There are many ways to access a remote computer, of which the two most popular are Google Remote Desktop and TeamViewer. However, if you only need access to files and folders, don’t miss out on OneDrive.
OneDrive has a feature for accessing remote files called Fetch. This feature was introduced in Windows 7, removed in Windows 8, and then reappeared in Windows 10. So what is Fetch? How does it work? Please follow the article below!
Before going into details, you should note: You can only access remote files when the OneDrive app is running on a computer and connected to the Internet.
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OneDrive Fetch Files feature
OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share files you have saved online.
The OneDrive Fetch Files feature allows you to access all the files on your PC from another computer, by visiting the OneDrive website.
You can even access network locations if they’re included in your PC’s library or mapped as drives. When browsing files on a remote PC, you can download a copy of them to work. You can also stream videos and view photos in a slideshow.
To access files on a PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. OneDrive also needs to be running on that PC and the Fetch files setting must be enabled.
This guide will show you how to enable or disable the OneDrive Fetch Files feature on your Windows 10 PC from any other PC.
- You will need to sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account to be able to use the OneDrive Fetch Files feature.
- When you visit the OneDrive website on another PC to remotely fetch files on your PC, you’ll need to sign in to the OneDrive website with the same Microsoft account you used to sign in to the PC you want to fetch files from. .
- When connecting to your PC to fetch its files from the OneDrive website, you might be asked to enter a verification code, if the PC you’re using hasn’t been added as a trusted device in your Microsoft account.
Note: After July 31, 2020, you will no longer be able to fetch files from your PC. However, you can sync files and folders with OneDrive and then access those files from your web browser or phone. To automatically sync Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders on your PC, you can enable PC OneDrive folder backup.
How to set up remote file access with OneDrive
- Find the OneDrive icon on the taskbar.
- Click the 3-dot menu.
- Select Settings.
Note : If OneDrive is not currently running and shows this icon, run:
- Check the box next to the content Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC in the General section .
- Then, click OK.
- Restart the OneDrive app.
- Go to onedrive.live.com and sign in.
- In the left panel, click on PCs and choose your computer’s name.
- Finally, enter your security code and you’re done.
You can now see the structure of your computer’s files and folders through the OneDrive web app.
You can use the web app to download content to the device you’re working on, and upload files from the remote PC to the OneDrive web app. Your original files will be locked (read-only) – so make copies of those files if you want to edit them.