To stop syncing with OneDrive, click the app icon in the system tray. Click the gear icon, then choose “Pause Sync” and a time period. You can also quit OneDrive, prevent it from opening at startup, or uninstall it.
Wondering how to disable OneDrive? You can pause OneDrive file sync, quit the app, prevent it from opening at startup, or get rid of the app from your machine forever. We’ll show you how to do all of that on your Windows computer.
How should you disable OneDrive in Windows?
There are several ways to prevent OneDrive from getting in the way of your PC.
The first way is to turn off OneDrive file sync. This is the perfect method if you want to keep the app on your PC but don’t want your future files to sync with it. Later, you can resume file sync and sync all changes to your cloud account.
The second option is to exit the OneDrive app. Doing so removes the app from the system tray and disables file syncing. You may also want to prevent the app from starting automatically at startup, so your files don’t accidentally start syncing.
Lastly, if you no longer plan to use OneDrive, you can uninstall the app and get rid of it entirely. Later, if you need to recover the service, you can reinstall the application on your machine.
How to stop OneDrive from syncing files
To prevent your files from syncing, in your PC’s system tray, click the OneDrive icon (a cloud icon).
You will see a OneDrive panel. Here in the top right corner, click on the gear icon.
In the opened menu, select “Pause synchronization”. Then, choose the time period for which you want to disable file sync. Your options are 2, 8, and 24 hours.
Once you’ve made a selection, OneDrive will pause syncing your file. Synchronization will resume when the specified period of time has elapsed.
And this is how you can get OneDrive to temporarily stop uploading your files to the cloud.
How to sign out of OneDrive
To exit the OneDrive app, click the app icon in the system tray and select the gear icon in the upper right corner.
Then, in the opened menu, select “Quit OneDrive”.
You’ll get a message asking if you really want to sign out of OneDrive. Select “Close OneDrive.”
And everything is ready. OneDrive will no longer sync your files or bother you with notifications.
How to prevent OneDrive from opening at startup
To prevent further file syncing and stop receiving notifications, you can also prevent OneDrive from starting automatically at startup.
Start by locating the OneDrive icon in the system tray and clicking on it. Then, in the top right corner of the OneDrive panel, click the gear icon and choose “Settings.”
At the top of the “Microsoft OneDrive” window, select the “Settings” tab. Then turn off the “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” option.
Save your changes by clicking “OK” at the bottom of the window.
That is all.
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How to uninstall OneDrive
OneDrive can be disabled forever by uninstalling the app. This will remove all OneDrive functionality from your PC.
To do that, close OneDrive on your machine. Do this by selecting the OneDrive icon in the system tray, clicking the three dots in the upper right corner, and choosing “Quit OneDrive.”
Select “Close OneDrive” on the prompt.
Open the Windows Settings app by pressing Windows+i. Then choose “Applications”.
Note: The following steps have been taken on a Windows 10 PC. Uninstalling apps on Windows 11 is just as easy.
On the “Apps and features” page, locate and select “Microsoft OneDrive.” Then click “Uninstall”.
Choose “Uninstall” on the prompt.
OneDrive is now removed from your Windows PC and your new cloud storage app can take over.