Configuring OneDrive

Configuring OneDrive on your Computer

Step 1: Download the appropriate install for Windows or Mac from

Step 2: Install the program and set up a local OneDrive folder on your computer. You will be required to sign in to OneDrive with your Microsoft account. For Northeastern students, use the username [myNortheastern username] and your myNortheastern password. Then select a location on your computer for saving the files. Click on “Next” and select the files you want to sync with your OneDrive account. Selected files will be saved to your computer after syncing.

Step 3: Now you can go to the OneDrive website at to sign in to OneDrive. To back up files on your computer, click on “Files” and select the specific folder you wish to back up. Click on “Upload” > “Files” or “Folder” to select the files from computer. After that, choose “Open” to start uploading the files.

Step 4: Within seconds, all files selected will be uploaded to OneDrive. Now launch the OneDrive program on your computer. You will see all uploaded files have been saved on your local OneDrive folder on PC automatically.

Configuring OneDrive for Android, WinPhone and iOS Devices

Step 1: Download, install, and launch the OneDrive app on your device.

Step 2: Sign in to OneDrive with your email address and password. For Northeastern students, this is [myNortheastern username] myNortheastern password.

Step 3: Once signed in, the application will automatically sync the latest files backed up to OneDrive.

Step 4: On the Files interface, select the folder you wish to back up files to, and then click on the button on the upper right corner. You will see the pop-up appear on the interface. Go to “Add Items”, and then select from these three options: Create a Folder, Take a Photo or Video, Choose Existing.

Step 5: Click on “OK” to allow OneDrive to access your photos. Now select any photos you want to back up to OneDrive by clicking on them one by one. Go to “Upload” to save the files online.

Step 6: When the uploading is done, you can go to to view the photos you’ve backed up from your device.

OneDrive without Internet Connection

Because the files saved to OneDrive are available online at and offline on your computers or mobile devices, that means you are able to use them anytime even when you’re not connected to the Internet. While offline, you can create or drag files to the OneDrive folders on your computer or mobile device app, and the moment you connect to the Internet again, OneDrive will update the files and changes you made offline to the online versions.

OneDrive Symbols

It’s important to know about the icons which show you the sync status of your offline folders and files.

synced In sync with online version.

syncing Currently syncing.

notsynced The version on your PC is out of sync.

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