This guide will show you how to turn off, pause, uninstall OneDrive, and more.
OneDrive is a cloud service by Microsoft where you can store files and data and access it from anywhere. It offers 5GB of free storage for everyone who creates an account with them. You get 1TB of storage for $5/month or $60/year which is a great deal if you are someone who uses cloud services extensively.
If OneDrive is no longer useful to you, you can cancel your subscription, turn it off, or uninstall it. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do them.
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How to Turn Off OneDrive on Windows 11
You can turn off OneDrive on your Windows PC if you no longer use this service. No files will be deleted both from your computer and OneDrive.
The data that you’ve synced previously will remain in OneDrive safely. And you can still access your files by signing in to OneDrive.
To turn off OneDrive in Windows 11, you only need to unlink your account. There are two easy ways to do it.
Option 1: From the taskbar
1. Click the white or blue OneDrive icon in the taskbar corner overflow.
If you don’t see it, click the little arrow next to the clock to show the hidden icons.
2. Click Help & Settings > Settings.
3. Go to the Account tab and select Unlink this PC.
4. Click Unlink account to confirm.
Option 2: from File Explorer
1. Click the folder explorer icon on the taskbar to open File Explorer.
2. On the left pane, click OneDrive.
3. Right-click OneDrive to see the menu and hover the cursor on OneDrive. Then, select Settings.
4. Go to the Account tab and select Unlink this PC.
5. Click Unlink account to confirm.
How to Pause and Resume Syncing Files in OneDrive
If your internet is slow and the sync in OneDrive takes a long time, you can pause and resume it when you have better internet speed.
OneDrive provides several options to pause the sync process, they are 2, 8, and 24 hours. Once the time limit ends, it starts syncing automatically when you are connected to the internet.
To pause OneDrive syncing files, do the following steps:
1. Click the white or blue OneDrive icon in the taskbar corner.
2. Click Help & Settings.
3. Click Pause syncing and choose 2, 8, or 24 hours.