Turn off or uninstall OneDrive

Turn off or uninstall OneDrive

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

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

Unlink OneDrive

  1. In the Notifications area on the bottom of the Windows screen, right-click the OneDrive icon. You might have to click the Show Hidden Icons arrow to find OneDrive.

    OneDrive app in System Tray

  2. Click Settings and 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. In the Notifications area on the bottom of the Windows screen, right-click the OneDrive icon. You might have to click the Show Hidden Icons arrow to find OneDrive.

    OneDrive app in System Tray

  2. Click Settings, and on the Settings tab, uncheck all the boxes under General.

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

  4. On the Account tab, click Choose folders.

  5. 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.

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

  7. Open the Settings box again: In the Notifications area, right-click the OneDrive icon, click Settings. On the Account tab, click Unlink OneDrive. Close the Welcome to OneDrive box that appears.

  8. 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.

  9. One more time, back in the Notifications area, right-click the OneDrive icon and click Exit. 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 tap or click 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, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.

  3. Under PC settings, tap or click 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.

The OneDrive app comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 and cannot be uninstalled, but you can uninstall OneDrive from Windows 7, Windows Vista and some versions of Windows 10. OneDrive cannot be uninstalled from Windows 10 phones.

If it's uninstalled, your OneDrive folder will stop syncing, but any files or data you have in OneDrive will still be available when you sign in at 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 7 or Windows Vista

  1. Click the Start button, then in the search box, type 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.

Need more help?

Fixes or workarounds for recent issues in OneDrive

Get help by emailing the OneDrive support team. In a OneDrive mobile app, shake the device to get help or share feedback on OneDrive.

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