How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11

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When you log into your Windows computer, OneDrive automatically syncs in the background. It also has a high energy impact. Before OneDrive starts syncing files to the cloud and consumes all of your internet bandwidth, it needs to be completely disabled.

How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11

Pause OneDrive

This is a quick and temporary solution for the OneDrive service on Windows 11. If you want to pause OneDrive sync for a couple of hours, you can easily do so from the Windows 11 taskbar.

  • Click the OneDrive icon in the Windows 11 taskbar.
  • Click OneDrive Help & Settings.
  • Select Pause syncing and click 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours.

Unfortunately, there are only three times. We hope to see more options to pause OneDrive sync in future updates: 10 hours, 12 hours, 48 ​​hours, etc.

Unlink your Microsoft account from One Drive

If you no longer intend to use OneDrive on a specific Windows PC or laptop, you can unpair your Microsoft account from it.

You will continue to stay connected to other Microsoft services such as Office apps, Microsoft Store, etc., but OneDrive will not be appreciated by the PC.

  • Select the OneDrive icon from the system tray.
  • Select Help and Settings.
  • Go to Settings.
  • In the Account menu, select Unlink this PC.
  • confirm your decision and OneDrive files will stop syncing. Locally available files will remain on this device, removing online-only files.

Uninstall OneDrive

Uninstall the service by following the steps below.

  • Open the Windows Settings app (use Windows + I keys).
  • Go to the App menu.
  • Select Apps and features.
  • Scroll down to Microsoft OneDrive.
  • Click the three-dot menu next to it and select Uninstall.


If you no longer use OneDrive in Windows 11, it's time to disable OneDrive on startup. That's how.

  • Open the Windows Settings menu (use Windows + I keys).
  • Select Apps from the left sidebar.
  • Click Start.
  • Disable OneDrive from the following menu.
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