How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10  

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10

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    12 Apr 2021
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    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10


    OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

    Once you set up OneDrive and have it running, OneDrive will automatically sync your chosen files and folders with your PC.

    Starting with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can pause syncing of files and folders on OneDrive as needed.

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    This tutorial will show you how to pause and resume sync in OneDrive for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    To Stop Syncing in OneDrive by Closing OneDrive


    1 Click/tap on the OneDrive icon How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-onedrive_icon.jpg in the notification area, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Close OneDrive. (see screenshot below)

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-close_onedrive.jpg

    2 Click/tap on Close OneDrive to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-close_onedrive-2.jpg

    3 OneDrive will now be closed and syncing stopped until you open the OneDrive app next.

    OneDrive will also resume syncing when you sign in to Windows 10 next if OneDrive is set to start automatically when you sign in.
    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-close_onedrive-3.jpg







    OPTION TWO

    To Pause Syncing in OneDrive


    1 Click/tap on the OneDrive icon How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-onedrive_icon.jpg in the notification area, click/tap on More, click/tap on Pause syncing, and click/tap on 2 hours, 8 hours, or 24 hours for how long you want to pause syncing. (see screenshot below)

    If OneDrive is currently not running to show this icon, then run: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-pause_onedrive_syncing.jpg

    2 OneDrive syncing will now be paused until the selected time runs out or you manually resume syncing in Option Three below. (see screenshot below)

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-pause_onedrive_syncing-2.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Resume Syncing in OneDrive


    1 Click/tap on the paused OneDrive icon How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-onedrive_paused.png in the notification area, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Resume syncing. (see screenshot below)

    If OneDrive is currently not running to show this icon, then run: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-resume_onedrive_syncing.jpg

    2 OneDrive syncing will now resume. (see screenshot below)

    How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive in Windows 10-resume_onedrive_syncing-2.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 19
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       #1

    Manual OneDrive


    That's a great tutorial. What I want to do, though, is to have onedrive act as a manual operation as if it were a simple flash drive just plugged into a USB port. Can I set it up so that it does nothing at all, until I manually upload a file to it or open up a file on it that exists nowhere else? (sorry if you covered this in the tutorial and I missed it)
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       #2

    Gyrobob said:
    That's a great tutorial. What I want to do, though, is to have onedrive act as a manual operation as if it were a simple flash drive just plugged into a USB port. Can I set it up so that it does nothing at all, until I manually upload a file to it or open up a file on it that exists nowhere else? (sorry if you covered this in the tutorial and I missed it)
    Hello Bob,

    If you have OneDrive running, it's basically always on standby by default to sync files that are saved to or modified and saved to the OneDrive folder and any folder you set to sync with OneDrive.

    If I understand you correctly, you could only have the OneDrive folder on your PC syncing, and save to it when you want it synced to online OneDrive.

    Choose Folders for OneDrive Selective Sync in Windows 10
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