Whenever you connect a phone or camera to your PC, OneDrive will automatically start backing up files from those devices. However, if you want to stop OneDrive from uploading, syncing or saving photos from a connected camera, phone, or other devices, here is how you can do that. Although this setting is disabled by default, if your files are getting uploaded automatically, this setting is worth checking.
OneDrive can work as a deeply integrated backup solution for Windows 10 users. You can allow or block OneDrive from saving screenshots automatically, use Personal Vault, etc. However, do you know that you can allow OneDrive to upload all your photos and videos from a connected phone, camera, or other devices automatically? Whether you want to use this feature or stop it, you can follow the same guide.
Stop OneDrive from automatically saving Photos from Phone
To stop OneDrive from uploading, syncing or saving photos from a connected camera, phone, or other devices, follow these steps-
- Click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray.
- Select Help & Settings > Settings.
- Switch to the Backup tab.
- Uncheck the Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other device to my PC box.
- Click the OK button.
At first, you have to click on the OneDrive icon visible in the system tray. In case you cannot find the icon, search for “onedrive” in the Taskbar search box, and click on the individual link to open the app. Then, you can find the OneDrive icon.
Next, select the Help & Settings > Settings option.
By default, you will be landed in the Account tab, but you have to switch to the Backup tab and uncheck the Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other device to my PC box.
If you want to start using this feature, you need to make a tick in the checkbox and click the OK button to save the change.
That’s all! Depending upon your selection, it will start or stop working on your PC.
For your information, you can manage the AutoPlay settings on your computer to get the same job done. However, you can allow OneDrive to upload photos and videos from connected devices, but you cannot stop it from doing that.
For that, open Control Panel on your computer, search for “autoplay”, and click on the first result that appears.
Tick the Choose what to do with each type of media box > expand the corresponding drop-down list, and select the Import photos and videos (OneDrive) option.
It is possible to choose the same for pictures, videos, music, mixed content, DVDs, camera, etc.
That’s it! If you have any doubt, feel free to ask us.