How To Macs How to Set Up Microsoft OneDrive for Mac Use OneDrive to store up to 5GB in the cloud for free Share Pin Email Print Coyote Moon, Inc. Macs Tips & Tricks Basics Guides & Tutorials Installing & Upgrading Key Concepts by Tom Nelson Tom Nelson has written hundreds of articles, tutorials, and reviews for Other World Computing and About.com. He is the president of Coyote Moon, Inc. Updated October 11, 2018 Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud-based storage and syncing solution that works on only Mac, PC, or mobile device with access to the internet. After you install OneDrive on your Mac, it appears to be just another folder. Drop a file or folder of any type into the OneDrive folder, and the data is immediately stored on the OneDrive cloud storage system. OneDrive is included with Office 365 subscriptions. You can also access your OneDrive content using a supported web browser Browser-based access allows you to make use of the cloud-based storage on any computing platform you find yourself using without having to install the OneDrive app. About OneDrive for the Mac OneDrive from Microsoft may seem like an odd choice for a Mac user to use to store data in the cloud, but there's no reason not to use it. OneDrive plans are reasonably priced and include a free 5GB. OneDrive can be used along with other cloud-based storage services, including Apple’s own iCloud service, Dropbox, and Google Drive. There's nothing to stop you from using all four and taking advantage of the free storage tiers offered by each service. OneDrive Plans OneDrive currently offers several tiers of service, including plans that are paired with Office 365. Plan Storage Price/Month OneDrive Free 5GB total storage Free OneDrive Basic 50GB total storage $1.99 OneDrive + Office 365 Personal 1TB for 1 user $6.99 OneDrive + Office 365 Home 1TB each for 5 users $9.99 How to Set Up OneDrive Free on a Mac For OneDrive to work, you need two basic items: a Microsoft account and the OneDrive for Mac application. Both are free. If you don't already have a Microsoft ID, go to the Microsoft ID signup screen and select No account? Create one! Supply the requested information and create a password. Before you know it, you'll have a new Microsoft ID. Go to the OneDrive website.Click the Sign In button and enter your ID.Your browser will display the default OneDrive folder configuration. Go to the bottom of the sidebar and click or press Get the OneDrive Apps link.Click the Download button to download OneDrive for Mac.Open your Mac's downloads folder and double-click the OneDrive.pkg file. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the OneDrive application on your Mac. Using OneDrive OneDrive acts much like any other folder on your Mac. The only difference is that the data within it is also stored on remote OneDrive servers. In the OneDrive folder, you will find three default folders labeled Documents, Pictures, and Public. You can add as many folders as you wish, and create any system of organization that suits you. Adding files is as simple as copying or dragging them to the OneDrive folder or appropriate subfolder. After you put files in the OneDrive folder, you can access them from any Mac, PC, or mobile device that has OneDrive installed. You can also access the OneDrive folder from any computer or mobile device using the web interface. The OneDrive app runs as a menu bar item that includes sync status for files kept in the OneDrive folder. There is also a set of preferences you can adjust by selecting the OneDrive menu bar item and clicking on the gear button. You're set up and have 5GB of free space to use. Continue Reading Setup and Price Guide to Google Drive for the Mac Keep 'em Safe with Parental Controls (OS X Lion through OS X Yosemite) Can Microsoft's OneDrive be Used as a Music Locker? How to Back up Your IOS Device With iCloud Install and Use Dropbox Cloud-Based Storage on Your Mac Forgot Your Password? How to Reset Your Mac's Administrator Password Access Your Data From Virtually Any Device With Microsoft One Drive Cloud Storage Have a Mac Application That's Not Starting? Here's How to Fix It Secure Your Mac by Using a Firmware Password Share your Mac's files with other Macs and Windows Computers Get Your Mac and iCloud Working Together How to Set up Alexa How to Set up a Reliable Backup System for Your Mac What To Do If Your Mac Stalls on the Gray Screen at Startup Use Multiple Network Locations with Your Mac What Does a Flashing Question Mark Mean When I Start Up My Mac?