OneDrive Files On-Demand is now available for Windows 10. With Files On-Demand enabled, you can access all of your files in the cloud without downloading them and taking up storage space on your device. All of your files, including online-only files, can be viewed and used in File Explorer just like any other file on your device. Using the Windows file picker, you’ll be able to open online-only files from any desktop or Windows Store app. And it works with both your personal and work OneDrive, as well as your SharePoint Online team sites, so you’re covered in both your personal and professional lives.
In File Explorer, your files will have the following statuses:
- Online-only files take up no disk space on your computer. Each online-only file has a cloud icon in File Explorer, but the file does not download to your device until you open it. When your device isn’t connected to the Internet, you can’t open online-only files.
- When you open a file that is only available online, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file at any time, even if you do not have Internet access. If you require more space, you can return the file to online mode. Simply right-click the file and choose Free up space.
- Only files labeled “Always keep on this device” have a green circle with a white check mark. These files download to your device and take up space, but they are always available to you, even when you are not connected to the internet.
Does OneDrive store all files offline or online in Windows 10?
OneDrive is a powerful and well-known cloud storage service provided by Microsoft. Many users prefer to backup files from their Windows PCs to OneDrive. When you save files to OneDrive, they are stored in the OneDrive cloud as well as locally on your PC. Because the location of the files is determined by the version of Windows you are using as well as the OneDrive settings.
Some users are perplexed by this. They are unsure whether or not their flies can be accessed without an internet connection. However, there is no need to be concerned about this issue. If you are unsure, you can check to see if your files or folders are accessible offline. If you need them to be accessible offline, you can do so in a few steps.
Can I make OneDrive files available offline in Windows 10?
You certainly can. OneDrive provides a Windows version of the sync app to help users sync OneDrive in Windows 10. After installing the sync app, you will have a OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer that allows you to sync files between your PC and the Microsoft OneDrive cloud.
When you click on a file or folder in the OneDrive folder, the Windows Explorer status bar will generally tell you whether the file or folder is only available online or offline. After checking, if you want to make OneDrive files available offline in Windows 10, you can directly click on the file or folder and select the status. You can also instruct OneDrive to make all files available offline in Windows 10 via the OneDrive setting.
How to Make OneDrive Files and Folders Available Offline
If you don’t know how to make OneDrive available offline in Windows 10, you can read the following contents to learn how to make a portion of OneDrive files available offline in Windows 10 or all OneDrive files available offline in Windows 10.
Make a OneDrive File or Folder “Always keep on this device” for Offline Use
Step 1: Open your OneDrive folder on the PC.
Step 2: Choose one or more files and/or folders with an “online-only” or “locally available” status that you want to “always keep on this device.”
Step 3: To have it checked later, right-click or press and hold on the selected item(s), and then click/tap on Always keep on this device.
That’s it. It is an easy task to do. You can do it by yourself and without worrying that you will fail. If you have any questions, drop them in below comment coloumn.