Video: Sync files with Files On-Demand

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With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can access each of your files in SharePoint Online, skipping the download process and occupy your device’s storage space.

Turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive

  1. Click the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area.
OneDrive SyncClient with blue cloud and white cloud icons

Note: If you’re on Windows 10, your computer automatically has the OneDrive desktop app equipped, but you must switch on Files On-Demand in OneDrive settings.

  1. Click Settings OneDrive settings with gear icon .
  1. Press Settings > Save space and download files as you use them.

Work with files in Files On-Demand

When Files On-Demand is on, you’ll notice new status icons beside all your SharePoint files. You can now duplicate or shift files from your computer to SharePoint Online directly from your file system.

Conceptual image of an online only fileConserve space on your device by saving files online-only.

These files are only available once you’re connected to the Internet, without using your computer’s space.
Conceptual image of a locally available fileAfter you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and then is locally accessible.

You can open a locally available file whenever you want which can be with no Internet access.
Conceptual image of an always available fileTo ensure a file is always available, including when you’re offline:

Right-click it and pick Always keep on this device.

To change a file back to an online-only file:

Right-click it and press Free up space.

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