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How to get Insider previews of OneDrive on Windows 10

Alongside the ability to join the Windows Insider Program to test pre-releases of Windows 10, Microsoft also offers programs to allow users to get early access to development versions of many of its apps and services, including for OneDrive.

Using the OneDrive preview channel you can access upcoming features and improvements of the sync client as well as new cloud technologies before they're available to everyone. If your device is already part of the Windows Insider Program, OneDrive is already receiving pre-release updates. However, if you're running the stable version of Windows 10 (such as the May 2019 Update), you must update the settings manually to receive previews of OneDrive.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get early access to upcoming features and improvements of OneDrive on devices that are not part of the Windows Insider Program. (Also, we'll outline the steps to stop getting previews and revert to the stable version of the client).

How to opt-in OneDrive Insider preview program updates

To join the preview program of OneDrive on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open the OneDrive cloud icon.
  2. Click the More option.
  3. Click the Settings option.

  1. Click the About tab.
  2. Under the "About Microsoft OneDrive" section, check the Get OneDrive Insider preview updates before release option.

  1. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the next time that OneDrive checks for updates, the latest preview version of the client will download and install automatically. (Restarting the computer may also trigger the client update to the latest pre-release version.)

How to opt-out OneDrive Insider preview program updates

To go back to the stable version of OneDrive, use these steps:

  1. Open the OneDrive cloud icon.
  2. Click the More option.
  3. Click the Settings option.

  1. Click the About tab.
  2. Under the "About Microsoft OneDrive" section, clear the Get OneDrive Insider preview updates before release option.

  1. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, OneDrive will gracefully opt-out of the program and eventually return to the stable version.

Uninstalling and uninstalling OneDrive

If you want to return to the stable version of OneDrive immediately, you'll need to uninstall the current version and install the stable version of the client manually.

Uninstall OneDrive

To uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the Microsoft OneDrive app.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

  1. Click the Uninstall button again.

Once you complete the steps, you can download and install the stable version of the sync client on your device.

Install OneDrive

To install the stable version of OneDrive, use these steps:

  1. Open this Microsoft support website (opens in new tab).
  2. In the "Windows" tab, click the Download OneDrive for Windows to save the installer.

  1. Double-click the OneDriveSetup.exe file to install OneDrive on Windows 10.

After you complete the steps, you'll need to login into OneDrive again to access your files.

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4 Comments
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