6 Methods to Completely Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 11


If you are using Windows 11, you must have often encountered the annoying Onedrive sync message that pops up 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 the hidden features.

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Disable Microsoft OneDrive in Windows 11Remove permission for background apps and quit app

If you don’t want to remove OneDrive from your system, but want to prevent it from running automatically, you must manually terminate the app and prevent it from running in the background. Follow these steps for an easy solution.

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

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

  • Set permission for background apps to Never and scroll further down the page.
  • Click the Quit button to shut down any running instance in the system.

  • That is it. OneDrive will now not work on its own until you open it manually.
Remove OneDrive from Windows Startup Services

Windows Startup Services contains the list of apps that start when the system boots. Removing the OneDrive app from startup services prevents the app from starting automatically on startup. This prevents the app from sending unnecessary sync notifications to the user. Follow these steps for a quick fix.

  • Click Apps to expand the options and choose Startup.

  • Find the OneDrive app and disable it.

Remove Microsoft OneDrive

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

  • Open the Settings app on your device.

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

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