Files on Demand

Sync files with OneDrive Files On-Demand

With OneDrive Files On-Demand,you can get to all your files in OneDrive or SharePoint Online, without havingto download them and use storage space on your device.

Note:  With Windows 10 version 1809 and later, Storage Sense is      available to automatically free up disk space by making older, unused,      locally available OneDrive files be available online-only.

Turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive

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

If you’re on Windows 10, your computer already has the OneDrive desktop app on it, but you'll need to turn on Files On-Demand in OneDrive settings:

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

Work with files in Files On-Demand

Conceptual image of an online only file

When Files On-Demand is on, you’ll see new status icons next to each of your SharePoint files. You can now copy or move files from your computer to SharePoint Online straight from your file system.

Conceptual image of a locally available file

Save space on your device by making files online-only. These files are only available when you're connected to the Internet, but don't take up space on your computer.


Conceptual image of an always available file

When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes locally available. You can open a locally available file at anytime even without Internet access.

To make a file always available, even when you're offline:

  • Right-click it and select Always keep on this device.

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

  • Right-click it and select Free up space.

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