How to Stop OneDrive Sync?

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Written By Alan Williams

May 28, 2021 • Proven solutions

OneDrive from Microsoft is one of the most well-known cloud storage solutions in the market& despite the dominance of Google Drive owing to its huge 15 GB free storage and ubiquitous presence on every smartphone in the world that is not an Apple device. Microsoft provides users with 5 GB free cloud storage in OneDrive but this is not just a cloud storage solution& OneDrive is part of Microsoft’s full spectrum of services that include Outlook and Office Online& just like how Google does with Gmail& G Suite and Google Drive. Users sometimes ask why stop OneDrive sync? What is the need to stop OneDrive sync? Here is why& and how to stop OneDrive sync on your computer& Mac& Android and iPhone.

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Part 1

Part 1. Why Stop OneDrive Sync?

By the definition and their purpose& cloud storage solutions such as OneDrive& Google Drive& Dropbox& Box& etc. are supposed to be in sync all the time. Customers want these services to sync across all devices& all the time. However& what if you didn’t want your OneDrive to stay in sync all the time? What if you want to stop OneDrive from syncing due to some error or just pause OneDrive sync for a while? Can you do that? How do you do that?

Part 2

Part 2. How To Stop OneDrive Sync On Computer?

Method 1: Closing Your OneDrive App

Closing your OneDrive app will stop OneDrive sync on computer. Here is how to close your OneDrive app and stop OneDrive sync on Windows PC:

Step 1: On your computer& click OneDrive icon in the Windows taskbar and click the Help & Settings

Close

Step 2: Click Close OneDrive to stop OneDrive sync.

To restart sync& simply restart the app on the computer.

For Apple Mac

The same process applies to OneDrive app in macOS.

Step 1: Click the OneDrive icon in the macOS menu bar

Step 2: Click Help & Settings

Close

Step 3: Click Quit OneDrive.

This will quit the OneDrive app on your Mac computer and stop syncing until the app is relaunched.

Method 2: Unlinking The Device

Unlinking your device has the same effect that signing out does and stops OneDrive sync on your computer. This is how you do it on Windows:

Step 1: Click OneDrive icon in task bar and select Help & Settings

Step 2: Click Settings

Step 3: Click Account

Unlink

Step 4: Click Unlink This PC and confirm to unlink the PC and stop OneDrive sync.

Unlink

For Apple Mac

The same process applies for macOS-based Apple computers.

Step 1: Click OneDrive icon in macOS menu bar and select Help & Settings

Step 2: Click Preferences

Step 3: Click Account

Unlink

Step 4: Click Unlink This Mac and confirm to unlink and stop OneDrive sync on Mac. You will need to sign in again if you want to restart syncing.

Confirm

Method 3: Uninstalling OneDrive App On macOS

If you uninstall OneDrive OneDrive app on your computer& all sync activity between your computer and your OneDrive will stop immediately. OneDrive cannot be uninstalled on Windows 10 computers since it is an integral part of the system. You can sign out for the same effect& as described above.

Uninstalling On Apple Mac Computers

Step 1: Open Finder from the Dock and click Applications from the sidebar

Step 2: Locate the OneDrive app and drag it to the trash can icon in the Dock.

Method 4: Temporarily Pausing OneDrive Sync

You can pause OneDrive sync to stop OneDrive sync on computer momentarily. This method will immediately pause all sync activity and you can resume later& conveniently.

Step 1: Click the OneDrive icon in the task bar and select Help & Settings

Step 2: Click Pause Syncing and select the duration you want to pause syncing for.

Pause

This option will change to Resume if you have paused the activity& so to resume syncing& just repeat the step and select Resume.

For Apple Mac

The same process goes for Apple macOS-based systems.

Step 1: Click OneDrive icon in macOS menu bar at the top

Step 2: Click Help & Settings

Step 3: Click Pause Syncing and select a duration

Pause

All syncing will be paused for the duration selected.

Method 5: Uncheck All Folders

If you are not backing anything up to OneDrive and if you are not syncing anything from OneDrive& there is nothing for OneDrive to do and this will stop OneDrive sync on your computer.

Step 1: Click OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select Help & Settings

Step 2: Select Settings

Step 3: Select Account

Step 4: Select Choose Folders

Choose

Step 5: Click the button Choose Folders and uncheck everything to stop OneDrive from syncing anything down from the cloud to your computer.

Uncheck

For Apple Mac

Step 1: Click OneDrive icon and select Help & Settings

Step 2: Select Preferences

Step 3: Select Account tab and click Choose Folders

Choose

Step 4: Click Choose Folders button and unselect everything to stop OneDrive from syncing back to the Mac.

Uncheck

Method 6: Disconnecting Your Internet Connection

Switching off your router or switching off your internet connection in your computer is another way to stop OneDrive sync immediately. Today& we are often connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection& and if you disable your Wi-Fi connection your OneDrive sync will stop immediately& as will all other internet access on the device in question.

Step 1: Click the Network icon in the Taskbar

Enable

Step 2: Click Flight Mode

This will disable your computer’s internet access and stop OneDrive sync right away.

On Apple Mac

On macOS-based Apple computers& select the Wi-Fi icon from the menu bar and toggle it off. To toggle it back on& repeat this step.

Disconnect
Part 3

Part 3. How To Stop OneDrive Sync On Android and iOS

OneDrive can be as easily stopped from syncing on Android and iOS as well.

Method 1: Signing Out of OneDrive

Stop OneDrive Sync On Android

Step 1: Launch OneDrive app on your Android smartphone

Step 2: Tap “Me” from the bottom tab bar

Sign

Step 3: Tap Sign Out.

Stop OneDrive Sync On iOS

Step 1: Launch OneDrive on iOS

Step 2: Tap your profile picture at the top-left corner

Step 3: Click Settings

Step 4: Click your account

Sign

Step 5: Click Sign Out

You are now signed out of OneDrive on iOS& stopping all sync activity.

Method 2: Disable Camera Upload

Another way to stop OneDrive sync on Android and iPhone is to stop Camera Upload.

Stop Camera Upload On Android

Step 1: Launch OneDrive

Step 2: Tap “Me” tab at the bottom-right corner

Step 3: Tap Settings

Stop

Step 4: Tap Camera Upload and toggle it Off.

Stop Camera Upload On iPhone

Step 1: Launch OneDrive

Step 2: Tap your profile picture at the top-left corner

Step 3: Tap Settings

Stop

Step 4: Tap Camera Upload and toggle it Off for the account(s) you want to disable Camera Upload on.

Method 3: Uninstall OneDrive From Android and iPhone

Another way to stop OneDrive sync if you will not use it again is to uninstall the apps from your Android and iPhone devices.

Uninstall OneDrive On Android

Step 1: Tap and hold on the OneDrive app icon in your Android home screen or from the app launcher and drag it a little

Step 2: You will see two options& Remove and Uninstall at the top

Uninstall

Step 3: Drag the icon to Uninstall to uninstall OneDrive on Android and stop OneDrive sync on Android.

Uninstall OneDrive On iPhone

Step 1: Tap and hold the OneDrive icon on your iPhone springboard

Step 2: The contextual menu will popup. Tap Remove

Remove

Step 3: On iOS 14& there is an additional confirmation to keep the app in the library or to remove it completely. Tap Delete to confirm.

Delete
Part 4

Part 4. Sync Files To OneDrive Through Wondershare InClowdz

What Is Wondershare InClowdz?

InClowdz is a cloud-based service by Wondershare for you to transfer files between accounts& sync one cloud to another& and manage your cloud drives easily if you use more than one cloud drive.

How To Sync Files And Manage OneDrive Using Wondershare InClowdz

Syncing your files to OneDrive and managing your OneDrive using InClowdz is as easy as connecting your OneDrive to InClowdz and managing your OneDrive within the app.

Step 1: Download Wondershare InClowdz

Step 2: Select Management module.

Step 3: Add your OneDrive cloud. This is how it looks with a few drives added.

inclowdz

Step 4: Now create new files and folders& copy& delete& rename files and folders& move and even sync across your connected drives within InClowdz easily.

Conclusion

There are worthy third-party solutions available to sync files to OneDrive such as Wondershare InClowdz that you can use to not only sync your files from computer to OneDrive but transfer files to another drive and to also manage all your cloud drive storages in one location for never-before productivity and saving of time. This is highly recommended if you use more than one online storage solutions such as Dropbox& Google Drive& OneDrive& Box& etc. Managing them with their own apps and their own websites can sap your energy and time& lowering your productivity. Using InClowdz to bunch them all together in one app with the ability to sync content from one drive to another from within the app is productivity heaven that you need to experience to believe.

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