How to use Groove Music to stream music from OneDrive in 2019

Microsft has removed Groove’s OneDrive streaming option, but you can still make use of it. How? Glad you asked.

Microsoft added a new feature to OneDrive a few years ago known as OneDrive Files on Demand. This feature lets you see all the files you have on OneDrive on your PC at any time. Crucially, it doesn’t download them until you actually have a need for them.

For the average connected user who’d actually want to stream music, you wouldn’t notice a difference. Granted you’ll need to sign into OneDrive on your Windows 10 PC first and let File Explorer index your music folder. Once that’s done, just follow the steps below and you won’t even notice Microsoft killed OneDrive streaming.

How to use Groove Music to play songs from OneDrive

  1. Launch the Groove Music app and navigate to the settings app.
  2. Under Settings, look for the “Music on this PC” header. You should see a ‘Choose where we look for music option. Click on that.
  3. A small window should open allowing you to add folders to Groove via File Explorer. Add OneDrive’s Music folder to Groove Music from there. Once that’s done, Groove Music will search OneDrive when looking for music files. if you have music stored in Google Drive and/or iCloud drive synced to your PC, this method works with them as well. Granted it’s not as effortless as before, but its better than nothing.

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