Use two OneDrive accounts on one computer [EASIEST METHOD]

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Adding multiple OneDrive accounts on a single Windows 10 PC seems to be your wish today.
  • Even if the OneDrive folder can’t actually manage multiple accounts, you’ll see some handy tips below.
  • If you’re interested in finding similar solutions, take a closer look at our File Sync section.
  • Discover all about Microsoft's storage service for hosting files by visiting our OneDrive Hub.
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Microsoft’s OneDrive is one of the most popular cloud storage services out there, with millions of users worldwide.

However, OneDrive has its downsides, which makes a lot of people complain about Microsoft’s policies for its service.

One of the most requested features for OneDrive is the ability to use multiple accounts in the same folder.

Many users have two or more OneDrive accounts and having everything in one place would definitely save them a lot of time.

This also applies to users who want to have more OneDrive space, since Microsoft recently cut it down to 5GB per account.

Despite the high amount of requests, the OneDrive folder is still not capable of managing multiple accounts, and according to Microsoft, it probably never will be.

But don’t panic, there’s actually a way to use multiple OneDrive accounts in one folder, so you can have content from everywhere in one place. Here’s what you need to do.

How can I set up multiple OneDrive accounts?

1. Use multiple OneDrive accounts in one folder

  1. First, log in to your secondary OneDrive account on the website.
  2. Create a new folder, we’ll call it Shared.
  3. Move all content from your OneDrive account to the new folder you just created.
  4. Select that folder, and go to the Share option.
  5. Select Email, and send the folder to your primary Microsoft Account. send the folder to your primary Microsoft Account
  6. You shared the folder with yourself, so you need to log in to your primary Microsoft Account, and accept the shared folder from your email client.
  7. Once you accept the shared folder, it will appear in the OneDrive folder on your computer, as well as in the web version, and you’ll be able to access all content from your secondary OneDrive account from one place.multiple onedrive accounts windows4

To be able to use multiple OneDrive accounts on one computer you don’t need any hacks or tricks. All you need to do is to take advantage of OneDrive’s capabilities.

Sometimes, some connection issues can ruin your experience. Furthermore, you won’t even be able to set up multiple accounts.

If you experience this, we’ve written extensively about OneDrive connection problems and how to easily solve them.

Set up multiple accounts by using the steps above. In case you want to sync more than two accounts, just repeat the steps from above for each account individually.

If you experience issues like two copies of the same file, you can follow the steps in this quick tutorial to solve them.

In the particular case that your OneDrive folder can’t be found, you may want to take a look at this guide that will help you get it back again.


Having sync issues with OneDrive on Windows 10? Solve them once and for all with this complete guide!


2. Use a different cloud storage

How to use two different accounts on the same computer with Sync

  1. Log in with your first Windows account user as an Administrator.
  2. Download and install Sync.
  3. Check that you see the Sync app on the Start menu.
  4. Switch Windows accounts now: log in with your second Windows account.
  5. Install Sync on the second Windows user account.
  6. Double-check that you see the Sync app in the second user’s Start menu.

Developers confirmed that it is possible to use two different Sync accounts on the same computer as long as each account is on a different user on your computer.

Switching user accounts on your computer will allow you to access each Sync account. Thus you will need to use unique user logins on the same computer.

This method will allow you to easily switch back and forth between the two accounts. Even more, Sync is safe and 100% secure, protecting your privacy with end-to-end encryption.

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FAQ: Learn more about OneDrive accounts

  • How many OneDrive accounts can you have?

You can easily enjoy content from two personal OneDrive accounts on the same PC. However, access issues do appear from time to time. Use this quick guide to easily fix them.

  • How do I set up two OneDrive accounts?

Don’t hesitate to use this detailed guide to share content from another OneDrive account to yourself and access everything from a single folder.

  • How do I share OneDrive with family?

If you want to share OneDrive with family, one tip we’re eager to tell you about involves simply inviting your loved ones by email.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

 

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2016 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
  • might as well create a new PC user account for each onedrive account, and set each to a specific folder.
    as its service synchs files, you don’t need to be logged in.
    on your main pc account you just place files in the appropriate folder you need to go into the corresponding onedrive.

  • But I have two Office365 accounts (one personal & one business) each with 1TB of storage. If I do what you suggest my 2TB of available storage suddenly goes down to 1TB. It seems I should be able to have two one drive folders on my computer and two in the cloud, each accessible separately through login with the appropriate account.

  • this is not how I understand “manage multiple”. This is more “how can I share a folder with multiple accounts”. I do however support the work/private approach. You could even extend that idea with your shared folder

  • I “shared” one file to my secondary Onedrive account (from Mac), and it’s become the default save spot. I want to switch this to my primary account, but can’t figure out how. Any tips?

  • Same for me to Jasmine – I will be testing 2x onedrive for business accounts soon, using the above method…would be interesting if someone has tried this with 2x personal onedrive accounts? 😉

  • Hi,

    The folder I wanted to share with my self is my work account, I believe using one-drive for business. I can access the work shared folder through the email sent to my personal account, but I don’t see it in the available folders on my one-drive file structure. Any tips?

  • Hello!
    I’ve known about this feature for a while, but the thing is that you’ll still have the same amount of storage space. When you accept a shared folder, it’ll use up both of the accounts’ storage quotas. So basically, you can NOT have two separate 5 GB Free accounts and merge them into a 10 GB account. Also, you can NOT use your Office 365 Home subscription to gain the extra 4TB quota that should be used for other people, to your personal account.

  • Hi, thank you for your helpful post. I’ve got this issue though. Now, my secondary OneDrive account is an official one, where my colleagues will share folders and documents with me. Since my secondary account is based on a folder (“Shared” according to your description), this sharing will not work correctly. What’s the solution for this please?