How to Reset OneDrive Sync on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to reset or restore OneDrive sync connection on Windows 11 when there’s an issue with syncing. OneDrive comes installed and ready to use on Windows 11. In some cases, OneDrive may get stuck and stop syncing with Microsoft Cloud. When you get into a situation when OneDrive stop syncing, resetting its connection may get it back to working, and the steps below show you how to do that.

When you reset OneDrive, it will disconnect all your existing sync connections to the cloud. You won’t lose files or data by resetting OneDrive on your computer, but will take time to resync all your data.

Something to also be aware of is when you reset OneDrive, it will try to re-syncs all your files, which could take a long time depending on the number of files and items you’re syncing. For large number of files, set aside a time for OneDrive to fully resync all data before adding or removing content from OneDrive folder.

You may need to completely resync your files before using OneDrive again.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with resetting OneDrive on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to restore OneDrive sync on Windows 11

Whenever you’re having issues with OneDrive syncing, simply go and reset its connection and resync. This will resolve many of the problem you have with OneDrive.

OneDrive app doesn’t come with an easy reset button. You’ll have to use the command line terminal and run a command to do so.

To do that, open a Run dialog by pressing Windows key  Press the Windows key  and R.

windows 11 reset onedrive sync

Then copy the line below and paste it into the dialog window, then press OK.

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

Or search and open the Command Prompt and paste the line above, then press ENTER.

windows 11 reset onedrive from command prompt

When you run the command above, OneDrive app icon on the taskbar will disappear for a few minutes, then return. When it does, it should begin resyncing again.

How to reset OneDrive Store app

If you have OneDrive store app installed, you’ll also want to reset the app settings if OneDrive isn’t functioning well. To reset the app, click on the Start button, then search for OneDrive, right-click it and select App settings.

onedrive apps settings right click

When OneDrive app settings pane opens, select the Reset button.

onedrive apps settings reset button

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to reset OneDrive connection settings when using Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

3 Comments

  1. I copied this line in %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset to reset my onedrive. Nothing happened. It still says it is trying to sync and never disappeared like the instructions said it would. It just continues (after days) of letting it run to say it is trying to sync but does not make any progress. I did get an email on my phone that says onedrive was finished backing up files but that is not what I see when I open onedrive. It still says it is trying to sync.

  2. I had to dig a bit to get the correct path for my puter. The principle is the same though. The command I used is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

    I’m on Win11.

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