How to Disconnect Google Drive on Windows 11

Disconnect Google Drive on Windows

The article provides a guide on how to disconnect Google Drive from a Windows machine. This process stops synchronization of files between the device and the cloud storage. Reasons for disconnecting can range from wanting to cease syncing files to intending to switch to alternative cloud storage services, like Dropbox or OneDrive.

This article explains how to disconnect Google Drive from a Windows machine.

Google Drive is a cloud storage and file synchronization service developed by Google. It allows users to store and share files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and collaborate with others in real time.

One can configure many settings with the Google Drive app on Windows. Users can install and start Google Drive at loginstream Google Drive to a folder or driver letterpause syncingadd files and photos to sync with Google Drivestream or mirror their files on Google Drive, and more.

With Google Drive’s benefits, some people might still have reasons to use another service like Dropbox or OneDrive.

There can be multiple reasons why someone would want to disconnect Google Drive from a Windows machine. One of the most common reasons could be that the user wants to stop syncing files between their device and Google Drive.

It could also be that the user wants to switch to another cloud storage service or stop using Google Drive altogether. Whatever the reason, disconnecting Google Drive from a Windows machine is a simple process that can be completed in just a few steps.

Disconnect Google Drive in Windows

As mentioned, users can disconnect Google Drive to stop syncing their files. Once disconnected, files will no longer sync to the cloud.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Google Drive flyout window from the notification area. You can do that by clicking the Taskbar overflow and selecting the Google Drive icon to open its flyout window.

Pause and resume syncing to Google Drive

When the flyout opens, select the Settings (gear) at the top of the screen and click Preferences.

Sync files with Google Drive and photos with Google Photos

On the Preferences page, select the Setting gear at the top right to open the Settings page.

Google Drive launch on login on or off

On the Settings page, click on the link “Disconnect account” to disconnect Google Drive on a Windows machine.

Diconnect Google Drive on Windows

Files streaming from Google Drive, including those marked “Available offline,” will no longer be available on your computer.

Click the Disconnect button to stop file streaming from Google Drive.

Once disconnected, the machine will no longer sync files to the cloud using Google Drive.

That should do it!


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