How to Adjust OneDrive Sync Upload and Download Rate in Windows 11

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The article highlights how to control the upload and download rate of the OneDrive app in Windows 11. It outlines steps to setup OneDrive, manage large unimportant files, access help and settings, and configure advanced settings. The information enables users to limit their OneDrive network bandwidth usage, especially if their network is slow or mobile.

This article describes the steps to control the OneDrive app upload and download rate in Windows 11.

The OneDrive app lets you sync files and folders on your computer with Microsoft cloud, allowing you to access them anywhere on your mobile devices and other computers using the service.

By default, your device’s essential folders (your DesktopDocuments, and Pictures folders) will automatically be backed up to Microsoft cloud online.

With the OneDrive app, you can choose how much of your network bandwidth you use. You can limit the upload and download throughput to a fixed rate so that you can use the network for other things.

You can also pause OneDrive syncing temporarily if you are on a slow or mobile network.

Control the OneDrive app upload and download rate in Windows 11

As described above, with the OneDrive app, you can choose how much of your network bandwidth you use. You can also pause OneDrive syncing temporarily if you are on a slow network.

Here’s how to control the OneDrive app upload and download rate.

First, set up OneDrive in Windows 11. Then, if you identify large unimportant files and folders you don’t want to download, go and open the OneDrive app.

You can do that from the Start menu or browse the OneDrive installed location at (“C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\OneDrive.exe “).

You can also quickly access the OneDrive icon from the Taskbar overflow.

onedrive icon on the taskbar overview
onedrive icons on the taskbar overview

When the app opens, click on the Help & Settings (gear) icon and then on Settings.

onedrive help and settings button
onedrive help and settings button

On the Settings pane, under Sync and backup, click the “Advanced settings” link to expand.

onedrive sync and backup advanced settings
onedrive Sync and advanced backup settings

Expand the Limit download rate and Limit upload rate tiles on the Advanced settings section, then configure your settings.

  • Limit the download rate:
    • If you turned on Limit download rate, enter a Limit to the rate.
  • Limit upload rate:
    • If you turned on the Limit upload rate, choose one of these: 
      • Adjust automatically
      • Limit to: Enter the rate.

Adjust automatically = This setting enables the OneDrive sync client (OneDrive.exe) to upload data in the background by only consuming unused bandwidth and not interfering with other applications using the network.

onedrive app limit download and upload rate
onedrive app limit download and upload rate

Save your changes, and you are done. Finally, you can close the OneDrive app.

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/change-the-onedrive-sync-app-upload-or-download-rate-71cc69da-2371-4981-8cc8-b4558bdda56e

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to control or limit the OneDrive app download and upload network rate in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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