How to Stop OneDrive from Starting up Automatically on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to stop OneDrive from automatically opening everytime one logs in to Windows 11. OneDrive, a Microsoft cloud and backup storage that synchronizes your files across all devices will automatically startup everytime a user signs into Windows. If you won’t use OneDrive all the time and want to disable this behavior, the steps below will show you how to do that.

When you install OneDrive on Windows 11, it automatically adds its icon on the taskbar. You can right-click OneDrive app icon on the taskbar and close it. However, the next time you log back onto Windows 11, OneDrive app will automatically start up again.

If you don’t want the OneDrive service to automatically start up every time, use the steps below to prevent OneDrive app from starting up when you login.

To get started with disabling OneDrive from starting up automatically on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to prevent OneDrive from starting up automatically on Windows 11

As mentioned above, by default, OneDrive service will automatically start up when you sign into Windows. You can turn this behavior off when using Windows and the steps below show you how to do that.

With OneDrive installed, you can disable auto start via the Task Manager. To do that, click on the Start button, then search for Task Manager. Under Best match, click the Task Manager app.

Click the Startup tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More Details first.

Next, look for Microsoft OneDrive in the list, right-click it, and select Disable. Windows won’t open OneDrive automatically when you sign in anymore.

How to disable OneDrive auto start from the app

You can also disable OneDrive from automatically starting up on Windows from the app. On the taskbar, right-click on the OneDrive icon. If you don’t see the icon, click the upward facing caret to show the hidden app icons.

On the fly-out window that shows up, click the Settings gear at the top right, then select Preferences.

On the Settings, under Settings, uncheck the highlighted box that reads: Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows.

Click the OK button to save your settings and exit. That should do it!


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