How to Pause and Resume Sync in OneDrive

As you may already know, OneDrive desktop client in Microsoft Windows 10 continuously sync your local data to the cloud almost instantly. While this function is highly useful, it is also responsible for reducing your laptop’s battery and consuming more data. In conditions when you’re running short of the laptop’s battery or internet date, you can pause the sync process to keep your laptop running for an extended period. Find out how one can pause OneDrive Sync in Windows 10.

  • Step 1:  Click on the OneDrive Taskbar Icon 

Locate and click on the OneDrive’s icon that you can find in the Windows 10 notification tray. 


  • Step 2: Click on Help & Settings 

When the OneDrive interface is opened, click on the Help & Settings option. You will find more options expanded. Find the Pause Syncing tab and click on it.

  • Step 3: Select a Timeline

Choose how long you wish to pause OneDrive sync from 2 hours, 8 hours, and 24 hours options. 

  • Step 4: Check the OneDrive Status

Once OneDrive stops syncing files, It will display in the notification bar that the files are currently not syncing. Also, the OneDrive icon in the notification area of the taskbar appears differently with a pause symbol in the logo.

  • Step 5: Resume Syncing

Syncing will automatically resume once the selected time period completes. If you wish to resume syncing before the specified time, click on the pause button in the OneDrive tray.

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