How to disable Microsoft OneDrive

If you don’t need Microsoft OneDrive on your PC, you can quickly and easily disable it. If you do, you can use a different cloud service if you want, but anyway, here’s how to disable Microsoft OneDrive.

Disable your OneDrive account by unlinking

This process involves unlinking the PC that OneDrive is installed on, which then deletes the account you initially signed in with.

Step 1: Click on Microsoft OneDrive in the taskbar at the bottom right of your window, then select the Help & Settings icon. Click Institutions

The Microsoft OneDrive Settings option in Windows 10.

Step 2: Select the account tab next to the Institutions tab.

Step 3: Click Unlink this PC

Unlink this PC option in Microsoft OneDrive.

Step 4: Click on the Unlink account button, after which your files will stop syncing with your OneDrive account.

The confirmation button for unlinking a Microsoft OneDrive account from a PC.

How do I temporarily disable OneDrive?

If you want to temporarily disable OneDrive without unlinking your entire account, Microsoft provides the option to do so.

Step 1: Click on Microsoft OneDrive in the taskbar, click on the Help & Settings icon, then choose Institutions

Step 2: Deselect the Automatically starts OneDrive when I sign in to Windows field and click Okay

Microsoft OneDrive will no longer sync your files until you manually open the program yourself. When you are ready to re-enable the service, just check the same box and click Okay

Deselect the option to start Microsoft OneDrive automatically in Windows 10.

Step 3: Conveniently, Microsoft also offers the option to temporarily disable OneDrive for specific periods. Click on Microsoft OneDrive in the taskbar, click on the Help & Settings icon and then click Pause sync† You can temporarily disable OneDrive for: two o’clock8 o’clockor 24 hours

The option to temporarily disable syncing in Microsoft OneDrive.

Remove Microsoft OneDrive

If you’re absolutely sure you don’t want access to Microsoft OneDrive at all and don’t see yourself using it in the future, you can uninstall the service itself on Windows 10 as well.

Step 1: go to you Institutions page and click apps

Step 2: Click Microsoft OneDrive to select it and then click the remove knob.

The Delete button for Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 10.

To learn more about Microsoft OneDrive, visit our guides on how to save files through the cloud service on Windows 10 and how to switch from Samsung Cloud to OneDrive.

If you’ve disabled or uninstalled OneDrive and are considering other cloud services, don’t miss our best guide to cloud storage services.

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