How to uninstall OneDrive from Windows (all versions)

OneDrive is one of the best cloud storage services in the world, but that does not necessarily mean that everyone likes it. If you have it on your Windows computer, but you do not want it, you might be searching for a way to remove it. Maybe you want that because you prefer other cloud services and apps like Google Drive or Dropbox. Or perhaps you do not use cloud storage at all. Whatever your reason is for wanting to uninstall OneDrive from Windows, this guide shows you how it is done, in Windows 10, Windows 7, and in Windows 8.1. Let's begin:

NOTE: This guide is based on the latest versions of Windows available, with all the system updates installed: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. If you are using other versions of Windows, the steps required to disable OneDrive on your system might be slightly different.

How to remove OneDrive from Windows 10

In Windows 10, to get rid of OneDrive from your computer, you only have to uninstall it. The fastest and easiest way to do it is from the Settings app. Start by launching the Settings app. A quick way to do it is to open the Start Menu and then click or tap on the Settings button, or press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard. Then, open the Apps category.

Wait for the Apps & features list to load all the apps available on your system, and then scroll until you find the Microsoft OneDrive app.

Select the Microsoft OneDrive app, and then click or tap the Uninstall button.

Windows 10 tells you that "This app and its related info will be uninstalled" and asks you to confirm your action by pressing the Uninstall button once more. Do that!

Next, you might see a UAC (User Account Control) confirmation screen, on which you have to press Yes if you want to continue.

The OneDrive app is then completely removed from your system and is no longer displayed in Windows 10. You will not see it in the system tray, nor in File Explorer.

Note that you can also remove OneDrive from your Windows 10 device, by using the Programs and Features section from the Control Panel, and the instructions from this guide: 9 ways to remove desktop programs and modern apps in Windows.

If you change your mind at a later time and you want to get it back, you can reinstall OneDrive from the Microsoft Store, following this link: OneDrive.

How to remove OneDrive from Windows 7

The OneDrive app is not pre-installed by default in Windows 7, but you can install it manually if you download it from its webpage. Also, some manufacturers might bundle OneDrive on laptops and PCs with Windows 7, that they sell. No matter how OneDrive got on your Windows 7 computer, here is how to remove it:

Start by opening the Control Panel. A quick way to do that is to launch the Start Menu and then click on the Control Panel shortcut. Then, navigate to Programs and Features.

Once the list of installed programs is loaded, scroll through it until you find the one called Microsoft OneDrive. Double-click on it, or right-click and choose Uninstall.

If you see a UAC (User Account Control) notification, click Yes to allow the uninstall process to continue.

After a few moments, the OneDrive program is removed from your Windows 7 computer.

How to disable OneDrive from Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, OneDrive is not just an application that you can remove or uninstall from your PC. Unfortunately, OneDrive is a part of the Windows 8.1 operating system, and it cannot be removed. However, you can disable and hide it, if do not want to have it running on your device. To do that, there are a few steps which you must complete:

First, unpin the OneDrive tile from your Start screen. Switch to the Start screen and find the OneDrive tile. Then, right-click or tap and hold on it, and select Unpin from Start in the menu displayed.

Next, open PC Settings: a quick way to do it is to access the charms buttons, select Settings, and then click or tap "Change PC settings." In PC Settings, click or tap on OneDrive.

In the "File storage" section, turn Off the "Save documents to OneDrive by default" switch.

In the "Camera roll" section, select the option that says "Don't upload photos" and turn Off the "Automatically upload videos to OneDrive."

In the "Sync settings" section, turn Off the "Sync your settings on this PC" switch from "Sync settings with OneDrive."

Also in the "Sync settings" section, turn Off the "Back up your settings for this PC" switch from "Back up settings."

In the "Metered connections" section, disable all the switches available:

  • "Upload and download files over metered connections."
  • "Upload and download files over metered connections even when I'm roaming"
  • "Sync and back up settings over metered connections"
  • "Sync and back up settings over metered connections even when I'm roaming"

Now OneDrive is disabled on your Windows 8.1 device.

Although some complex solutions involving the Windows Registry do exist, there is no easy and safe way to remove the OneDrive folder from File Explorer or the OneDrive icon from the system tray.

Conclusion

Now you know how easy it is to remove OneDrive from Windows 10 or Windows 7, but also how difficult it is to disable it in Windows 8.1. Before closing this tutorial, tell us why you wanted to get rid of OneDrive on your Windows computer. Use the comments section below to share your opinions.