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 Mac OS X 10.12 (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:
- Download the app from the Microsoft Site https://products.office.com/en-us/onedrive/download
- or from the Apple App Store by clicking on the App Store icon
and searching for “Onedrive”
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
choose OneDrive or Sharepoint using a browser and depending on which files you wish to sync
Syncing OneDrive Files
Syncing SharePoint Files
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
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.
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
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.