Some of you may not be aware that you can stop or pause syncing of files and folders on OneDrive when an upload or a download is in the process. In this post, we will see how to stop, pause syncing and resume OneDrive syncing on Windows 11 or Windows 10.
Pause Syncing in OneDrive
Once you have opened your OneDrive app, it will commence syncing of files and folders on your computer with your OneDrive cloud account. If there is not much work to be done, the process should go through quickly.
But if you want to pause the syncing temporarily for some reason, OneDrive allows you to do it. You can pause OneDrive syncing for 2, 8 or 24 hours.
To pause OneDrive syncing, all you need to do is right-click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area and you will see the option Pause syncing. Hover your mouse over it and you will see the following options:
- 2 hours
- 8 hours
- 24 hours.
Select the time you want to pause synchronization and OneDrive will stop the process and the icon will change to as follows:
Resume OneDrive Syncing
If you wish to resume synchronization, again right-click on the icon and select Resume syncing.
The icon will show the synching overlay.
Things have become so simple now!
Stop OneDrive from syncing desktop, documents, pictures, etc.
- Right-click the OneDrive system tray icon
- Select OneDrive Help and Settings
- Select Account tab
- Select Choose folders.
- In the Sync your OneDrive files to this PC dialog box, uncheck any folders you don’t want to sync to your computer and select OK.
- If you uncheck a folder you are syncing to your computer, the folder will be removed from your computer. The folder and its contents will still be available online.
If you don’t want to sync all your OneDrive folders, you can select which folders to sync or not.
Right-click the OneDrive icon and select Stop syncing a folder. Next, select the folder you want to stop syncing and then click the Stop syncing button.
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