How To Disable OneDrive on Windows 11 and Remove It

If you think you don’t need OneDrive, you can simply disable and remove it. Fortunately, Windows 11 allows you to do that in easy methods.

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Windows 11 and its previous versions like Windows 10 have a built-in cloud storage service called OneDrive, and it’s useful when you want the easiest way to automatically back up your files. But for some, it might be not, and would like to turn OneDrive off completely, and even uninstall it.

Fortunately, Windows 11 allows you to disable or even remove OneDrive if you don’t think you need it. You might perhaps use another third-party cloud storage app like Google Drive, think it’s taking over the PrintScreen button, think apps like OneDrive cost too much internet bandwidth which ends up slowing down your internet speed, or think it’s taking too many resources and slowing down your PC.

Those problems don’t actually require users to disable or even uninstall OneDrive to get fixed. You can set your Wi-Fi as a metered connection to pause OneDrive if you think that’s Wi-Fi quota is limited, and you can disable it without uninstalling it so you can still use another cloud storage app.

But still, some users might want to turn OneDrive off and completely remove it. It takes only a few clicks to do it, and you can do it in different methods.

How to disable OneDrive on Windows 11 (or Windows 10)

Pausing OneDrive for a few hours to a day

OneDrive allows you to disable itself which stops all uploading/downloading processes for a few determined hours to a day. Pausing OneDrive from syncing can be helpful when you don’t want OneDrive to spend more of your internet bandwidth for a short period of time.

To do that, open OneDrive by clicking the OneDrive icon from the system tray. Select the gear icon which says Help & Settings.

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Select Pause syncing. You will see three options for pause syncing. You can select 2 hours, 8 hours, or 24 hours. Select one of them so OneDrive will stop working for that period of time.

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You will see a message saying “Your files are not currently syncing” and a pause icon added to the regular OneDrive icon on the system tray. If you wish to continue OneDrive working again, simply click the pause button on that message, wait for it to sign in, until you see the “Everything is up to date” label.

Completely turn off or disable OneDrive by unlinking your account

OneDrive requires your Microsoft account to work. But it allows you to use a Microsoft account on your Windows 11 PC while has itself disabled and not using your Microsoft account and your PC to upload/download your files, and you can unlink your PC from OneDrive to do that.

Select the gear icon on OneDrive, select Settings, and you will see a dialog box.

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On the Account tab, select Unlink this PC.

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A message asks for your confirmation. Select Unlink account to confirm.

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Now OneDrive is completely turned off.

Uninstalling OneDrive on Windows 11

You don’t need to do this, but if you wish, you can uninstall OneDrive permanently and easily. Open the Settings by pressing the Windows+X button and clicking it.

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Here, go to Apps > Apps & features.

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Search for OneDrive on the App list. Select the kebab button > Uninstall.

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Select Uninstall when asked for confirmation.

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Follow any instructions if you see one. OneDrive will then get removed from your Windows 11 PC.

Turning off OneDrive using Local Group Policy Editor

Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise editions have the Local Group Policy Editor, and the built-in app can be helpful to manage some Windows settings that aren’t usually accessible to users with other editions.

Open it by pressing the Windows+R button, typing gpedit.msc, and pressing Enter.

gpedit.msc

Now, go to:

Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive

Double-click Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage.

prevent the usage of onedrive for file storage

Select Enabled. Select OK and you might want to restart your PC to apply the changes.

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If you wish to enable OneDrive, simply follow the above steps but select Disabled or Not configured instead.


Windows 11 allows you to turn off OneDrive, and it can be helpful to save more internet bandwidth or PC resources or simply to stop distracting you from using another third-party similar app.

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