrive). Right-click on the OneDrive folder, and select Cut or the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + X).

onedrive folder cut to another location
onedrive folder cut to another location

Open the location you want to paste the folder. In this case, we want to move the OneDrive folder to the E:\Users\<username>\. Right-click and paste or use the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + V).

onedrive folder paste to another location
onedrive folder paste to another location

Relink OneDrive folder

Now that you have moved the OneDrive folder to another location, go and set up OneDrive again.

Launch the app, then click on the Sign in button.

onedrive app sign in button
onedrive app sign-in button

Type your Microsoft account email address to continue.

windows 11 set up onedrive folder
Windows 11 set up onedrive folder.

By default, the OneDrive app will want to use its original location. Since we want to use the E drive, click the Change location link.

onedrive change location link on set up
onedrive change location link on set up

Browse to the new location, then select the OneDrive folder. When prompted, select Use this folder.

onedrive app set up use this location
onedrive app set up, use this location

Confirm the location, then click Next.

onedrive set up location next button
onedrive setup location next button

On the next window, choose the folders you want to back up to your OneDrive Account. Existing folders and content will automatically be backed up to the cloud.

When done, click Start syncing or choose “I’ll do it later” to skip.

onedrive app set up start syncing
onedrive app set up, start syncing

Continue until you are done. On the last window, choose to open the OneDrive folder

windows 11 your onedrive is ready for you
Windows 11, your onedrive is ready for you

The content should now be at the new location.

onedrive folder moved to another location
onedrive folders moved to another location

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/change-the-location-of-your-onedrive-folder-f386fb81-1461-40a7-be2c-712676b2c4ae

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change your OneDrive folder location in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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