How to turn off OneDrive in Windows 10 and why should you?




If you are a user of Windows 10, you will find that Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage is the default cloud storage service in the system.

You may find it difficult to stop this service especially if you are using another storage service like: Dropbox, but there are several ways to stop it or permanently delete it.

Below we will learn how to turn off the OneDrive app in Windows 10?


Why should you consider turning off OneDrive?

There are some reasons why you might consider stopping the application in Windows 10, including: Restoring control over the selection of files that you can download, as with every OS update, the application automatically synchronizes documents, pictures, and desktop folders.

The application's work automatically can affect the performance of the operating system and the speed of the Internet connection, as the application uses your internet connection to download files to Microsoft servers, which causes the Internet connection to slow.

In addition to that OneDrive runs automatically in the background if you do not disable it, and this has a noticeable effect on the performance of computers with low specifications, and below we will review how to stop or delete the application:

First: How to turn off automatic sync:

If you just want to temporarily turn off OneDrive, the best option is to pause file sync, with the following steps:


  • Tap the app icon in the notification area.
  • In the popup menu, press the More button.
  • Click Pause Syncing.


  • Here you can choose to stop syncing for two hours, 8 hours, or 24 hours.

How to unlink the app from Windows 10:

You can choose to disconnect the application from the operating system, this will remove your Microsoft account from the application and log you out, and prevent files in the application from syncing with your computer and vice versa.

Tap the app icon in the notification area.
In the popup menu, press the More button.
Click Settings.
On the Account tab, click on "Unlink this PC".


  • The app will prompt you to confirm the request, click on the "Unlink this PC" button.
How to delete an application from Windows 10:
OneDrive app usually comes preinstalled in Windows 10, and some versions of Windows do not allow you to uninstall it, if the option is available for you, you can choose to uninstall it from the computer.

  • Right-click the Start button.
  • Click (Settings).
  • Click Apps.


  • Click Apps & Features on the left to access the list of installed applications.
  • Tap Microsoft OneDrive, and choose Uninstall.
  • Windows will ask you to confirm that you want to continue.
  • Click Uninstall.


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