Steps to Change Default OneDrive folder location in Windows 10

OneDrive was formerly known as Windows Live Folders. This is a file hosting service, Cloud storage, online file storage provider, etc. drive by Microsoft. OneDrive allows its users to store files and personal data in the cloud. Users can share files and sync files across Windows phone, Windows PC, Android and even from iOS and macOS devices.

If you must keep your files in a local area and backed up in the cloud,and your device doesn’t have enough storage space. There is no option in OneDrive to use removable storage or secondary hard drive. If you have a primary device with limited storage, then you can relocate the default OneDrive folder to another folder, Disk, or external hard drive.

Use this guide to relocate default folder location without having to re-sync the files that are already stored locally in your device.

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To relocate OneDrive folder on Windows 10

This method is helpful in to use a different location to store your OneDrive folder without wasting additional time and bandwidth to sync the files again.

  1.    Click on the ‘Cloud’ icon in the taskbar to open OneDrive.
  2.    Click on the ‘More’ button on the popup menu.
  3.    Choose ‘Settings.’
  4.    Click on the ‘Account’ Tab in the open window.
  5.    Then, Click on the Unlink OneDrive option.
  6.    Click the ‘Unlink account’ button.
  7.    Now, close the ‘Set up OneDrive’ page if applicable.
  8.    Press ‘Windows key + R’ to launch Run command.
  9.    Enter %USERPROFILE% in the Run box.
  10.    Press ‘Enter’ or click ‘Ok.’
  11.    Select and Mark ‘OneDrive’ folder.
  12.    Now, click on the ‘Home’ tab from the upper-left corner.
  13.    Click on ‘Move to’ from the open tabs.
  14.    Select the ‘Choose location’ option from the drop-down menu.
  15.    Browse and choose a new location to move your OneDrive files stored in your Pc.

You can use a different partition, secondary drive, and even an external USB storage but the USB drive should be connected to all the time to your computer.

  1.    Click on the ‘Move.’
  2.    Now, click on the ‘Start.’
  3.    Search for ‘OneDrive’ and Press enter to open it.
  4.    Enter your Email address and click on ‘Sign in.’
  5.    Type your account password and click on ‘Sign in.’
  6.    Click on ‘Change location.’ It is in the middle of the screen.
  7.    Browse a new folder location, and then click on the ‘Select Folder.’
  8.    Click on ‘Use this location’ in the popup window.
  9.    Now, click the ‘Next’ button. It is in the middle of your screen.
  10.    Go through the OneDrive tips and then click on the ‘Open my OneDrive folder’ button.

Once you complete the steps successfully, the OneDrive folder will now sync your files in the new location.

Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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