How to sync Shared OneDrive for business folders

By default, when you turn on the sync client for OneDrive for Business it will only sync the folders in your own OneDrive to your computer, NOT any folders or files  that someone has shared with you.

However, you can also sync folders that other people have shared with you which gives you offline access to these files in addition to yours, as long as the user gave you view and edit permission,

How do I do this:

  •  Login Office 365 portal.
  •  Browse to your OneDrive for Business. (At the top bar, select the Office 365 app launcher icon, and then select OneDrive.)
  •  Click “Shared with me”, from the left panel.
  •  Click on the folder you want to sync to your computer.
  •  Click “Sync”.
  •  Follow the prompts to complete the process.
  •  This shared folder will now show on your computer under File Explorer separately from your own OneDrive files.

If you need any help with syncing shared OneDrive folders to your local computer or any other Office 365 configurations, don’t hesitate to reach out.


  1. Jennifer

    This is not working for me. Also, the title says “sync Shared OneDrive for Business folders”, but then there is a statement that it won’t sync folders or files that anyone has shared with you. That seems contradictory. The whole point is to be able to access these “shared folders” from others in the organization without having to go to and just use the regular file explorer. So, if there is a way to sync “shared” folders from others in the organization to my file explorer, please provide instructions, as these do not work.

    1. jbales

      Thank you for commenting and letting me know. While you are in the Office 365 portal, if you click on SHARED on the left side, and then select the folder you want to sync to your PC, then you should have the SYNC option at the top once the folder is highlighted. This will show up in File Explorer under OneDrive but a separate area. Shared Files in OneDrive show separately from your own files. Hopefully this helps you.

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