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[Working] 6 Ways to Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 11

If you are using Windows 11, you must have often come across the annoying Onedrive sync message that pops out of nowhere. Fortunately, Microsoft allows you to disable or remove it from the operating system. In this article, you will learn 6 ways to disable OneDrive in Windows 11. You can further improve your productivity in Windows 11 by using its hidden features.

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Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 11

Remove Background Apps Permission and Terminate App

If you don’t wish to uninstall OneDrive from your system but want to avoid it from running automatically, then you need to manually terminate the app and prevent it from running in the background. Follow these steps for an easy fix.

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Expand Apps in the left sidebar and click on Apps and Features.

  • Search for OneDrive and open its properties by clicking on Advanced Options.

  • Set Background Apps Permission to Never and scroll further down the page.
  • Click on the Terminate button to exit any running instance in the system.

  • That’s it. OneDrive will not run on its own now until you manually open it.

Remove OneDrive from Windows Startup Services

Windows Startup services include the list of apps that start as soon as the system boots up. Removing the OneDrive app from startup services will ensure that the app won’t automatically start at boot. Hence, it will prevent the app from sending any unnecessary sync notification to the user. Follow these steps for a quick fix.

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Click on Apps to expand options and choose Startup.

  • Locate the OneDrive app and toggle it off.

Uninstall Microsoft OneDrive

One of the most effective ways to avoid unnecessary sync notifications from OneDrive is to uninstall the app from the system. Follow these steps to remove Microsoft OneDrive app from Windows 11.

  • Open the Settings app on your device.

  • In the left sidebar, expand Apps and click on Apps and Features.

  • Scroll down to locate OneDrive and click on the three-dot icon in front of it.
  • Click on Uninstall to remove the app from your system.

Use Group Policy Editor to Disable OneDrive

Group Policy Editor is a Windows administrative tool that helps the user to personalize the Windows experience and important services. You can use this tool to disable OneDrive for file storage. This will prevent the app from sending any sync notifications.

  • Open the Run window by pressing Windows key + R simultaneously.
  • Type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit the enter key.

  • Navigate to the following path:

Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> OneDrive

  • Double Click on Prevent the usage of OneDrive for File Storage to open settings.

  • Change the Settings to Disabled and click on Ok.

Make use of Registry Editor to Disable OneDrive

Another effective way to disable Microsoft OneDrive app is with the help of Registry Editor. Follow these simple steps for a quick fix.

  • Open the Run window by simultaneously pressing Windows + R key combination.
  • Type ‘regedit‘ and press enter key.

  • Click on yes when prompted to provide administrative access privileges.
  • Navigate to the following path:

Computer>HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Policies>Microsoft>Windows>OneDrive

  • If you can’t find the OneDrive folder here, then you need to create one in the Windows directory.
  • Right-click on the Windows folder and click on New and then select Key.
  • Name the Key to OneDrive.

  • Right-click on this newly created key and click on New and then select DWORD (32-bit value).

  • Rename this DWORD value to DisableFileSyncNGSC and then double click on it to set its value.

  • Enter the value to 1 and save changes.

  • That’s it. You’ve successfully disabled OneDrive file sync in Windows 11.

Bonus: Use Command Prompt to kill and Uninstall OneDrive

If you don’t wish to go into more technical details to uninstall the app, you can directly try to force close and uninstall the OneDrive process to remove it from Windows 11.

  • Open the Run window by pressing Windows key+R key combination.
  • Type cmd and hit enter key.

  • Enter the following 2 commands one by one:

For 32 Bit System: taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe

%SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe  /uninstall

For 64 Bit System: taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe

%SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe  /uninstall

  • The first command will force close the process and the second command will uninstall it.

  • After executing the second command, you will receive an uninstaller popup from OneDrive to uninstall the app. Follow the steps in the uninstaller window to uninstall the app completely.

  • Congratulations. You’ve successfully uninstalled OneDrive from Windows 11.

Wrapping Up

So, that’s a wrap for ‘6 ways to Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 11’. I hope that you’ve achieved disabling it so that you don’t get distracted with the unnecessary popup messages anymore. If this article has helped you, then hit the Like button and share this among your friends to help them increase their productivity. As always, stay tuned for how-tos like this.

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