OneDrive Not Syncing? How to Force OneDrive to Sync files!

If you are facing issues with OneDrive not syncing between computers or experiencing OneDrive sync pending or stuck, there are various solutions you can try to force OneDrive to sync.

Why OneDrive is not Syncing Files?

There could be multiple reasons why OneDrive is not syncing, such as an unstable internet connection, an almost full OneDrive account, an outdated OneDrive version, exceeding file size limit or filename limitation, forgetting to sign in to OneDrive, and more.

However, don’t worry, as there are proven ways to force sync OneDrive effectively, which are discussed below.

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How to Force OneDrive to Sync files on Windows

1. Restart OneDrive

Restarting OneDrive can resolve sync issues and restart the OneDrive sync engine to sync folders correctly. There are two ways to restart OneDrive:

Restart OneDrive Manually

Manually Restart OneDrive Desktop App:

1. Click the OneDrive icon on the system tray or menu bar, then click the Help & Settings icon (gear icon).

2. Select the Quit OneDrive option.

3. Confirm the action by clicking Close OneDrive.

4. Then, search for OneDrive in the Windows Search box or Spotlight and restart it.

Restart OneDrive using Run

Restart OneDrive Using Run:

1. Press the Win + R key combination to open the Run tool.

2. Now execute the following commands one by one:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /shutdown start %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe /background

2. Pause and Resume Syncing for OneDrive

OneDrive allows you to pause and resume syncing to restart the sync engine, check for file changes, and sync any changes to the server and other devices.

1. Click the OneDrive icon on the system tray or menu bar.

2. Select the Help & Settings gear icon.

3. Click on Pause Syncing, and choose a time duration.

4. To resume syncing, follow the same steps and click on Resume Syncing.

3: Reset OneDrive

Resetting OneDrive can resolve OneDrive sync issues and reset all OneDrive settings. OneDrive performs a full sync after resetting, and no data is lost. To reset OneDrive,

1. Press the Win + R key combination to open Run dialog.

2. Enter one of the following commands:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

4. Manually Sync OneDrive

If OneDrive is not syncing files, manually sync the files to OneDrive. Simply drag and drop the files and folders to the OneDrive folder, or upload them to the OneDrive site.

5. Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand

To fix OneDrive sync issues, disable the Files On-Demand option in OneDrive settings.

1. Click the OneDrive icon on the system tray or menu bar.

2. Select Help & Settings gear icon on the top-right.

3. Go to Settings from there.

4. Switch to the Sync and backup tab and click on the Advanced settings option.

5. Click on the Download all OneDrive files now button under the Files On-Demand section.

6. Click Continue on the pop-up window to download all OneDrive files to the computer and force OneDrive to update files.

Your OneDrive files and folders will get downloaded locally on your PC and your OneDrive will get restarted automatically.

If you’re struggling to sync your OneDrive files, don’t worry! There are five solutions you can try to force a sync. Each solution comes with detailed instructions to guide you through the process.

Alternatively, if you’d rather not manually force a sync, there’s an even better way to keep your files synced to OneDrive automatically.

Another great feature of OneDrive is the ability to back up your files and keep multiple backup versions. This means you can easily restore files to any version you like and keep your data safe and secure.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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