How to Stop Syncing your data to Microsoft OneDrive Account in Windows 10?

OneDrive is built-in cloud-based storage that Windows 10 offers to its users. The PCs can be linked to OneDrive and automatically sync the image, files, videos, etc to the drive. Usually, they can store up to 5GB of data for free, and for more storage, we must opt for a premium account. In such cases, to utilize the space efficiently we might want to stop syncing of data for some time. In this article, let us see how to do that in different ways.


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Method 1: Unlink OneDrive

1. Right-click on the cloud icon in the bottom right corner of the taskbar

2. Choose Settings

 

 

Right Click On Cloud

 

Sometimes the One Drive icon is hidden so click on the Show hidden icons arrow as shown below and find the icon there.

 

 

Hidden Icon

 

 

3. In the Settings Window, Go to the Account tab and Choose Unlink this PC

 

Unlink Option

 

4.  A prompt appears, click on Unlink account


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Confirmation Dialogue

 

Method 2: Hide OneDrive

In order to stop the files from syncing, we can opt to Hide OneDrive in our system.

1. Right-click on the cloud icon in the bottom right corner of the taskbar

2. Choose Settings

 

 

Right Click On Cloud

 

Sometimes the One Drive icon is hidden so click on the Show hidden icons arrow as shown below and find the icon there.

 

Hidden Icon

 

3. In the Settings Window, Under the General category Untick all the options

 

Untick In General

 

 

4. In the same window, go to the Account tab , and click on Choose folders

 

 

Choose Folder In Account Tab

 

 

5. In the appearing window,

  1. Untick all the files
  2. Click on OK

 

 

Untick All And Press Ok

 

 

6. In the Settings Window, Go to the Account tab and Choose Unlink this PC

 

 

Unlink Option

 

 

7.  A prompt appears, click on Unlink account

 

 

Confirmation Dialogue

 

 

8. Press Windows+E buttons together to open File Explorer

  1. Locate OneDrive and right-click on it
  2. Click on Properties

 

 

Right Click Properties

 

 

9. In the appearing window , go to the General tab,

  1. Choose Hidden under the attribute section
  2. Press OK

 

 

Hide And Press Ok

 

 

We can now see that One Drive is hidden from the File Explorer.


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10.Locate the One Drive icon in the taskbar again,

  1. Right-click
  2. Click on Close One Drive

 

 

Exit One Drive

 

That’s it and One Drive is hidden from the system, hence stopping the sync of files.

Method 3: Uninstall OneDrive

It is important to note that not all the versions of Windows 10 support uninstalling the OneDrive.

1. Hold Windows+r , in the Run window, type appwiz.cpl and hit enter

 

Appwizcpl Command

 

2. In the Program and Features window that opens,

  1. Locate the Microsoft OneDrive and Right-Click on it.
  2. Click on Uninstall

 

Uninstall One Drive

 

This will Uninstall OneDrive from the PC.

Hope this has been informative. Thank you for reading. Please comment and let us know if this works for you.

 

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