How To Keep Onedrive Files Online Only

OneDrive offers a cloud storage solution enabling you to keep your documents on the web and retrieve them from any location. Nonetheless, should your internet bandwidth be restricted or if you’re looking to conserve device storage, opting to maintain your OneDrive documents solely online might be preferable. This article will guide you through the steps to achieve this.

Step 1: Open OneDrive

To start, open the OneDrive app or go to the OneDrive website on your device. If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up for free with a Microsoft account.

Step 2: Select Files to Keep Online Only

Once you are logged in, select the files or folders that you want to keep online only. You can do this by right-clicking on the file or folder and selecting “Free up space” or “Make available offline”.

Step 3: Confirm Changes

After selecting the files or folders, a pop-up window will appear. In this window, you can choose to keep the file online only or make it available offline. Select “Keep online only” and click “Apply”.

Step 4: Check Your Settings

To ensure that your files are kept online only, go to the OneDrive settings and select “Files on-demand”. This will allow you to see which files are available offline and which ones are online only.


By following these steps, you can keep your OneDrive files online only and save space on your device. Remember to regularly check your settings to ensure that your files are being stored correctly.