How to Remove OneDrive From Windows 10 Computers

Don't need or want Microsoft's cloud storage? Here's what to do

How to remove OneDrive

One of Microsoft’s many strengths is the integration between services like Office 365 and OneDrive, its cloud storage service. For folks who would rather use other storage methods like Google Drive or their local hard drive, you can save a few GB of space and some CPU power on your Windows 10 PC by turning OneDrive off. Here’s how to do it. 

Warning: If you go through with either of the following procedures, Office365 users will lose the ability to sync files between computers on the same account. For example, you’ll be unable to save a shopping list Word document on a computer, then check updates to the file on your phone. Additionally, Office365 defaults to saving its files in cloud storage on OneDrive, so anything saved there will only be accessible by signing in to OneDrive.com.

How to Disable OneDrive on Windows 10

Turning OneDrive off is a fairly easy process, you just have to disconnect your Microsoft account from the service, which will disable OneDrive in Windows 10 and save your PC from constant updates and data syncing from the cloud to your local hard drive or SSD.

Unlink OneDrive
  1. Select the OneDrive icon in your taskbar, then select more.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. If necessary, select the Account tab.
  4. Select Unlink this PC under your account name.
  5. Select Unlink account.
  6. That’s it! Your Microsoft account will be unlinked from your PC. Any files synced to your OneDrive folder locally will still be there.

How to Uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10

After unlinking your account, you may want to remove OneDrive entirely, thereby saving you from seeing the occasional notification stating you need to update the OneDrive app to continue using it.

Add Remove Programs
  1. Go to the Add/Remove Programs system setting. An easy way to get there is to select the Start button, then type “programs” in the search field.
  2. Select Add or remove programs from the next menu that appears.
  3. Scroll down the Apps and Features list until you see Microsoft OneDrive.
  4. Select the Microsoft OneDrive icon.
  5. Select the Uninstall button that appears next.
  6. Confirm you want to uninstall Onedrive on the next screen, and the program will be removed from your PC
  7. You’re done! OneDrive will bother you no more!
Uninstall OneDrive

Note: Occasionally, uninstalling OneDrive will fail and return you to the Apps and Features list. Simply restart your PC, and you should be able to repeat the above steps to remove OneDrive from your Windows 10 PC.