How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 (5 Best ways)

Ways to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 via Unlink this PC, Uninstalling, Regedit, Gpedit, and Pause syncing.

disable OneDrive in Windows 11

You might be a lover of cloud storage such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or others and want to quit the Windows 11 built-in OneDrive. However, Microsoft has configured the OneDrive to work as a native cloud service on Windows 11 but many people want to get rid of this. There are simple ways using which you can disable OneDrive in Windows 11.

To deactivate and uninstall the cloud service functionality, you can use Registry settings, Group Policy Editor, and its Settings. Furthermore, you can pause the Sync for a certain time such as 2, 8, and 24 hours. The Settings, uninstallation, regedit, and Gpedit methods will completely disable OneDrive, and Pause Syncing will temporarily.

Disable OneDrive in Windows 11

Here is How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 –

Way-1: Using Unlink this PC

  1. Click OneDrive Cloud icon from the taskbar (Note: If you can’t see the icon, first of all, click on Search, Type onedriive, and hit Enter).
  2. Next, click – Help & Settings.
  3. Select – ‘Settings’.
How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11
  1. Click – Unlink this PC.
Unlink this PC
  1. On the confirmation dialog, select – ‘Unlink account’.
Unlink account onedrive

Way-2: By uninstalling OneDrive

Additionally, you can uninstall OneDrive to disable the built-in cloud in Windows 11 as one of the best methods using the following steps –

  1. Press the – Win+I.
  2. Select – Apps.
  3. On the right pane, scroll down and locate Microsoft OneDrive.
  4. Click on 3 dots icon and select – Uninstall.
How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 by uninstalling
  1. A small pop-up will appear, again click “Uninstall” there.
uninstall onedrive
  1. On the User account control warning dialog, select – Yes.
user account control for uninstalling onedrive
  1. Wait for a little until the OneDrive is removed and reboot your PC.

Way-3: Through Group Policy Editor

  1. Click the – Start.
  2. Type in – gpedit.
  3. Press the – Enter key.
How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 Through Group Policy Editor
  1. When Group Policy Editor appears, navigate to –
Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive
  1. Double click РPrevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage from the right pane.
Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage
  1. Select Enabled from the Policy Setting window.
  2. Click Apply then OK.
enable Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage

Way-4: Via Registry Editor

  1. Press Winkey.
  2. Type – Regedit.
  3. Hit – Enter.
How to disable OneDrive in Windows 11 Via Registry Editor
  1. Click Yes on the UAC confirmation pop-up.
  2. Once the Registry Editor opens up, copy the below string, paste it into its address bar and press the Enter key –


  1. Go to the right pane and double click the DWORD DisableFileSyncNGSC.
  2. In the Value data field, put in 1 and click OK.
  3. In case you can’t find DisableFileSyncNGSC DWORD or OneDrive key then create a new one and change the Value data. You can find the help here – How to create a new key in Registry Editor Windows 11.
DisableFileSyncNGSC dword value
  1. Finally, restart your computer to see the effect of changes in the entry.

Way-5: Using Pause Syncing

If you want to temporarily disable OneDrive for a period of time Windows 11 provides 3 options. You can see the method for the same here too – How to Pause Syncing in OneDrive for 2, 8 and 24 Hours. Furthermore, you can follow the steps –

  1. Click on OneDrive icon from the Notification area on taskbar.
  2. Click – Help & Settings.
  3. Choose anyone from 2 hours, 8 hours, and 24 hours that fulfills your need.
disable OneDrive in Windows 11 by pause syncing
  1. After the time gets over the syncing will be automatically started.

Methods list:
Way-1: Using Unlink this PC
Way-2: By uninstalling OneDrive
Way-3: Through Group Policy Editor
Way-4: Via Registry Editor
Way-5: Using Pause Syncing

That’s all!!

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Topics:  Windows 11
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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.