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Pause and Resume OneDrive Syncing in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

If you want to stop OneDrive syncing for a short time on your computer, you can Pause and Resume your sync. For example, if you are on a metered or slow internet connection.

Pausing and Resuming can also help if OneDrive status displays “Processing changes” for a long time.

This tutorial will show you how to pause and resume OneDrive syncing for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change OneDrive Sync Upload and Download Rate in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

You can choose how much of your network bandwidth is used for OneDrive sync Upload rate and Download rate.

This tutorial will show you how to change the OneDrive sync upload rate and download rate for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing on Metered Network in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is on a metered Wi-Fi or Ethernet network by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when on a metered network for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing in Battery Saver Mode in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they’re protected and available on other devices.

The battery saver feature helps conserve power when a system is running on battery. When battery saver is on, some Windows features are disabled or behave differently. Using battery saver is the easiest way to extend battery life.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is in battery saver mode by default.

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when in battery saver mode for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Set OneDrive Files On-Demand Status States in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to set OneDrive Files On-Demand status states for files and folders for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive Files On-Demand in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files and folders between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your cloud storage in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use file storage space on your Windows device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

You will know that Files On-Demand is turned on if you see the status icons next to your files in File Explorer.

With OneDrive Files On-Demand, you can:

  • Save space on your device by making files online only
  • Set files and folders to be always available locally on your device
  • See important information about files, such as whether they are shared
  • See thumbnails of over 300 different file types even if you don’t have the required application installed to open it

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off OneDrive Files On-Demand for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Choose which OneDrive Folders to Sync in Windows 11

You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you don’t want to sync all of your folders in OneDrive (cloud) to your computer, you can choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to choose which OneDrive folders to sync to your computer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove OneDrive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove OneDrive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Turn On or Off OneDrive Run at Startup in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

OneDrive is set to start automatically when you sign in (aka: “run at startup”) to Windows 11 by default.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off start OneDrive automatically at sign in for your account in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive in Windows 11

OneDrive is built-in to Windows 11 by default.

With OneDrive, you can sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere – your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

If you like, you can disable OneDrive in Windows 11.

If you disable OneDrive integration:

  • Users can’t open the OneDrive app.
  • The OneDrive app will not run at startup for all users.
  • Windows Store apps can’t access OneDrive using the WinRT API.
  • OneDrive doesn’t appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer for all users.
  • OneDrive files aren’t kept in sync with the cloud.
  • Users can’t automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the OneDrive feature for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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How to Enable or Disable OneDrive On This Day Notifications in Android

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

The OneDrive On This Day feature reminds you of photos and videos stored to your OneDrive from years past to relive old memories.

When you Sign in to OneDrive and have it running, photos and videos stored to your OneDrive folder on your Android phone will sync to your online OneDrive > Photos > On this day by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the OneDrive “On this day” memories are available notifications in Android.

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How to Enable or Disable Show Photos on OneDrive On This Day Notification in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

The OneDrive On This Day feature reminds you of photos and videos stored to your OneDrive from years past to relive old memories.

When you Sign in to OneDrive and have it running, photos and videos stored to your OneDrive folder on your PC will sync to your online OneDrive > Photos > On this day by default.

OneDrive will show your photos on the “On This Day” notification banner by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show photos on the OneDrive “On this day” memories are available notification for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable OneDrive On This Day Notifications in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

The OneDrive On This Day feature reminds you of photos and videos stored to your OneDrive from years past to relive old memories.

When you Sign in to OneDrive and have it running, photos and videos stored to your OneDrive folder on your PC will sync to your online OneDrive > Photos > On this day by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the OneDrive “On this day” memories are available notifications for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable OneDrive Sync Auto-paused Notification in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

Once you Sign in to OneDrive and have it running, OneDrive will automatically sync your chosen files and folders with your PC.

Windows 10 will automatically pause OneDrive sync when the device is in battery saver mode, and/or when the device is on a metered Ethernet or metered wireless network.

When OneDrive sync pauses automatically, you will get a notification by default letting you know with an option to sync anyway.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable notifications when OneDrive sync pauses automatically for your account in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable OneDrive ‘Deleted files are removed everywhere’ dialog in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service that comes with your Microsoft account. OneDrive is integrated into Windows 10 where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive from any PC, tablet, or phone.

When you delete OneDrive files on your PC that are synced to online OneDrive, you will see a “Deleted files are removed everywhere” reminder notification dialog by default.

Files you delete from your OneDrive are no longer available across your devices or on the web. You can restore them from your OneDrive recycle bin within the next 30 days.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the OneDrive ‘Deleted files are removed everywhere’ notification dialog for your account in Windows 10.

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How to View, Restore, Download, and Delete Previous Versions of Files on OneDrive

OneDrive is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. Save your files online to OneDrive and you will be able to view, browse, upload, and share them from any PC, tablet, or phone.

OneDrive is built into Windows 10 by default, and you can find your OneDrive files through File Explorer.

The version history feature included with OneDrive allows you to see and restore older versions of your files stored in OneDrive using Windows File Explorer, Mac Finder, and Microsoft 365 web apps. Version history works with all file types, including Microsoft 365 files, PDFs, CAD files, photos, videos, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to view, restore, download, and delete previous versions of files saved on OneDrive in Windows 10 and onedrive.live.com.

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How to Change OneDrive Personal Vault Inactivity Lock Time in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

OneDrive runs on the trusted Microsoft cloud, which has many security measures in place to keep your files safe. But Microsoft understands that some people want more protection for their most important and sensitive files, which is why they are introducing Personal Vault.

Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files and photos without sacrificing the convenience of anywhere access.

Personal Vault adds to the robust privacy and security that OneDrive currently offers, including file encryption at rest and in transit, suspicious activity monitoring, ransomware detection and recovery, mass file deletion notification and recovery, virus scanning on download for known threats, and version history for all file types.

You will need to set up OneDrive Personal Vault separately on each device where you want to use it.

Just enter a PIN, or use your fingerprint, face, or a code delivered by email or SMS1 to unlock and access your files—no need to remember multiple passwords. Additionally, Personal Vault can be unlocked with the Microsoft Authenticator app. Whichever way you choose, unlocking is quick, convenient, and helps secure your data.

Personal Vault uses more than just two-step verification to help keep your files safe and private. On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive. And like all files in OneDrive, the contents of your Personal Vault are encrypted at-rest in the Microsoft cloud and in-transit to your device. For further protection on mobile devices, it is recommend that you enable encryption on your iOS or Android device. Together, these measures help keep your files protected even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it.

Personal Vault automatically locks after a period of inactivity (20 minutes on the web, 3 minutes on a mobile app) and then you need to unlock it to get at your files again. All your documents, photos, and videos in Personal Vault are easy to access from onedrive.com, your PC, or other capable devices.

You can change the Personal Vault inactivity lock time to be 20 minutes (default), 1 hour, 2 hours, or 4 hours.

This tutorial will show you how to change the OneDrive Personal Vault inactivity lock time for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Lock OneDrive Personal Vault in Windows 10

OneDrive is a cloud-based storage service where you can view, browse, upload, and share the files you saved online to OneDrive.

OneDrive runs on the trusted Microsoft cloud, which has many security measures in place to keep your files safe. But Microsoft understands that some people want more protection for their most important and sensitive files, which is why they are introducing Personal Vault.

Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files and photos without sacrificing the convenience of anywhere access.

Personal Vault adds to the robust privacy and security that OneDrive currently offers, including file encryption at rest and in transit, suspicious activity monitoring, ransomware detection and recovery, mass file deletion notification and recovery, virus scanning on download for known threats, and version history for all file types.

You will need to set up Personal Vault separately on each device where you want to use it.

Just enter a PIN, or use your fingerprint, face, or a code delivered by email or SMS1 to unlock and access your files—no need to remember multiple passwords. Additionally, Personal Vault can be unlocked with the Microsoft Authenticator app. Whichever way you choose, unlocking is quick, convenient, and helps secure your data.

Personal Vault uses more than just two-step verification to help keep your files safe and private. On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive. And like all files in OneDrive, the contents of your Personal Vault are encrypted at-rest in the Microsoft cloud and in-transit to your device. For further protection on mobile devices, it is recommend that you enable encryption on your iOS or Android device. Together, these measures help keep your files protected even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it.

Personal Vault automatically relocks on your PC, device, or online after a short period of inactivity. Once locked, any files you were using will also lock and require reauthentication to access. There’s no need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your file open—both will close and lock automatically after inactivity (20 minutes on the web, 3 minutes on a mobile app).

This tutorial will show you how to manually lock your OneDrive Personal Vault at any time in Windows 10.

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