Although we tend to like the OneDrive service, and we use it on our Windows 10 computers, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of them is that, sometimes, we’re facing issues with OneDrive not syncing. Another one is knowing when it performed the last synchronization to get an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added. Here is how to do an OneDrive force sync and how to check when your files were last synced by it in Windows 10 and Windows 7:
- Click or tap on OneDrive’s icon from the right side of the taskbar and press “Help & Settings.”
- Click or tap on “Pause syncing” and select “2 hours” or any of the other options available.
- Open OneDrive’s window again, and click or tap on the Pause button, to resume syncing.
NOTE: Because things are the same in Windows 10 and Windows 7, we are using mostly screenshots from Windows 10 to illustrate the instructions for these two operating systems.
If it looks like OneDrive’s not syncing on your Windows 10 or Windows 7 computer, and you want to check when your files were last synchronized, click or tap once on the OneDrive icon from the taskbar notification area.
This action opens a window where OneDrive shows which were the last actions that it performed. For each of the synced files, you can see how far back in time that happened.
In Windows 7, the OneDrive app looks similar to the one in Windows 10, as you can see in the screenshot below.
Note that this is the only way we know for finding out when OneDrive last synchronized your files in either Windows 10 or Windows 7.
In Windows 10, there is also an OneDrive app in the Microsoft Store, which is different from the desktop application. However, the app from the Microsoft Store doesn’t offer any information regarding the last sync time.
In normal circumstances, the OneDrive application syncs your files continuously, as soon as it detects a change, which it should do automatically. You don’t get any controls to force OneDrive to sync, and you don’t get any options related to the syncing process’s frequency.
As we said, it’s all automatic, so there’s not much you can actually do if your OneDrive is not syncing in Windows 10 or Windows 7. However, you can do an OneDrive force sync by pausing and resuming sync or by restarting the app. Here are a few ways to do that:
In either Windows 10 or Windows 7, forcing OneDrive to sync your files can be rather easy, although not exactly intuitive. All you have to do is “Pause syncing” and then “Resume syncing.” Here’s how to do it:
Click or tap on OneDrive’s icon from the right side of the taskbar and, in the popup window that shows up, press “Help & Settings.”
The previous action opens OneDrive’s menu. On it, click or tap on “Pause syncing” and select “2 hours” or any of the other options available.
OneDrive immediately stops syncing your files for the time you selected. In its popup window, it tells you about the syncing pause, just like in the screenshot below.
To force OneDrive to sync, there’s only one thing left to do. Open OneDrive’s window again, and click or tap on the Pause button from the top.
Alternatively, you can also press the “Resume syncing” option from its menu.
This action makes OneDrive sync the latest data, right now.
An alternative way to do an OneDrive force sync is to stop the OneDrive app and then start it again. To stop it, right-click (or tap and hold) on its icon from the taskbar notification area, and then press Close OneDrive.
Then, start OneDrive again. Both in Windows 10 and Windows 7, a quick way to do it is to look for the OneDrive shortcut in the Start Menu and click or tap on it.
Another way to force OneDrive to sync, both in Windows 10 and Windows 7, is to restart the OneDrive application using Task Manager.
Open the Task Manager and select the Processes tab. Then, find the Microsoft OneDrive process, right-click (press-and-hold) on it and select “End Task” to stop its process.
In the same Task Manager window, open the File menu and click or tap on “Run new task.”
Task Manager now launches a new window, called “Create new task.” In the Open field, type %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\OneDrive.exe, and click or tap on OK.
OneDrive’s process should now start again. Once it’s launched, it automatically triggers a file check and, if any change is detected, it also starts syncing your files.
Command Prompt also offers an alternative solution to the OneDrive not syncing problem. Open cmd and run the following commands, one after the other:
cd /d %LOCALAPPDATA%\Microsoft\OneDrive
The first command sets the working directory to the one where OneDrive is installed. The second command shuts down OneDrive, and the last one relaunches the app. The result is that the OneDrive app is restarted, which should force OneDrive to sync.
Finally, our final solution to the OneDrive not syncing issues is to restart OneDrive using PowerShell. Open PowerShell and run the following command to close the OneDrive app:
Kill -Name OneDrive -Force
Then, run the next command to relaunch OneDrive:
Now the app is restarted, which should force OneDrive to sync.
We hope this guide was useful and that you managed to repair the “OneDrive not syncing” problems you’ve met. If you know other ways to force OneDrive to sync or check when OneDrive synced your files, let us know in the comments section below. We will update this guide as soon as possible.