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How To Stop OneDrive Sync Windows 10 [Safely]

Stop OneDrive Sync in Windows 10 Safely

stop onedrive sync, unistall OneDrive and stop syncing
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OneDrive sync feature allows users to access cloud files using the file explorer. But if in any case you need to stop OneDrive sync then the process is very simple and straight forward, follow the below steps to stop OneDrive sync from your windows 10 PC.

OneDrive-present icon
What is Microsoft OneDrive?

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What is Microsoft OneDrive: In simple words OneDrive is a cloud document storage platform from Microsoft similar to Google Drive or Drop Box. Although OneDrive is similar to Google Drive but it has some additional benefits such as enterprise security, version control, rich metadata, Windows 10 syncing and many more. In other words, OneDrive is a document storage software as a service (SAAS) with enterprise security and other benefits.
To learn more about OneDrive check OneDrive Guide and also check this Microsoft page.

Disable OneDrive Sync – Safely

OneDrive is already installed in Windows 10, so there is no need for you to download and install it. If sync is turned on, it can help you sync files or folders so as to keep data safe.

Now, if for some reason you want to disable / stop OneDrive sync then you need to follow the below steps.

Stop using OneDrive App

  1. First, Right click on your OneDrive app available in your application tray (bottom right corner) and select Settings.
stop onedrive sync from system tray
  1. Next, open account tab and select the option “stop sync”.
stop OneDrive sync or Unlink PC option
If you get any prompt

as you see, there is another option to “unlink this PC“, this will also stop OneDrive sync but it is used to stop all account sync instead of only one.
In other words, if you have multiple OneDrive locations(from different domains) connected to your PC, then “Stop sync” will stop only one particular domain from syncing. Whereas “Unlink this PC” will stop all OneDrive accounts from syncing. So choose as per your requirement.

You might receive a prompt to confirm your action, accept it. It won’t delete any of your files.

Next steps

That’s all for stopping your OneDrive from syncing with your PC, but if you are willing to remove your local OneDrive files as well then follow the below steps.

By default OneDrive stores files under C drive user directory in the following path
C:\users\<your user id>\Onedrive – your domain

onedrive location

The “OneDrive – Your domain” in the above picture is the one that is from your company. So if you would like to delete the files, then just delete the entire folder or delete the files inside it.

Point to note: If you have selected a separate location for OneDrive syncing then the above location will be different.

Thank you, that is all the points and instructions you need to stop OneDrive sync in your PC safely. I hope it has helped you to remove your OneDrive safely. If you find this helpful, consider checking our other posts related to different technologies or tutorials.

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