Stop protecting important folders with Microsoft OneDrive

Last Updated on May 14, 2020 by Next Century

OneDrive has a new folder protection feature that allows you to sync your Windows 10 folders (Desktop, Pictures, and Documents) to the cloud service to make sure those files are protected against ransomware, viruses, and other malware.

If you no longer want to sync and protect folders or you want to include additional folders to Microsoft OneDrive, you can update your settings using these steps:

  • Click on the OneDrive icon  in the taskbar near the time and date which can be either white (Home) or blue (Business)

  • Select More > Settings

  • Select the Back up tab and then under Important PC Folders, select Manage back up

  • Under Manage protection of important folders, select Stop protecting under the folder you no longer want to protect

    NOTE: This is only an example for stopping protection on the Desktop folder

  • You will then be prompted to confirm that you want to Turn off protection, select Stop protection to confirm.

After completing the steps, depending on your configuration, OneDrive will stop syncing your Windows 10 account folder that you selected.

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