Turn off, disable, or uninstall OneDrive

Turn off, disable, or uninstall OneDrive

If you want to stop syncing for a short time, learn How to pause and resume sync in OneDrive.

If you want to stop syncing a file, read How to stop or cancel sync in OneDrive.

If you want to remove a OneDrive folder from your computer, follow the steps in Choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer.

If you just don't want to use OneDrive, the easiest solution is to unlink it.

Unlink OneDrive

You won't lose files or data by unlinking OneDrive from your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to OneDrive.com.

  1. Select the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the taskbar or menu bar.

    OneDrive SyncClient with blue cloud and white cloud icons

    Note: You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow The Show hidden icons button. next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon. If the icon doesn't appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running. Select Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then select OneDrive in the search results.

  2. Select More > Settings.

    Screenshot of getting to OneDrive Settings

  3. On the Account tab, click Unlink this PC and then Unlink account.

Hide or uninstall OneDrive

On some versions of Windows, you can also hide or uninstall OneDrive. You can also uninstall the OneDrive mobile app from Android and iOS devices.

OneDrive is built in to some versions of Windows and can't be uninstalled. But you can hide it and stop the sync process, so it stays hidden. To do this, turn off all the OneDrive settings and remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer.

Windows 10

  1. Select the white or blue OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar.

    OneDrive SyncClient with blue cloud and white cloud icons

    Note: You might need to click the Show hidden icons arrow The Show hidden icons button. next to the notification area to see the OneDrive icon. If the icon doesn't appear in the notification area, OneDrive might not be running. Select Start, type OneDrive in the search box, and then select OneDrive in the search results.

  2. Select More > Settings.

    Screenshot of getting to OneDrive Settings

  3. On the Settings tab, uncheck all the boxes under General.

  4. On the Auto Save tab, set the Documents and Pictures lists to This PC only, and uncheck the other boxes.

  5. On the Account tab, click Choose folders.

  6. In the Sync your OneDrive files to this PC box, check and uncheck the box at Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive. (The first check selects all the boxes, then the uncheck clears them all.) Click OK to close the box and return to settings.

    This step removes all OneDrive files from your computer, but leaves them on OneDrive.com.

  7. Click OK to save your changes in the Settings box.

  8. Open the Settings again. On the Account tab, click Unlink OneDrive. Close the Welcome to OneDrive box that appears.

  9. Open File Explorer, right-click OneDrive, and then click Properties.

    On the General tab, next to Attributes, check the Hidden box. This hides OneDrive from File Explorer.

  10. One more time, select More and select Quit OneDrive. This removes the OneDrive icon from the Notifications area.

Windows 8.1

  1. In your computer's Start menu, press and hold or right-click the OneDrive tile, and then select Unpin from Start.

  2. Go to PC Settings, using the PC Settings tile in the Start menu, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen, select Settings, and then select Change PC settings.

  3. Under PC settings, select OneDrive.

  4. On the File Storage tab, turn off the switch at Save documents to OneDrive by default.

  5. On the Camera roll tab, select Don't upload photos and turn off the switch at Automatically upload videos to OneDrive.

  6. On the Sync settings tab, under Sync settings with OneDrive, turn off the switch at Sync your settings on this PC.

  7. On the Metered connections tab, turn off all the switches.

  8. To hide OneDrive from File Explorer, open File Explorer and in the folder list on the left, right-click OneDrive and then click Properties.

    On the General tab, at Attributes, check the Hidden box.

You won't lose files or data by uninstalling OneDrive from your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to OneDrive.com.

Windows 10

  1. Select the Start button, type Programs in the search box, and then select Add or remove programs in the list of results.

  2. Under Apps & features, find and select Microsoft OneDrive, and then select Uninstall. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Windows 8.1

  1. The OneDrive app comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 and cannot be uninstalled.

Windows 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button, then in the search box, type Add Programs, and then, in the list of results, click Programs and Features.

  2. Click Microsoft OneDrive, and then click Uninstall. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Android devices

  1. Go to Settings and select Storage/Memory.

  2. Select OneDrive and tap Uninstall.

iOS devices

  1. Go to the Home Screen, tap and hold on the OneDrive app icon

  2. Tap X that appears in the upper left corner of the app icon.

macOS

  1. Just drag the OneDrive app to the Trash.

Need more help?

How to cancel an upload or stop a download in OneDrive

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See more support pages for OneDrive for home and OneDrive for work or school.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

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Email support
If you still need help, shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app or email the OneDrive support team.

To contact OneDrive support from your PC or Mac, select the OneDrive icon in the notification area or menu bar, then select More > Send feedback > I don't like something.

OneDrive Admins can also view the OneDrive Tech Community, Help for OneDrive Admins, or contact Microsoft 365 for business support.

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