Simply click the app icon in the system tray to stop OneDrive syncing. After selecting "Pause Syncing" and a timeframe, click the Gear icon. Additionally, you can close OneDrive, stop it from starting up, or uninstall it.
Do you want to disable OneDrive? You can stop OneDrive from syncing files, close the application, stop it from starting up, or permanently delete the application from your computer. All of that will be demonstrated for you on a Windows computer.
How Should OneDrive Be Disabled on Windows?
On your PC, there are several ways to keep OneDrive from getting in the way.
The first method is to disable OneDrive's file synchronization.
The first method is to disable OneDrive's file synchronization. If you want to keep the app on your PC but don't want your future files synced with it, this is the ideal approach. You can resume file synchronization and update your cloud account with all changes later.
Last but not least, you can uninstall the app and completely get rid of OneDrive if you no longer intend to use it. You can reinstall the application on your computer if you need the service back in the future.
How to Stop Syncing Files on OneDrive:
- Click the OneDrive icon in your PC's system tray to stop your files from being synced (a cloud icon).
- The OneDrive panel will appear. Click the Gear icon in the top-right corner of this page.
- Choose "Pause Syncing" from the menu that has opened. Next, decide how long you want to turn off file synchronization. The choices you have are 2, 8, and 24 hours.
- OneDrive will pause your file synchronization once you've made your choice. When the predetermined amount of time has passed, the sync will begin again.
And that is how you can instruct OneDrive to momentarily cease cloud storage of your files.
How to Quit OneDrive
- Click the OneDrive app icon in your system tray and choose the Gear icon in the top-right corner to close it.
- Then choose "Quit OneDrive" from the menu that has opened.
- A prompt will appear asking you to confirm your desire to stop using OneDrive. Choosing "Close OneDrive."
- You're now ready to go. Your files will no longer sync with OneDrive, and you won't receive any more notifications.
How to stop OneDrive from starting up at startup
You can also stop OneDrive from starting up automatically at startup to stop further file synchronisation and stop receiving any notifications.
Locate the OneDrive icon in your system tray and click it to get started. Then select "Settings" by clicking the Gear icon in the top-right corner of the OneDrive panel.
Choose the "Settings" tab from the "Microsoft OneDrive" window's top menu. Once that is done, deselect "Start OneDrive Automatically When I Sign In to Windows."
By clicking "OK" at the window's bottom, you can save your changes.
How to Remove OneDrive
- By uninstalling the application, OneDrive can be permanently disabled. Your PC will no longer support any OneDrive features after doing this.
- Close OneDrive on your computer to accomplish that. To do this, click the three dots in the top-right corner of the OneDrive icon in your system tray and select "Quit OneDrive."
- In the prompt, click "Close OneDrive."
- Press Windows+i to launch the Windows Settings app. Next, select "Apps."
Note: A Windows 10 computer has been used for the ensuing procedures. In Windows 11, uninstalling apps is just as simple.
- Locate and choose "Microsoft OneDrive" from the "Apps & Features" page. Click "Uninstall" after that.
- the prompt's "Uninstall" option.
OneDrive is now gone, and your new cloud storage app can take over, on your Windows PC.