How to Stop Onedrive Sync on Windows 10 (Steps with Images)

As a cloud storage service, OneDrive is one of the best. This is especially true because of the Files-on Demand feature. However, if you are already using another cloud service like Google Drive, then you might not want to use OneDrive. In those cases, here’s how to stop OneDrive sync in Windows. The best thing is, when you stop OneDrive sync, you don’t have to uninstall OneDrive. Let me show you how.

Steps to Stop OneDrive Sync

It is rather easy to stop OneDrive sync. In fact, there are quite a few ways you can prevent OneDrive sync. For example, you can use the group policy editor, you can unsync specific folders, you can unlink OneDrive account, and you can uninstall OneDrive. I will show all these methods. Follow the one you like.

1. Fully Stop OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 via Group Policy

To stop OneDrive from syncing files and folders, we can use the group policy editor. All you have to do is change a single policy. Keep in mind that Group Policy editor is only available for Pro and Enterprise version users. If you are using Windows Home edition, then follow one of the other methods shown below.

1. Open the Run dialog box (Win + R), type gpedit.msc and click on the Ok button. This action will open the Group Policy Editor.

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2. You will see a bunch of folders on the left panel. Go to the following folder.

Computer Configurations -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> OneDrive

3. In the OneDrive folder, you will see all specific policies related to OneDrive management. Here, find and double-click on the “Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage“ policy.

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4. In the policy properties window, select the Enabled radio option.

5. Click on the Apply and Ok buttons to save the policy changes.

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6. To apply the changes, restart Windows.

That is it. You’ve successfully stopped OneDrive from syncing in the background.

2. Unsync Specific Folders in OneDrive

OneDrive gives you the options for selective sync. For instance, if you just want to sync your documents folder then you can do that by selecting just that folder in the OneDrive settings window. That way, you can unsync unnecessary folders. Let me show you how to do it.

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar, click on the More button and select Settings option. If there is no OneDrive icon, launch the application by searching for it in the start menu.

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2. In the Settings window, go to the Account tab. Here, click on the Choose folders button.

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3. In the proceeding window, uncheck the folders you don’t want to sync and click on the Ok button to save changes. For instance, I don’t want to sync my Books and Ebooks folder. So, I unchecked those folders.

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4. That is it. OneDrive now automatically unsyncs the folders you deselected. You will not see these folders in the OneDrive folder.

3. Unlink OneDrive Account in Windows

You can also stop OneDrive sync by unlinking your user account in OneDrive application. It just takes a couple of clicks and the procedure is simple too.

1. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar, click on the More button and select Settings option. If there is no OneDrive icon, launch the application by searching for it in the start menu.

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2. In the Settings window, go to the Account tab. Here, click on the Unlink this PC link under the OneDrive section.

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3. You will immediately see a confirmation window. Click on the Unlink Account button to continue.

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That is it. You’ve successfully unlinked OneDrive account in Windows 10. You’ve also stopped OneDrive sync.

4. Uninstall OneDrive

Finally, if you want nothing to do with OneDrive, you can fully uninstall OneDrive. Unlike other options, there are multiple ways to uninstall OneDrive. You can also reinstall OneDrive as and when needed with just a few clicks. I’ve already written step-by-step guides on both these topics. Follow them and you should be good.

That is all.

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