How to Pause Syncing in OneDrive in Windows 10

Some of you may not be aware that you can 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 pause syncing and resume syncing in OneDrive  on Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Pause Syncing in OneDrive

Pause Syncing in OneDrive

Once you have opened your OneDrive app, it will commence syncing of files and folder 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 an option Pause syncing. Hove 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!

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  1. John E.

    Not in WIndows 10 Home. No option to pause.

  2. Rosie

    I know this is a long time after the post but I have found the way and thought I would reply for anyone coming to this site. You have to right click on the Onedrive cloud icon in the hidden icons of the tool bar, then you can pause it or restart it.

  3. Marc Thomas

    This option is only available on one of my three PCs, which is very strange, in spite of them having the same version installed.

  4. Jeffrey Frankel

    Good suggestion, works for me too, and three months is NOT a long time.

  5. edetcetera

    You only answered half the question…How do you stop syncing onedrive but continue making it available for storage?

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