Stop syncing a library with the OneDrive for Business app

If you’ve synced OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint site library to folders on your computer, you can stop syncing these folders at any time. When you stop syncing a folder, you disconnect the folder on your computer from the library on the server. You can always sync the library to your computer again.

Why stop syncing a library? Usually, because you no longer need to sync updates between the folder and the library on the server, perhaps because you’ve completed a project. Sometimes, however, something goes wrong with the connection between the folder and the library on the server. Rather than trying to fix the problem, it may be easier to stop the current sync relationship, and start syncing the library again, as if for the first time.

 Note    If you’re having sync problems, you can also run Repair. Repair disconnects and reconnects all libraries you’re currently syncing.

You can also pause syncing a folder. This allows you to temporarily stop syncing a folder without disconnecting it from the library on the server. You might pause syncing if you don’t want to use your system resources for syncing at the present time. You can resume syncing at any time.

Note SkyDrive is now OneDrive, and SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business. Read more about this change at From SkyDrive to OneDrive.

To stop syncing a library:

  1. Select the OneDrive for Business icon at the bottom of your screen, and then select Stop syncing a folder…
    Stop syncinc a folder command in the OneDrive for Business menu
  2. Select the folder you want to stop syncing, and then select Stop syncing.

When you stop syncing a folder, the folder is disconnected from its library. All files are retained in the previously synced folder. You can sync the library to your computer again at any time.

To pause syncing, select the OneDrive for Business icon in the Windows notification area, and then select Pause syncing. A pause icon overlays the OneDrive for Business icon:

SharePoint library folders with syncing paused

This pauses syncing for all libraries you’ve synced to your computer. To resume syncing, select the OneDrive for Business icon in the Windows notification area, and then select Resume syncing.

 
 
Applies to:
OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online Enterprise (E1), SharePoint Online Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online Small Business, SharePoint Online Website, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard