How to Pause or Resume OneDrive Syncing in Windows 11

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The post instructs students or new users on how to pause and resume OneDrive file syncing on Windows 11. Pausing can be automatic during battery saver mode, metered network connection, or Airplane mode, or manual through the Taskbar. Resuming sync is also achievable via the Taskbar. This guide enhances the performance of your PC and reliable data backup.

This post shows students and new users steps to pause or resume OneDrive file syncing when using Windows 11. Windows allows you to choose where to save files by default. If you select to save your files and documents to OneDrive, your data will automatically be backed up across multiple devices.

When OneDrive files syncing is enabled and working, your files are backed up in case your PC is damaged or lost. However, files must sync between your PC and OneDrive, and syncing can slow down your PC or create other performance issues.

OneDrive will automatically pause syncing of your files when your computer enters battery saver mode when your network connection is metered or in Airplane mode. It will automatically resume when your computer is in stable condition again, or Airplane mode is disabled.

You can also manually pause OneDrive file syncing in Windows 11. If you’re running into some issues with performance, you can temporarily pause OneDrive and resume later when you can use OneDrive again.

If you want to pause OneDrive manually, follow the steps below to do that in Windows 11.

How to pause OneDrive syncing in Windows 11

Again, you can manually pause OneDrive syncing easily from its app control settings from the Taskbar.

To pause OneDrive sync, look for the OneDrive icon on the Taskbar near the notification area. If you don’t see the OneDrive icon, click the little up arrow to show the hidden apps.

Then click on Help & Settings, as highlighted below.

On the Help & Settings context menu, click on Pause syncing, then select how long to pause syncing of your files.

The options are:

  • 2 hours
  • 8 hours
  • 24 hours

OneDrive will automatically pause file syncing of your files for the time selected. You’ll know that data isn’t syncing to the cloud because the OneDrive icon will include a “paused” badge.

How to resume files syncing on OneDrive

If you want to resume file syncing with OneDrive, click the cloud icon again on the Taskbar and select Help & Settings.

On the Help & Settings context menu, select Resume syncing as highlighted below.

OneDrive will connect and begin syncing your files again.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to pause or resume OneDrive file syncing in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. I have Windows 11; When I open One Drive there is no place to Resume Sync when I go in to “help and settings”.

  2. i am not able to see microsoft one drive i have also did settings in taskbar but icon is not coming ion taskbar

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