How to turn off Auto Save to OneDrive on Windows 11 & 10

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If you are using a PC or laptop running on Windows 10 or Windows 11, then depending upon the settings, your computer might be automatically uploading your Files, Photos, Videos, Screenshots, documents, etc to OneDrive. If you are annoyed by this because it is filling up your cloud storage with unnecessary items.

Then worry not in this tutorial we are going to show you how to stop your computer from uploading unnecessary items to OneDrive so that you can save your cloud storage for necessary items. We will also show you how to disable OneDrive in case you want to use other cloud services. Without further due let’s see what we have in our store for you.

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Turn off Auto Save to OneDrive

After signing in to Windows using your Microsoft account, when saving any office file or Photo, OneDrive will prompt you to save Photos, Files, and Documents automatically to OneDrive. However, if you don’t want everything to be autosaved on the cloud, then you can choose various things selectively to not get saved to OneDrive. Here is how you can do that:

1. Stop Screenshots from Autosaving to OneDrive

Not all Screenshots are necessary to be Autosaved. We come across many things for which we take a screenshot to look at it later. At the same time, it is not important to be saved to the cloud. You can follow these steps for stopping the screenshots from getting Autosaved:

Step 1: At the bottom right of the taskbar click on the OneDrive icon and then click on Settings in the popup menu.

1.opening taskbar

Step 2: Microsoft OneDrive PopUp Windows appears, here switch to the Backup tab and uncheck the Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive option, and hit OK.

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From now on, your Screenshots will not be saved to OneDrive. And your OneDrive will not clutter with unnecessary screenshots.

2. Stop AutoSaving of Photos and Videos to OneDrive

If your PC is for Professional Videos and Photo editing then it must have plenty of raw photos and videos. Hence uploading them to OneDrive will cost you lots of your Internet data along with your cloud storage. This happens when you connect your phone, camera, or any other storage to your PC. You can stop Autosaving Photos and Videos by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Reach the Microsoft OneDrive Window by following the steps mentioned above.

1.opening taskbar

Step 2: Here switch to the Backup tab and uncheck Automatically save photos and videos whenever I connect a camera, phone, or other devices to my PC and hit OK.

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Form Now on Windows will not Autosave your photos and videos to OneDrive automatically whenever you connect a camera, phone, or any other device to your PC.

3. Stop Autosaving Folders to OneDrive

Windows Autosave Folders like Dekstop, Documents & Pictures of the user. Usually what happens is that in a hurry you save certain files at the Dekstop destination because you do not have time to save them at a particular location. Hence OneDrive autosaves everything which you put on the desktop whatever it may be. In a way consuming your cloud storage. OneDrive provides a feature by which you can stop the saving of a particular folder. It gives you the option of choosing from three folders namely Desktop, Document & Picture. You can stop autosaving any of them by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Once again reach Microsoft OneDrive by following the same steps mentioned above.

1.opening taskbar

Step 2: Head over to the Backup Tab and click on Manage Backup and then OK.

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Step 3: Just after you click on the OK button you will be welcomed by Manage Folder Backup Windows. Here you will see three folders namely Desktop, Documents & Pictures. You can click on Stop Backup of all three or choose for yourself. Then click on Got it.

select form desktop picture or computer

After this OneDrive will stop the Backup of the folders of your choice.

4. Stop syncing the Office files to OneDrive

This feature is given by Microsoft for saving your Microsoft office files to your cloud storage so that you will have access to it across all devices which are connected by the same Microsoft account. It is a very useful feature though. But sometimes it creates problems cause maybe you don’t want some of your office files on all of your devices. You can also disable this by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Head over to Microsoft OneDrive by following the steps mentioned above.

1.opening taskbar

Step 2: Here head on to the Office tab and uncheck the Use office application to sync Office files that I open option.

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Step 3: As soon as you uncheck OneDrive will not sync your office files anymore.

These were the simple steps that you can follow to stop the auto-sync of your OneDrive account.

How to Disable/Uninstall OneDrive

If you don’t want OneDrive Autosave or want to use other cloud services then you can simply disable or Uninstall OneDrive depending on what options are provided to you by default. To uninstall OneDrive follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Search for the Apps & Features in Windows search and hit open.

apps and feature search

Step 2: Search for OneDrive in the Apps & Features search box. In the search result click on the three dots (in an up-to-down way) then from the drop-down menu hit Uninstall( in some cases disable). It’s gone now. Now you can use any cloud feature of your choice.

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Uninstall OneDrive

Bottom Line

This is the end of this tutorial. In this tutorial, we have exhausted all the options through which the Autosave feature in OneDrive can be disabled. You can certainly disable it too if that’s what you want. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Do tell us how it felt after reading this.

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