Disabling files on-demand in onedrive

How to

Not using the file-on-demand feature of OneDrive? Follow these steps to turn off or disable the File on Demand feature in OneDrive.

One of the best features of OneDrive is Files on Demand. This feature allows you to see all the files and folders in your OneDrive account and sync only what you need. As you can see, the advantage is that you can see all your files without having to sync them first. If you want to access a file that has not yet been synced, OneDrive will download the file immediately, i.e., on demand. Simply put, you get the best of both worlds: hard drive space savings and file access on demand.

Currently, OneDrive is the only major cloud service that offers this capability. For example, files need to be downloaded and cannot be accessed immediately. Depending on the size of the file, this can take quite a long time. Also, the file-on-demand feature may cause compatibility issues with other programs.

Regardless of the reason, if you do not think you need the Files on Demand feature, you can turn it off. Follow the steps below to disable the file-on-demand feature in OneDrive.


Disabling OneDrive’s File on Demand

OneDriveTo disable or enable File On Demand, do the following you must uncheck the “Save space and download files as you use them” checkbox. Here is how to find and change the option.

  1. Click the OneDrive icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click on the ” Gear ” icon.
  3. Select ” Settings “.
  4. Go to the ” Settings ” tab.
  5. Select the checkbox ” Save space and download files when used”.
  6. Click ” OK ” in the warning window.
  7. Click the ” OK ” button.
  8. This will turn off the File On Demand feature.

Detailed instructions:

First, open the OneDrive settings. To do this, click the OneDrive icon on the taskbar. If you do not see the icon, launch OneDrive from the Start menu.

Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the OneDrive drop-down menu and select the Settings option. This will open the OneDrive Settings window.

Go to the “Settings” tab and uncheck the “Save space and download files on use” option.

Once unchecked, OneDrive will prompt you for confirmation. Click the OK button to continue.

Finally, click the [OK] button in the main window to close it.

You have now disabled the OneDrive Files on Demand feature.

OneDrive File Status

OneDrive provides three statuses for each file. Online only”, “Locally accessible”, and “Always accessible”.

Online Only : As the name suggests, these files are only available online.That is, they can be viewed but not downloaded and do not occupy hard disk space.

Locally Accessible : This state indicates that the files are downloaded and locally available. However, if these files are not accessible for a long time, OneDrive may change the status to “Online Only” and delete them locally. Files will continue to be accessible in the cloud. If Storage Sense is turned on in Windows 10 and 11, OneDrive will delete local files and change their status to online only after 30 days (the default threshold).

Always Available : You can manually set the status of a folder or file to Always Available. As the name implies, marked files will always be stored on that drive. They will not be deleted locally in OneDrive or Storage Sense.

That’s it. It’s as easy as disabling the Files on Demand feature in OneDrive.

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