Microsoft recently launched OneDrive Files On-Demand feature for Windows 10 and here in this article, you will read everything you need to know about this new feature.
Windows 10 is one the best Windows operating system from Microsoft. To make this operating system iconic, the company is doing whatever they can do. Recently, the company has released a new feature named as OneDrive Files On-Demand for Windows 10. At the moment, this new feature is available for users who have enrolled to receive latest Windows 10 Insider builds. The similar feature was also introduced by the Microsoft for Windows 8.1 a few years ago with name OneDrive placeholders feature.
There are lots of users who still want to know about OneDrive Files On-Demand feature for Windows 10. By keeping this thing in mind. I decided to write a detailed post in which you will read everything you need to know about this new feature of Windows 10.
What Is OneDrive Files On-Demand for Windows 10?
It is an online document storage solution created by Microsoft using which users can access all your data in the form of files and folders available in your OneDrive account without downloading into your Windows 10 PC.
This is a useful feature for Windows 10 users who have GB’s of data lying in OneDrive account and they don’t want to download those files to avoid filling up the space of hard disk. In short, you can access your OneDrive files right from Windows 10 File Explorer without downloading them.
The same feature was available for Windows 8.1 with the name of OneDrive Placeholder, but the company removed this feature of OneDrive in Windows 10 RTM. Now Microsoft has decided to launch this feature again but with different name i.e. On-Demand Sync.
Who can use this feature?
Currently, OneDrive Files On-Demand feature is only available for the users who have enrolled for Microsoft Insider Program. This new feature of OneDrive is now available for Windows 10 users who have opted to receive Windows 10 Insider builds in the fast ring. Soon, the OneDrive client will be updated automatically for the users who have installed Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Build 16215.
How to Get OneDrive Files On-Demand Right now?
In case, you have already installed Windows 10 Build 16215 and want to get the updated app with this new feature right now, then check out following direct links to the updated OneDrive app.
Simply click on any of the link shared above and download the updated OneDrive app.
You will get the OneDrive app setup. Run the file and install it on your Windows 10 PC. When security warning dialog box appears, click on Run button.
Once the application is installed. Simply Turn on this feature and you’re done.
To access file and folder using OneDrive Files On-Demand feature. You need to launch the File Explorer and on the left pane click on One Drive icon.
After enabling Files On-Demand feature of OneDrive, the File Explorer will show you following icons for the files in the OneDrive cloud folder
The Files not stored in on your Windows 10 PC
These are online-only files which you have not downloaded on your Windows 10 PC. These files are visible on your PC, but not consuming hard disk space
When you click on above online-only files, the system will download these files and make them available locally. What that mean is that you can access these files even if you don’t have active internet connection. The overlay icon for these files will look like shown below. Keep in mind these files will consume your hard drive space too.
What do you think of this new feature of OneDrive? Are you happy to see OneDrive placeholders feature again in Windows 10 with a different name? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.