Windows 10 Tip: Add a Business Account to OneDrive

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in OneDrive, Office 365, Windows 10 with 0 Comments

Windows 10 Tip: Add a Business Account to OneDrive

Microsoft has supported both consumer and business OneDrive accounts in its OneDrive mobile apps for some time now. But thanks to a recent update, you can also use the OneDrive sync client in Windows 10 to access both account types too. Here’s how.

Previous to this change, you could use two different sync clients: One for OneDrive (consumer), which comes with Windows 10, and a separate one for OneDrive for Business. But that latter client is being phased out. And now you can access both account types from the same UI.

To find it, right-click OneDrive in the system tray and choose Settings. On the Accounts pane, you will see a new “Add an account” section.


To add your OneDrive for Business account, just click “Add a business account” and then provide your credentials as prompted. As part of the wizard that appears, you can now choose which folders to sync too, just like you can in OneDrive consumer.


Oddly, when you complete the wizard, you get a second icon in the system tray for OneDrive for Business, just as was the case when the clients were separate.


And when you open File Explorer, you will see that each account—the newly renamed OneDrive – Personal and OneDrive – [your account name]—are both available in the navigation pane on the left.


Note: Going forward, you can configure your OneDrive for Business sync settings from the blue tray icon, not the white icon.

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