There is no such thing as a “SharePoint-App“. SharePoint is basically the Business version of OneDrive but your computer (Windows or Mac) uses the “OneDrive-App” as the program that syncs files between your computer and the Microsoft Cloud.

Your mac should also be using (Sierra) or later.

So if not already installed, start by downloading and installing the “OneDrive App

Firstly open the Onedrive App on the Mac (if already installed) or install it by either of the following methods:

  1. Download the app from the Microsoft Site
  2. or from the Apple App Store by clicking on the App Store icon

Onedrive App in MacOS


and searching for “Onedrive

Search for OneDrive in MacOS

Onedrive App in App Store MacOS

Get Onedrive for Mac


A comprehensive guide is also available from Microsoft at the following address

Once Onedrive is installed, you can then login to your companies Sharepoint or your personal Onedrive account and “sync” your files to your Mac using the OneDrive App

How to Sync SharePoint Files to a Mac

Login to your Microsoft Account using a web browser, there are a number of ways such as:

or directly to the company Sharepoint site such as

And open OneDrive or SharePoint in your web browser

accessing onedrive or sharepoint files

choose OneDrive or Sharepoint using a browser and depending on which files you wish to sync

Syncing OneDrive Files

How to sync onedrive files

Syncing SharePoint Files

SharePoint App in Microsoft Office Browser

Once in OneDrive or Sharepoint click on the “sync” icon

This should force the “OneDrive” app to open on your Mac (SharePoint uses the OneDrive App)

Select the files or folders you wish to sync.

On the top taskbar of your Mac, you should see the Onedrive icon start to become animated as the the files start to sync, depending on the number of files, these may take some time to download


To access the files that have been synced, right click the “Onedrive” icon, and select the Onedrive or Sharepoint folder you wish to access

MacOS Onedrive for Mac choices

Other available options here can be found under “Preferences

You can choose to have a “local” copy of OneDrive or Sharepoint files on your computer or choose to leave them in the-cloud and open them “on-demand” if you are running the latest Mac OS (Mac OS 10.14 or newer). This feature is not available on older Mac OS versions.

OneDrive for Mac Preferences

You are not restricted to only having data from OneDrive or SharePoint. You can have both and/or multiple accounts for different users (see below) to add a new account click on the “Add an Account” button

OneDrive for Mac Preferences - Accounts

The “Office” tab, allows All Office Applications to sync files and you can choose to automatically “merge” conflicts or keep copies of both files and manually work out the changes. Be careful choosing “Always keep both copies” in a situation where there are multiple team members modifying files simultaneously, as you could find yourself with multiple copies of every file.

OneDrive for Mac Preferences - Office