How to Download all files on OneDrive in Windows 11



This article provides a guide on how to download all files from OneDrive to a Windows computer. It explains the benefits of having local copies, the process of syncing files, and the steps to download files for offline access. Users can access OneDrive settings to initiate the download process.

This article explains how to download all files on OneDrive to your Windows computer.

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

You can automatically back up your essential folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your device with the OneDrive app.

When you use OneDrive, you can add or remove OneDrive’s icon to your desktop, share your files and folders, lock or unlock OneDrive personal vault, change OneDrive location, choose which folders to sync, and more.

Your files on OneDrive are stored online security. You will need an internet connection to open and edit your files online. You can keep some files on the device so you can edit them without an internet connection.

If you plan to be in an area without an internet connection, you can choose to download all your files to your computer. Doing this will keep all files on your machine without the need for an internet connection to use them.

Additionally, downloading your files can provide a backup if something happens to your OneDrive account or files. Lastly, having a local copy of your files can make it easier and faster to access them, as you won’t need to wait for them to download or load online.

At a later date, you can choose to free up disk space, uploading all your files again to the cloud and freeing up your local drive.

Download files on OneDrive to your computer

As mentioned above, users can download all files stored on their OneDrive online to their computers to view and edit files without an internet connection.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the OneDrive settings pane. You can access the Settings page by clicking the OneDrive icon on the Taskbar (Taskbar overflow) and selecting the gear -> Settings on the context menu.

OneDrive Settings button

One can also access OneDrive settings by going to the OneDrive folder in Windows File Explorer. Then, on the top right menu bar, expand the OneDrive button and select the Settings gear.

OneDrive File Explorer menu button

When the OneDrive settings pane opens, select Sync and backup on the left menu.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

On the right, below Preferences, click the Advanced settings link to expand it.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

Next, click on the Download all files button under Files On-Demand.

OneDrive download all files button

When you click the button, it will display the space it will use when you download your files.

Click ‘Continue‘ to begin downloading your files to your computer.

OneDrive download all files continue

That should do it!


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