How to exclude your OneDrive pictures from the Photos app

Windows 10's Photos app can show your entire collection of photos and videos, from the ones stored locally on your computer or device, to those you keep in your OneDrive cloud storage. However, when using Photos, some users don't like the fact that it also shows the pictures and videos that they stored in OneDrive alongside those stored locally. Some users want to view only what is saved on their Windows 10 computers or devices. If you're one of them, here is how to configure the Photos app to stop displaying your OneDrive photos and videos:

How to exclude your OneDrive pictures from the Photos app in Windows 10

First of all, you must open the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC, laptop, tablet, or 2-in-1 device. A quick way to do it is to click or tap on its tile in the Start Menu. However, there are other ways too, and you can find them all here: 9 ways to start the Photos app in Windows 10.

The Photos tile from the Start Menu

On the top-right corner of the Photos app, you should see a small button called See more, which is easy to identify by its icon, that resembles three suspension dots. Click or tap on it.

The See more menu button from the Photos app

On the menu that shows up, click or tap on Settings, at the bottom.

The Settings option from the Photos menu

The Photos app loads its Settings page where you should find a section called Microsoft OneDrive.

The setting we require is called "Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive."

The Microsoft OneDrive settings available in the Settings app

NOTE: If this setting is On, you can see cloud-only content from your OneDrive in the Photos app, and you can also select, using the option under it, whether you want to only see the items stored in your OneDrive Pictures folder, or all the pictures and videos from any folder in your OneDrive. The default setting is "Pictures folder only."

Photos can show cloud-only content from the OneDrive pictures folder or all the OneDrive folders

If you want to stop Photos from loading your OneDrive pictures and videos, turn the "Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive" switch to Off.

The Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive switch

Once you've disabled Photos from displaying the cloud-only content from your OneDrive, you might think that nothing had happened, after returning to your photo collection. However, do not panic, all you have to do is wait, as Photos updates its catalog. It takes just a while longer than you'd expect. For us, it took about a minute until the app refreshed, but once it did, all the cloud-only content from OneDrive disappeared from Photos.

To test it out, we made a "before and after" screenshot of the Photos app. Here is the before screenshot, in which we had some wallpapers stored only in OneDrive, shown right at the beginning of our photo Collection.

Photos showing cloud-only content from OneDrive

Once we disabled the display of our cloud-only content from OneDrive, all those wallpapers are no longer shown.

Photos not showing cloud-only content from OneDrive

That's all, folks! 🙂

NOTE: If you want to know more about the Photos app from Windows 10, and what it can do, read: 14 things you can do with the Photos app from Windows 10.

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As you can see, setting the Photos app to stop showing your cloud-only pictures from OneDrive is easy, as long as you know where to look for the appropriate setting. If you have any questions about this app or the procedure shared in this guide, do not hesitate to leave us a comment below.

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