Why Need to Stop OneDrive from Syncing?

Sometimes, OneDrive keeps syncing your files as cloud backup but with little progress; it seems never finish. Sometimes, you may put the wrong items at syncing. Or, OneDrive has been automatically syncing files that you don’t want it to. No matter which situation above you are in or in other similar situations, you will need to stop syncing to OneDrive.

How to Disable OneDrive Syncing?

The following solutions can be applied to all kinds of devices like desktop, laptop, notebook, pad and cellphone. Also, they are suitable for Windows, Linux, Mac, Android as well as iOS. Yet, the following will take personal OneDrive free App in Windows 10 for example.

Tips: The files mentioned below are general referring for files, folders, photos, pictures, images, docs, sheets, excels, videos, etc.

Method 1. Pause OneDrive from Syncing

If you want to temporarily and quickly suspend OneDrive’s work, rely on its Pause feature to do so. Click on its taskbar icon, click “More (three dots)” in the pop-up window and click “Pause syncing”. You can select how long to pause the process, 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours.

OneDrive Pause Syncing


  • No matter how long you choose to pause OneDrive, you can resume its syncing anytime you want and it will start working immediately after resuming.
  • If the OneDrive icon is not visible, click the "Show hidden icons" button in the notification tray.

Method 2. Quit OneDrive from Syncing

If you want to directly stop OneDrive from syncing, quitting it out is your choice. Just select “Quit OneDrive” in above more pop-up menu. Then, OneDrive will be closed and all running tasks will be stopped.

Method 3. Sign out/Unlink This PC

Cutting off the connection between this computer and OneDrive is also a way to halt OneDrive from syncing to your PC. Choose “Settings” in above menu, in the Account tab of the pop-up window, and click “Unlink this PC” and then unlink the account from the PC.

OneDrive Unlink This PC

Method 4. Turn off automatically sync a folder

If you want to prevent OneDrive from auto syncing photos, videos, screenshots or certain folders like Desktop, Documents or Pictures, just change some settings.

1. In "Auto Save" tab, uncheck “Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other device to my PC” and “Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive” to discontinue photo, videos and screenshot auto sync.

OneDrive Auto Save

2. Click on “Update folders”. Then, click “Stop protecting” under the folder which you want to cancel automatic protection. (If you haven’t protected a folder, there won’t be a “Stop protecting” option under it.)

OneDrive Stop Protecting

Method 5. Clear OneDrive Folder

Another way to stop OneDrive from syncing is to get rid of the syncing source. Besides the source files excluded in above Method 4, there is a common source folder – local OneDrive folder. All files in it will be synced to online cloud. Thus, removing the flies that you don’t want to sync out Dropbox folder will block them from been syncing. If you don’t want any files go to OneDrive, just clear this OneDrive folder and make it empty.

To find the OneDrive folder, you can look into the left menu in Windows explorer. Or, click OneDrive icon on system tray and click “Open folder” to open it.

OneDrive in windows explorer

Method 6. Disable Network Connection

Indirectly, to stop OneDrive from uploading or downloading, just cut off the network connection of the device. Without the Network connection, none file transfer task could be carried out.

Method 7. Uninstall OneDrive

Or, use the stupid way to uninstall OneDrive to stop it from syncing. Don’t worry, this won’t delete the data on your OneDrive cloud. When the current syncing is disappeared, you can reinstall OneDrive.

Method 8. Hide OneDrive

In some versions of Windows operating systems, OneDrive is built in and can’t be uninstalled. Yet, you can hide it to stop OneDrive from syncing. There are some preparations to do before hiding OneDrive. You should cut off the connection between online OneDrive cloud and local storage built by OneDrive App.
1. Open Microsoft OneDrive settings window.
2. In the default Account tab, click “Choose folders”. In the next pop-up window, check and uncheck “Make all files available”. (The first check is to make sure all below items are checked so that the next uncheck will deselect all items.)

OneDrive Uncheck All Files

3. In Settings tab, uncheck “Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC”.

OneDrive Settings Uncheck Fetch PC Files

4. In Auto Save tab, uncheck “Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other device to my PC” and “Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive”. Click “Update folder” button, in the pop-up window, “Stop protecting” Desktop, Pictures as well as Documents folder.
5. Click “OK” to save changes.
6. Open settings window again, in Account tab, click “Unlink this PC” to cut off the connection between this computer and OneDrive program. (Close the application window after unlinking.

Next, follow steps below to hide OneDrive.

1. In Windows file explorer, right-click on OneDrive and select “Properties”.
2. In the pop-up OneDrive Properties window, under General tab, check “Hidden”.
3. Click “OK” to save and exit.

OneDrive Properties Hidden

Finally, quit OneDrive from its system tray icon to stop OneDrive from syncing.

Method 9. Stop Dropbox from Automatic Startup

Just uncheck “Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows” in Settings tab.

OneDrive Disable Auto Start When Windows Start

Using MultCloud to Sync to OneDrive

If you have to stop OneDrive from syncing for it has encountered some problems and it's not available, you could also rely on other software to help you sync files to OneDrive, such as MultCloud, a FREE multiple cloud storage manager based on the web page. Let's see how it works.

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Step 1. Create one MultCloud account.

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Step 2. Add OneDrive to MultCloud.

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After adding OneDrive account to MultCloud, you could upload files from local drive to OneDrive directly. Or you cloud also remote upload to OneDrive from URL by using "Upload" feature of MultCloud.

Manage OneDrive

Besides, you can manage files in OneDrive like create, delete, download, rename, copy, cut, paste, share, etc. Moreover, you are able to sync files directly from one OneDrive to another without downloading and re-uploading by using "Cloud Sync".

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