How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 11

How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 11

Using OneDrive is a great idea if you have some important files that you'd like to securely backup, especially if you'd like to sync these to multiple computers or mobile devices. However, it's understandable that some people will not wish to use this cloud feature and would like to disable OneDrive entirely.

  1. To disable it from running, right click the OneDrive icon in the taskbar and select Settings:


  2. Now select the Settings tab and uncheck the "Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows" box. Then click OK:


  3. You'll then need to right click the OneDrive icon again and select Quit OneDrive, to exit it for the final time:


  4. Now OneDrive has stopped running and will not load when you sign in to your account. If you wish to re-active it, you can simply search for OneDrive on the start menu and re-select the automatic start checkbox.

Uninstall OneDrive

If you would like to go a step further, it's possible to permanently uninstall OneDrive from your system using this tutorial.
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