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How to Disable One Drive

Posted by Arch on September 14, 2019
how to disable one drive

OneDrive offers good syncing and storage options but, with many other options available out there, it may well become nothing short of a nuisance. Naturally, you can completely remove OneDrive from your PC, but there are other options that may provide you with a better solution. Here’s more on disabling OneDrive on your computer.

Why Not Remove It?

Well, first of all, OneDrive comes preinstalled on your PC because it’s Microsoft’s native app. It is well synced with the OS and easy to use. You can use it to backup photos, videos, documents, files, and various other data to the cloud. Given its Microsoft nativity, OneDrive excels at performing automatic backups and is a great alternative to Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Why Would You Want to Remove It?

Simply put, because you may not need it. Sure, you can combine and use different cloud environments as your storage options, but you’ll probably want to use a single place, for convenience. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of OneDrive. However, there are alternative solutions that may work just as well, perhaps even better.

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Unlinking It

Unlinking OneDrive from your PC is an efficient way to stop every auto-sync option that you may have previously selected or that’s  automatically preset. Go to your system tray (notification) area, located in the bottom right corner of your screen. Locate the white/blue OneDrive icon that resembles a cloud and right-click it. Now, select More and then Settings. Go to the Account tab, navigate to the Unlink this PC command, and click it. Finally, click Unlink account and you’re all set!

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Bear in mind that, with this method, you’ll still get OneDrive updates and the app itself may prompt you to link your PC again at some point. If this doesn’t bother you, this method may be the best way to go. Disabling OneDrive on your PC without removing it completely is great for those who want to temporarily suspend their OneDrive activity. With a few clicks, you can reconnect OneDrive and continue using it regularly.

Uninstalling It

If you’re absolutely positive that you won’t be coming back to it, removing OneCloud from your PC completely is the way to go. To do this, type “Add or remove programs” after clicking Start and press Enter. In the list of Apps & features, find OneDrive, click it, and then click Uninstall. Uninstall Wizard will guide you through the removal process and, after it’s done, OneDrive will be completely removed from your computer.

You’ll be able to reinstall OneDrive at any point, but with the default settings.

Hiding It

Unfortunately, some Windows versions won’t allow you to uninstall the OneDrive app. You can hide it in order to stop the syncing process. Again, go to the notification area in Windows, right-click the OneDrive icon and click Settings. Under the General tab, uncheck all boxes. Then, move onto the Auto Save tab, click Documents and Pictures and set this option to This PC only. Uncheck all other boxes.

Now, move onto the Account tab and navigate to Choose folders. Next, you can manually uncheck all boxes one by one. Alternatively, check and immediately uncheck the Sync all files and folders in my OneDrive box (this box checks/unchecks all other boxes). This way, you’ve successfully removed all OneDrive files from the PC that you’re working on. However, the files will remain on OneDrive.com.

Click OK to save the settings. Now, you can unlink OneDrive if you haven’t yet, by following the unlinking tutorial described above. Here’s how to hide OneDrive in File Explorer. You should right-click on the OneDrive icon in the menu on the left side of the File Explorer window and select Properties. In the General tab, find the box called Hidden and check it. Next, you should right-click the cloud icon in the system tray and click Quit OneDrive.

Another Quick Way

There is one more method of disabling/uninstalling OneDrive – via the Run command. To get started, press the Windows key + R. Type “gpedit.msc” and hit Enter in the Run command window that appears. Now, select Administrative Templates, find the Windows Components, and double-click on that folder. In the next window, navigate to the OneDrive folder and double-click it. Finally, double-click Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage.

You’ll have to choose between three options: Not Configured, Enabled, and Disabled. Most likely, the first option will be selected by default. Select Enabled and hit OK. This should promptly disable OneDrive on your computer. Keep in mind, however, that OneDrive won’t disappear, even though you won’t be able to open it.

No More OneDrive

Each of the described methods these does things differently. If you want OneDrive completely removed, uninstalling it is the best way to go. However, unfortunately, you won’t be able to do it on every PC.

How did you go about it? Did you disable, uninstall, or hide OneDrive? How did you like the Run command route? Feel free to join in on the discussion in the comments and leave your questions, thoughts, and ideas.

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