Apps Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing on Metered Network in Windows 11


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You can use OneDrive to sync files between your computer and the cloud, so you can get to your files from anywhere - your computer, your mobile device, and even through the OneDrive website at OneDrive.com. If you add, change, or delete a file or folder in your OneDrive folder, the file or folder is added, changed, or deleted on the OneDrive website and vice versa. You can work with your synced files directly in File Explorer and access your files even when you’re offline. Whenever you’re online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically.

You can also back up your important folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your Windows PC with OneDrive folder backup syncing, so they're protected and available on other devices.

OneDrive syncing will automatically pause when your device is on a metered Wi-Fi or Ethernet network by default.

Reference:

This tutorial will show how to enable or disable automatically pause OneDrive syncing when on a metered network for your account or all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


OneDrive syncing requires OneDrive running and you signed in to OneDrive with your Microsoft account.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network for Current User in OneDrive Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network for Current User using REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network for All Users using REG file




Option One

Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network for Current User in OneDrive Settings


1 Click/tap on the OneDrive icon on the taskbar corner, click/tap on Help & Settings (gear) icon, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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2 Perform the available steps below: (see screenshots below)
  • (Old) In the Settings tab, check (enable - default) or uncheck (disable) Automatically pause sync when this device is on a metered network for what you want, and click/tap on OK.
  • (New) Click/tap on Sync and backup in the left pane, and turn on (default) or off Pause syncing when this device is in on a metered network for what you want.
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Option Two

Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network for Current User using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.

2 Enable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_OneDrive_sync_when_on_metered_network.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OneDrive]
"UserSettingMeteredNetworkEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 Disable OneDrive Syncing when on Metered Network

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_OneDrive_sync_when_on_metered_network.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OneDrive]
"UserSettingMeteredNetworkEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Three

Enable or Disable OneDrive Syncing when when on Metered Network for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable), step 3 (disable), or step 4 (default) below for what you want.


 2. Force Enable OneDrive Syncing when when on Metered Network for All Users

This will override and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.​

Always_enable_OneDrive_sync_when_on_metered_network_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\OneDrive]
"DisablePauseOnMeteredNetwork"=dword:00000000


 3. Disable OneDrive Syncing when when on Metered Network for All Users

This will override and prevent using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_OneDrive_sync_when_on_metered_network_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\OneDrive]
"DisablePauseOnMeteredNetwork"=dword:00000001


 4. Default User Choice OneDrive Syncing when when on Metered Network

This is the default setting to allow using Option One and Option Two.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Default_user_choice_OneDrive_sync_when_on_metered_network.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\OneDrive]
"DisablePauseOnMeteredNetwork"=-

5 Save the REG file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 You can now delete the downloaded REG file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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