Windows app

The “Yandex.Disk” app lets you manage your Disk files on your computer and automatically syncs them with Disk over the internet.

Restriction. The “Yandex.Disk” application supports the following operating systems:
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 32-bit (As of version 0.8, Service Pack 1 and Service 2 are no longer supported)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 64-bit (As of version 0.8, Service Pack 1 is no longer supported)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 (classic interface)
  • Windows 10.
  1. Installation and logging in
  2. Select the Disk folder location
  3. Manage files and folders
  4. Share files or folders
  5. Open access to a folder
  6. Auto-upload photos and videos on Disk
  7. There is not enough space for the whole Yandex.Disk folder on my computer What should I do?
  8. How can I put the Yandex.Disk icon in the system tray?
  9. How do I report a problem?

Installation and logging in

Download the program on the disk.yandex.com/download page. You will see instructions on how to run the file once it starts downloading.

The icon will appear in the Windows system tray when the installation is complete.

“Yandex.Disk” will ask you to enter your Yandex username and password. Until you log in, an exclamation mark is displayed in the system tray.

If you did not log in immediately after installation, click the app icon in the tray and the following link: Disk is not set up. Set up Yandex.Disk.

If you still haven't registered on Yandex, click on Register to sign up. Then enter your username and password in the app.

Attention. If you use two-factor authentication, you will need a one-time password, which is generated by the “Yandex.Key” app, to log in to Yandex.Disk.

Select the Disk folder location

The “Yandex.Disk” app automatically creates a folder that syncs with our cloud service. You can customize its location on your computer after the app finishes installing. To do so, click on Set folder location and syncing → Change and select the location you want for the Yandex.Disk folder.

Note. If your computer does not have enough space for the entire Yandex.Disk folder, the app will warn you. You can set up selective synchronization or choose another folder for the Disk files.

If you skipped this stage, you can set up the folder location in a different way:

  1. Open the app menu.
  2. Click .
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Change in the Folder block.

Manage files and folders

All you have to do to upload files to Disk is to copy or move them to your Yandex.Disk folder. For example, you can open the folder in Explorer (click in the app menu) and drag the files you want to it. Your files will then sync automatically. You can open your Disk page to make sure that all the files have been uploaded successfully.

The latest synchronized files and folders can be found in the app menu. You do not need to open the Yandex.Disk folder to use them. You can quickly open a file from the menu, share it, drag it to the window of the program you want to open it in, or delete it.

Any file you delete from the Yandex.Disk folder will be moved to the Trash folder on the server. These files are stored in the Trash for 30 days, after which they are automatically removed from the server. Once removed from the server, these files cannot be restored.

Note. Files in your Trash count towards your storage allowance. Empty your Trash if you're running out of space.

To clear your Trash folder on Disk, open the Yandex.Disk folder, right-click on Trash, then select Yandex.Disk: Empty Trash.

Share files or folders

You can share any file or folder on your computer. If you select a file or folder that hasn't yet been uploaded to Disk, the app will automatically upload it to the Disk server and copy the public link to your clipboard.

Right-click on the file or folder. In the menu that appears, select Yandex.Disk → Copy public link if it is a folder, or Yandex Disk: Copy public link if it is a file.

You can also share a file or folder via the program menu:

  1. Click the Disk icon in the tray (notifications area).
  2. Select a file from the list and click Share:

You can insert the copied link in an email, post it on social networks, and so on.

Note. You can only use this method for sharing the most recently synchronized files.

Open access to a folder

Open the Yandex.Disk folder and right-click on the required folder. Then select Yandex.Disk: Access settings.

The application opens the access rights page in your browser. On this page, you can choose people to grant access to, and set their access rights.

Auto-upload photos and videos on Disk

You can automatically upload all your photos and videos from any storage or mobile device (camera, smartphone, memory card, etc.) and save them in the “Camera uploads” folder or any other folder in Yandex.Disk.

Uploading files

Connect the device to your computer and wait for the upload window to appear:

Click Upload to start uploading photos and videos to Yandex.Disk. Check the Always upload photos and videos from <device name> box to allow the app to automatically upload files.

By default, all the photos and videos detected on your device will be uploaded to the “Photo Uploads” folder. All the files in your folder will be named according to the date and time they were taken. The image viewer lets you easily manage your photos on your computer or on the Yandex.Disk page.

Note. If you have already configured auto-uploads for this device in the Android app, iOS or Mac OS apps, the Windows Yandex.Disk app will simply auto-upload your new photos and videos.

If the device was disconnected from the computer while downloading and the Always download photos and videos from <device name> option was enabled, downloading will resume automatically once the connection is restored. If the option was disabled, a dialog box will appear prompting automatic downloading.

Just click Yes to stop automatically uploading photos and videos from your device. In the dialog box that appears, you can choose to stop only the current upload, or enable the Never upload from this device option. If you use this option, this window will not appear the next time you connect this device to your computer.

Note. Automatic photo and video uploads will even work if you're not connected to the internet when you connect your device to your computer. The files on your device will still be uploaded to the "Camera Uploads" folder on your computer. Your “Camera Uploads” folder will then be synced with the Yandex.Disk servers the next time you connect to the internet.

Disable auto-uploads

Take the following steps to disable auto-uploads for all devices:

  1. Disconnect the devices in question from your computer.
  2. Click the app icon in the Windows notifications area.
  3. Click .
  4. Select Settings from the menu.
  5. Go to the Camera Uploads tab.
  6. Disable the Ask to upload photos and videos automatically option.
  7. Click Forget all devices.
  8. Click OK.

If you no longer want files to auto-upload from a device that you had previously connected to your computer, make sure the Ask to upload photos and videos automatically option is enabled and click the Forget all devices button. The next time you connect the device, a dialog box prompting automatic uploading will appear.

There is not enough space for the whole Yandex.Disk folder on my computer What should I do?

To save space on your computer, you can turn of syncing of some folders. These folders will be removed from your computer but will still be available on the service's page and in other Yandex.Disk applications.

You can also set up selective synchronization the first time you launch the app to avoid downloading all the folders to your computer.

Disabling folder sync

Attention. Folder synchronization cannot be turned off if not all the files in the folder have been synchronized (indicated by the icon).

To turn off folder synchronization, follow these steps:

  1. Click the program icon in the tray.
  2. Click .
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Go to the Selective sync tab.
  5. Uncheck the folder that you don't want to sync.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Delete folders from this computer in the window that appears for the changes to take effect.

You can also use the right-click menu to disable folder synchronization. Open the Yandex.Disk folder and right click on the appropriate folder. In the menu, select Yandex.Disk → Disable syncing:

Upload to a folder with sync disabled

If you turned off folder synchronization, you can upload files to this folder in the Yandex.Disk settings window. Go to the Selective sync tab and drag the files to the name of the desired folder:

How can I put the Yandex.Disk icon in the system tray?

To make Disk easy to find, the “Yandex.Disk” app icon is always displayed in the Windows system tray. If you don't see the icon on your taskbar, you can drag it to a visible section of your tray :

How do I report a problem?

If you are having a problem with the “Yandex.Disk” app, please let us know:

  1. Click the program icon in the tray.
  2. Click .
  3. Choose the following menu item: Help → Report a bug. Please attach logs from the .sync folder and Application Data to your message.

How to get logs from the .sync folder

  1. Click the program icon in the tray.
  2. Click .
  3. Select a topic from the Help menu.
  4. Hold down the Ctrl key and click Report an error to Yandex. A folder containing the ZIP archive you selected opens automatically.
  5. Attach this archive to the feedback form.

How to get logs from the Application Data folder

  1. Open the Finder, copy the address %LOCALAPPDATA%\Yandex\Yandex.Disk and insert it into the address bar.
  2. Click Enter.
  3. Archive the contents of the folder that opens and attach this file to the feedback form.