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

When you install OneDrive in Windows 11, it automatically adds its icon to the taskbar. You can right-click the OneDrive app icon on the taskbar and close it. However, the next time you sign into Windows 11 again, the OneDrive app will automatically start again.

If you don’t want the OneDrive service to start automatically every time, follow the steps below to prevent the OneDrive app from starting when you sign in.

To start disabling OneDrive from automatically starting in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to prevent OneDrive from starting automatically in Windows 11

As mentioned above, by default, the OneDrive service will start automatically when you sign in to Windows. You can disable this behavior when using Windows and the steps below show you how.

With OneDrive installed, you can disable automatic startup through Task Manager. To do that, click on the Start button, then find Task Manager. Under Best Match, click the Task Manager app.

search task manager in windows 11

Click on the Start up tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More details first.

windows 11 task manager more details

Then find Microsoft OneDrive from the list, right-click and select Deactivate. Windows will no longer open OneDrive automatically when you sign in.

disable oneedrive so it doesn't start automatically

How to disable OneDrive autostart from the app

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

Open OneDrive taskbar icon

In the pop-up window that appears, click the Settings gear in the upper right, then select preferences.

Drive settings button

About him Settings, below Settings, uncheck the highlighted box that says: Start OneDrive automatically when I sign in to Windows.

uncheck a drive's settings to automatically start

Click on the okay to save the settings and exit. You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to disable OneDrive so that it does not start automatically every time you log into Windows. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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