Backing Up OneDrive for Business Data

You can perform incremental backup operations and synthetic full backup operations for Microsoft OneDrive for Business.


  • While browsing, OneNote files (.one, .onepkg, .onetoc) created and synced from the OneNote for Business website is backed up only in the OneNote folder.
  • Locally created OneNote files that were copied to OneDrive manually cannot be backed up. This is due to an API limitation.
  • OneNote files that are not stored cannot be backed up.
  • You cannot perform backup operations for a China tenant.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > Applications > Office 365.

    The Office 365 apps page appears.

  2. Click the OneDrive for Business app.

    The app page appears.

  3. On the User groups tab, select the user group that you want to back up, and then click Backup.

    The Select backup level dialog box appears.

  4. Under Backup level, select the type of backup that you want to perform, either Incremental or Synthetic full.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Optional: To view detailed information about the backup job, in the Monitoring section, click Jobs, and then click the job.

Last modified: 5/4/2020 1:15:38 PM