*You can enjoy 1-way sync if your setup meets the following preconditions:

1-way sync involves two main parts: the source (where the file originated) and the target (destination). Here’s your guide on getting started:

Sync Cloud to Local: Top-Level folders

You can 1-way sync top-level folders from the cloud to your Base Folder.

  1. Hover over the folder

  2. Click the 1-way sync button

Sync Cloud to Local: Select multiple folders

You can also 1-way sync multiple top-level folders via the Cloud Selective Sync dropdown.

  1. Click on the Cloud Selective Sync button

  2. Choose 1-way sync

  3. Check the folders you want to sync

Complete Cloud to Local 1-way synced folders will show a gray folder with a down arrow like below:

Sync Local to Cloud

Folders on your machine can also be 1-way synced to the cloud via Local Selective Sync.

  1. Click on the Local Selective Sync button

  2. Choose 1-way sync

  3. Select the folder you want to sync

Complete Local to Cloud 1-way synced folders will show a blue folder with an up arrow like below:

1-way sync limitations

  • Only top-level folders can be 1-way synced. This does not include top-level files.

  • If a top-level folder has been 1-way synced, it cannot be changed to a 2-way sync directly. Users will need to unsync and re-sync as 2-way. This also applies to the opposite: a 2-way synced folder cannot be directly changed to 1-way sync; users will need to unsync 2-way first, then re-sync as 1-way.

  • A top-level folder synced 1-way cannot have subfolders synced as 2-way (and vice versa).

1-way sync behavior

Your source folder will always be mirrored by your target folder, but not the other way round.

Whatever you do in the source will be reflected in the target. Whatever you do in the target will be ignored by the source.

For example:

  1. Edit. Editing a file/folder in your source folder will be synced to the target. If you do the same changes in your target folder, the source will not pick up the changes.

  2. Move. Moving a file from a source folder to another source folder will be synced as moved. Moving a file from target A to target B will not be synced to target B’s source.

  3. Delete. Deleting a file from your source will be applied to the target. Deleting any file in your target will be ignored and redownloaded from source to target immediately.

Unsyncing your 1-way synced folders

This action follows the behaviour of 2-way sync.

  • Unsync from Cloud to Local: Your files will be deleted from your local but kept in the cloud

  • Unsync from Local to Cloud: Your files will stay both local and cloud.

You want to sync 2-way instead? Check out this guide to get started.

If you have any other questions or use cases we missed, send us an email at support@insynchq.com :)

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