OneDrive for OSX Devices

I. Installation & Getting Started

Please note this installer and instructions are only applicable to Macs on OS X 10.9 or later.

1.) Download the OneDrive Mac installer

2.) The link above will automatically direct you to the App Store - Click 'Get'

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3.) Now click 'Install App'

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4.) You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID to complete downloading - this is NOT the same as your Elon email username and password and is completely setup by the user

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Don't have an Apple ID? Click 'Create Apple ID' above and complete the process to sign up. If you don't want to include credit card information, make sure you select 'None' on the configuration screen below. For more information on setting up Apple IDs, visit

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5.) Once installation begins, the button will change to 'Installing...' (below)

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6.) Once installation is complete, the button will change to 'Open' (below)

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7.) The first time you open OneDrive on a Mac, you will be prompted to sign in with your Elon University email account:

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Once you start signing in by entering your email address, the screen will update to the image pictured in Step 12.

8.) Finish entering your Elon email username and password and click 'Login'

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9.) On the next screen, click 'Choose OneDrive Folder Location'

An image of your OneDrive folder where you can choose the folder location with the button at the bottom.

10.) Click "Choose this location" to select the default location for your OneDrive folder

We recommend the default location already chosen in the image below. However, users may choose whatever destination they desire.

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11.) Click 'Next'

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12.) Check the box "open at login so my files sync automatically"

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13.) Congratulations! OneDrive is now configured on your computer.

The next steps are OPTIONAL and are only for ADVANCED users who would like visual verification that files are being backed up. Files saved to your OneDrive for Business folder will update and sync automatically to your cloud account at However, some users prefer visual verification that files are synced. To do this, perform the following OPTIONAL steps.

14.) Click the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner and select 'System Preferences'

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15.) Select 'Extensions'

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16.) Check the checkbox next to 'Finder' under 'OneDrive'

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17.) Congratulations! As you can see, green checkmarks now appear next to synced files!

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II. General Use

OneDrive for Business functions as a simple folder where you can store documents for business use.

To add files to your OneDrive for Business accoun, place files in your OneDrive for Business folder. which will automatically sync with your Office 365 cloud account. You can access the files from anywhere with an internet connection through your email account at

OneDrive for Business on Mac computers does not offer full functionality of the program. In order to share files, it is recommended you do so through the OneDrive for Business Online Web Access (OWA).


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