OneDrive for Business macOS Client Setup


UA OneDrive for Business is the University of Alaska's branding of the Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive for Business, an online service that provides resources for file storage, collaboration, and communication with other UA individuals. The OneDrive for Business service, aimed at enterprise users, is not the same as the OneDrive service offered by Microsoft to individuals. For information on the differences, visit Microsoft's What Is OneDrive for Business page and read the section titled How is OneDrive for Business different from OneDrive.

OneDrive for Business is a personal document and file storage hub. It's easy to upload, download, and share files. You can also create, view, and edit documents online using the integrated Office Online applications, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For those times you need the complete set of Office features, you can open your files in the full version of the applications and save them to your hard drive or back to the cloud.

Because OneDrive for Business is associated with your relationship to the University of Alaska, everything stored in it will be inaccessible should you leave the university. For this reason, it's best to use it to store materials that are your own personal university related (e.g. homework, business) use, like OneNote notebooks. For storing materials that are important for departments, schools, colleges, or other groups at the university indefinitely, you should be aware that there are several options available more suitable for collaboration such as network file shares, Google Team Drives,  Microsoft Teams, and a SharePoint Online site. All of them offer various features and benefits.

For additional information read about UA OneDrive for Business.


As of September 10, 2021 Microsoft will no longer update or support the OneDrive sync client on macOS Sierra (10.12), and macOS High Sierra (10.13). Both macOS Sierra, and High Sierra has been out of Apple's mainline support since September 2019, and November 2020 respectively.
  • Existing OneDrive sync client installations on unsupported operating systems will stop updating. These clients will continue to run, but their functionality will no longer be tested. It is not advised to continue to run on unsupported operating systems.
  • New installations on unsupported operating systems will be blocked.
  • Bugs and issues found on or specific to unsupported operating systems will no longer be investigated or fixed.
Microsoft officially supports only the three most recent versions of macOS. When a major version of macOS is released, Microsoft will support the new version and the previous two versions.


What materials do I need?

  • macOS compatible device
  • Supported macOS (i.e. macOS 11.x, 10.15.x, 10.14.x)
  • Active University of Alaska account


How do I use this technology?

  1. Download the Microsoft OneDrive for Mac client.
  2. Start OneDrive Setup.
  3. Enter your University of Alaska email address (e.g., and then click Sign in to setup your account.


Need additional help or have issues

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