Stop Syncing a SharePoint library to your computer
If you have previously synced a SharePoint library to your computer, and you want to stop syncing it, then this article will help you. Syncing a library to your computer allows you to easily access the contents of the library through your computer’s file explorer (or Mac Finder). If you will no longer be accessing the library frequently, you will want to stop syncing it.
When you stop syncing a SharePoint library to your computer, it does not remove the library’s files from your computer. You will no longer see the library on the left of your File Explorer, but the files which were downloaded will be left on your computer. However, they will no longer be updated when changes are made by others.
Stop syncing a SharePoint library to your computer
To use these steps you must have already synced a SharePoint library to your computer, perhaps by following the steps in the Sync Based on a Library Link article. The library may have been deleted from SharePoint, or you may just not need immediate access to it any longer. Either way, follow these steps to stop syncing it.
NOTES: These steps are shown to stop syncing a library on a Windows 10 computer, but you can follow the same steps on a Mac (though the screens will vary).
Locate the OneDrive icon
Look for the OneDrive icon in the taskbar of your computer. It may be visible immediately as in this case:
Or you may have to click the UP arrow and then select it from the resulting pop-up list as in this case:
Either way, left-click the OneDrive icon.
View the OneDrive panel
Upon clicking the OneDrive icon, you will be presented with the OneDrive panel:
On the OneDrive panel, click the settings icon (looks like a gear at the upper right).
Once you click the Settings icon, you will be presented with the Settings menu as shown here:
Click “Settings” from the menu
OneDrive Control Panel
Select the “Account” tab from the OneDrive Control Panel.
This will list the OneDrive accounts and SharePoint libraries you are currently syncing to this computer. Locate the SharePoint library (or OneDrive account) which you wish to stop syncing.
Click the “Stop Sync” link corresponding to the desired library.
Confirm your decision
You will be prompted to confirm your decision to stop syncing the library.
Click the “Stop Sync” button.
Delete the ``unsynced`` folder
Stopping the sync on SharePoint libraries does not remove the folder from your computer. You must now go into File Explorer and click the SharePoint library icon to view the SharePoint library folders. You will note that the folder for the library you just stopped syncing will still be there, as in this example. You can further identify the folder by the empty status column.
Please right-click this folder and select delete. This will permanently remove the last remnant of the SharePoint library you stopped syncing.
Does this remove the synced library from my computer?
The final step above will remove the library folder from your computer. if you do not perform the last step and delete the folder then the files that were synced to your computer will remain on your computer, but they will no longer be updated with changes made to the library.
Why were only some of the library files left behind on my computer?
SharePoint libraries do not copy all files to your computer when you sync the library. It gives you access to the entire library structure (file and folder headings), but only the files that you create or access are synced to your computer. This saves a lot of space as only the file you touch are downloaded. When you stop syncing the library, only the files that you had accessed (and were on your computer) will remain there.
I changed my mind and I want to sync the library again (after stopping to sync it). Can I?
Yes. However, since the library folder was left on your computer, if you sync the same library again, you will be prompted to choose the same folder, or a new one, as in this window:
If you are syncing a library that you just recently (a day or so) stopped syncing, then select “Use this folder”. If it has been a while since you stopped syncing the library, then we suggest you choose “Create new folder”.
If you have questions about this, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.