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OneDrive for Business | Local Sync of ‘Shared with me’ files

OneDrive for Business, Microsoft

if you have installed Version 17.3.6674.1021 or higher of the Next Generation Sync Client , first look for the blog post below,

OneDrive for Business | Next Generation Sync Client (all Versions)
Office 365 | OneDrive for Business, Team Sites and Groups – Overview
OneDrive for Business | new Version 17.3.6743.1212
Naming Convention in Explorer with the Next Generation Sync Client

then you are able to sync “Shared with me” to your local device. Here some pictures, which describe, how to do that.

So the pictures are from a German language tenant

Shared With Me 1. Navigate to your OneDrive (for Business) in Office 365

Dateien = Files
Mit mir geteit = Shared with Me

2. Click on “Shared with Me”
in this example the User Julian Versuch has shared in his OneDrive (for Business) the folderIgnite Demo JV” with me

Files and Folders  "Shared with Me"

4. Click on Sync  (Synchronisieren) *

Sync to local device

You should do initiate the first Synchronization exact, as Microsoft has described here.
If you open your Windows Explorer after the Synch, it looks like:


Windows Explorer: Shared withn me local sync

You see a new Icon (like SharePoint) and the icon-name is only the Tenant Name (without OneDrive)

In the picture you see some folders:

  • team sites (Finance, Marketing I)
  • groups (Group marketing)
  • and Shared with me Folders (Julian Versuch)

*) I have published this article first in German language end of November.  People ask me, They do not see the Sync-Button. And Yes it could be happen: Reason?

If a user shares only a file with you, there is no possibility to sync this file. The User have to create a folder and have to copy or move the file into it. Then the user may share the folder with you. And then you are able to sync the folder.

Asking the Microsoft product group about ‘Syncing a shared with Me File only’… “This feature is not on our deployment timeline, we won’t  have it in the near future”

new functions and features

Did you know, there is a channel where You are put your wishes for OneDrive and OneDrive for Businss, called UserVoice Kanal von OneDrive  and you see, there is feedback from Microsoft.

UserVoice Channel OneDrive


I have voted with UserVoice for a better documentation for the Next Generation Snyc Client. If you like this idea, you may vote too.

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