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How to Fetch Files on OneDrive From a Remote PC


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With OneDrive’s “fetch” feature, you can remotely grab any file on your computer even if it’s not stored in the OneDrive folder. This feature is useful if you have forgotten to save a file to your OneDrive folder or have important files stored elsewhere on your computer — or even on external or mapped drives. The Pc you want to access will have to be turned on, connected to the Internet, and also have OneDrive running for this to work, but otherwise fetching files on another computer is as easy as opening up your web browser. However, this feature is turned off by default. Here’s how you can enable fetching on OneDrive and use it.

Set Up Fetch in OneDrive

STEP 1: Right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar, then select Settings.

STEP 2: Under the Settings tab, check the box next to Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC.

STEP 3: Click OK.

STEP 4: Right-click on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar, then select Exit to restart OneDrive.

STEP 5: Search for OneDrive in the Start menu, then click it to open its folder and start the service.

How to Fetch Files with OneDrive

STEP 1: Log in from the computer that needs to access the remote file.

STEP 2: Click the settings (hamburger) icon at the upper-left corner of the screen, then click on PCs.

STEP 3: Under PCs, select the computer you want to access.

NOTE: The computers listed are ones associated with your OneDrive account.

STEP 4: Follow the steps to sign in with a security code if this is the first time connecting to that computer from this PC.

NOTE: Depending on your Microsoft account settings, you can get a security code by text message or email to verify your identity.

STEP 5: Browse through and access all the files on the connected PC, including those not in your OneDrive.


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