Enable the New OneDrive Client on SharePoint

Always having issues with synced SharePoint sites? constantly getting calls to the helpdesk to sort out the red circle of doom???

Get rid of OneDrive for Business and start using the new OneDrive client to sync both your personal OneDrive and your SharePoint sites. Its a much improved sync client and has some great new features coming over the next couple of months. My favourite is on-demand files which means having all of your folders and files visible from windows but without having to sync them. Click on a file and it opens on demand directly from SharePoint, brilliant!

Right lets first unlink sites from the old OneDrive, install the new client and enable the new client on our SharePoint site.

1 – Unlink any sites and accounts from your OneDrive for business client and disable it from starting during start-up.

2 РNext install the latest OneDrive client from here https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=248256

3 – Now log into https://portal.office.com as a tenant administrator and click into the Admin portal.

4 – Expand Admin Centers from the left hand menu and click into SharePoint

5 – Click on settings and scroll down the options until you find ‘Sync Client for SharePoint’ Set the option to ‘Start the new client’

6 – Next scroll to the bottom of the page and click ok to save the changes.

7 – You may have to wait a few minutes but now you can click on the sync button on any site document library to launch the new OneDrive client. It will prompt you to sign into your Office 365 account and ask to verify what you want to sync.

8 – After a few minutes you will now see the new sync client active.


OneDrive for Business had its fair share of sync issues but now the new OneDrive client includes the ability to sync SharePoint sites its time to ensure you are using it. Watch out for the new on-demand feature which saves on disk space while enabling document libraries to be visible from file explorer.



Author: Ian@SlashAdmin

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  1. great thx for the tips

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