How to Enable OneDrive Files on Demand Feature in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has started rolling out for Windows 10 users, in a phased manner, and one of the most important features for this is the “Files on Demand” feature for OneDrive. This feature shows you all files available which are stored online, but they are just markers. You need to download the files manually by selecting them. The idea here is to save space on your drive, but still, let you see all the files without going online.

It seems that this feature hasn’t got enabled automatically for many users on Fall Creators Update, but all you need is to enable one of the settings in OneDrive. Follow the steps to enable this:

  • Look for OneDrive icon in your System Tray.
  • Right-click and open settings.
  • Right on the first tab, look for the checkbox which says “Save Space and download files”
  • Check and save.


In case you don’t see this option, you can download the Onedrive Sync Client from here, and update it manually. Once done this option will automatically show up in the OneDrive settings.


OneDrive Files On0Demand is one of the most important features which not only lets you save files, but also mark files which will be always available, see important information about files such as whether they are shared, and also see thumbnails of over 270 different file types even if you don’t have native application installed for them.