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How to Stop Google Drive Sync?

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Dec. 9 2019 | 4 mins read

Author Delores

Delores

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Summary:


You will find 7 free ways about how to stop google drive sync problem on PC or Mac and one Google Drive sync alternative if your Google Drive cannot work anymore. Select the one that suits your situation to turn off Google Drive sync.


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Google Drive Never Stop Syncing

A lot of users complain about that Google Drive app never stops syncing either stuck on "Backing up 1 of XXX" or take days to only backup few items. Under such situations, some of them seek for solutions in online forums, some of them just leave as it is to hope it will finally finish itself, while some of them just want to stop Google Drive sync at once.

I can't say which one is right and which is wrong because each one has his or her own choice to treat the problem. To leave it alone is also permitted but what if it seems will never complete even after days of working? If so, I am afraid that you would better to cancel it even for trying once again. Yet, sometimes, a direct solution is based on turning off the working process and doing some fixes.

Still, there are many other errors and unexpected problems which need to stop Google Drive from uploading. Or, you just made a mistake and want to reset the settings. So there comes a problem: How to stop Google Drive from syncing? In the following parts, we will offer you 7 methods to resolve this problem.

How to Stop Google Drive Automatic Sync?

7 free and safe ways to disable Google Drive sync will be presented in the following parts.

Solution 1. Stop Google Drive Upload When an Error Exists

If a problem occurs, it will usually give a related error message to explain why this error occurs and give some suggestions. At this moment, an option to cancel Google Drive sync should be given. Then, you can just click this button to cease Google Drive service.

Solution 2. Quit Backup and Sync

Backup and Sync is the very latest Google Drive app to replace former Desktop Uploader or Google Photos Backup which can backup local items including photos/videos and other files to Google Drive.

If you want to stop Google Drive sync task, you can just close Backup and Sync app. Click on its icon on taskbar/system tray on bottom right. Then, a window will pop up.


Google Backup and Sync Taskbar
Google Backup and Sync Taskbar

Click on the three dots on the top right of the pop-up window and then select "Quit Backup and Sync".


Quit Backup and Sync
Quit Backup and Sync

Therefore, Backup and Sync will be closed and Google Drive sync will be stopped.

Solution 3. Pause to Suspend Google Drive Backup

If you just want to halt Google Drive sync temporarily, you can choose to just pause its work by clicking "Pause" after clicking the three dots above. When you want to get it works again, you can just click "Resume".

Solution 4. Disconnect Account to Do Google Drive Disable Sync

Sign out of your account can also terminate current backup and sync service. Just pick "Preferences..." after clicking three dots above, then a window pops up. Choose "Settings" tab on the left menu.


Backup and Sync Settings
Backup and Sync Settings

Click on "DISCONNECT ACCOUNT" to log out your Google account to stop Google Drive sync.

Solution 5. Uncheck All Folders

Choosing no source folder makes Backup and Sync has no file to operate and this will actually stop Google sync task.

Select “Preferences” in above settings options. In "My Computer" tab, and uncheck all local folders. And, not choose all cloud items in Google Drive tab or just uncheck “Sync My Drive to this computer”. Finally, click “OK”.


Uncheck Source Folders
Uncheck Source Folders

Solution 6. Uninstall Backup and Sync

No matter which type of computer you are using, desktop, laptop, notebook or ipad; no matter which kind of operating system Backup and Sync is running on, Windows systems or Mac OS, you can stop Google sync by uninstalling Backup and Sync.

Note: Even if you uninstall Backup and Sync, your files are still in drive.google.com.

Uninstall Backup and Sync through Windows Settings (Windows 10)

1. Click on Start (Windows 10 logo in the bottom left) and choose Settings (the gear icon above Power icon).
2. Select Apps part.
3. Find Backup and Sync from Google in the right app list, click on it and click "Uninstall".


Uninstall Backup and Sync in Windows Settings
Uninstall Backup and Sync in Windows Settings

Uninstall Backup and Sync through Control Panel (Windows 10)

1. Open Control Panel.
2. Choose Programs.
3. Click Programs and Features.
4. Click on Backup and Sync from Google and choose "Uninstall".


Uninstall Backup and Sync in Control Panel
Uninstall Backup and Sync in Control Panel

Uninstall Google Backup and Sync on Mac

1. Choose "Applications" in Finder.
2. On the dock, drag B & S to Trash.
3. Move to upper left of computer screen, click "Finder - Empty Trash".

Solution 7. Disable Google Drive Offline Sync

Go to https://drive.google.com/, click on “Settings” (the gear icon on top right of the screen). In the pop-up window, in default General tab, move to Offline column, and uncheck “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline” option.


Uncheck Google Drive Offline Settings
Uncheck Google Drive Offline Settings

Google Drive Sync Alternative

If you have to stop Google Drive service due to some unsettled matters, you can rely on some other service provided by third party apps, such as MultCloud, to continue your task with Google Drive.

MultCloud is a web-based software which enables you to upload files from local devices to Google Drive and download files from cloud to local storage. It can be regarded as a platform which gather and manage cloud drives you added into it. Within this platform, you do operations like what you are doing in the cloud drive itself, like share, copy, rename, delete, upload, download, etc.


MultCloud Google Drive Share
MultCloud Google Drive Share

To make use of MultCloud to assist Google Drive, first of all, you should create an account of its service. Then, add Google Drive to its platform through "Cloud Explorer - Add Cloud Drives - Google Drive". It's recommended to perform the operations through Chrome, because there is an extension to conntect Google Drive and MultCloud easily.


Add Google Drive
Add Google Drive

After successfully adding Google Drive to MultCloud, you can manage it like the picture shows above.

In addition to exchanging files between cloud and local, MultCloud also enables you to exchange files between different cloud drives or different accounts of same cloud by its "Cloud Transfer" or "Cloud Sync" feature. For example, you can transfer Google Drive to MEGA by using "Cloud Transfer" feature.


Transfer From Google to Mega
Transfer From Google to Mega

Compare Google Drive App & MultCloud

In the first place, you should make use of Google self-contained Backup and Sync app. In case Google Drive cannot sync and you have to stop Google Drive sync, you can seek help for MultCloud. Of course you can use MultCloud even when Backup and Sync working smoothly since MultCloud have much more functions and advantages that Backup and Sync does not have.

  Google Drive Backup and Sync MultCloud
Charge Free Free
Supported OS Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
Supported device Desktop, laptop, notebook Desktop, laptop, notebook, phone
Supported cloud drive Google Drive Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, MEGA, etc. about 30 clouds and more to be supported.
Sync between local and cloud Yes No
Sync between clouds No Yes
Schedule sync No Yes
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