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11 Possiable Fixes of OneDrive Not Syncing Issue

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In this world of the Internet, people are getting more and more adaptive to virtual or cloud storage. Therefore, the manufacturers are shrinking the internal storage, the Hard Disk, or the SSD, more and more now.

Because of this, the need for Microsoft’s Cloud Storage, that is, the OneDrive has increased exponentially.

Now, since you are heavily dependent on the Cloud Storage, One Drive not synching can be a huge bummer for you. But don’t panic, as, in this article, we are going to fix the OneDrive Not Syncing problem in Windows 10.

What is OneDrive?

Since we are going to fix the OneDrive not syncing issue, it is good to know what actually OneDrive is and how it works.

Before, jumping to the question “What is OneDrive?”, it is good to know what cloud storage is?

Unlike physical storage, such as Hard Disk, floppy disk, DVDs, or Pen Drive, Cloud Storage is something that allows you to store your data on the Internet. 

OneDrive is also such storage that is operated by Microsoft. There are many benefits of using the OneDrive, they are listed below:-

1. Accessibility:-

One Drive allows you to store the data on the internet and extract it from anywhere, you can even use a different device to access the data, you just need an Internet connection and your Microsoft account’s detail.

2. File Sharing:-

After storing your device on the OneDrive, you get a web link. With the help of that provided link, you can link to the recipient instead of emailing them separately. This also beneficial if you want to share a large file via email.

3. Backup & Security:-

Because of the cyber laws and the encryption technology, your data is safer in the cloud rather than in the hard disk which can be steeled. 

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Now, let’s fix the OneDrive not syncing issue with the help of the below-mentioned methods:-

1. Check if it’s Microsoft

A lot of time, everything might be fine on your side but Microsoft might be dealing with a problem or the OneDrive’s website has some problem. Either way, you can’t do much but wait for Microsoft to resolve the problem. 

To check whose problem is this, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Right-click on the DropBox icon placed on the taskbar.

Step 2: From the appeared list, select “ View Online”.

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This will either ask you to choose a browser or just redirect you to your file’s section. If you are files are not loading without any issue then you know that everything is fine from your side.

Therefore, wait for some time and let Microsoft fix this problem. This is a temporary issue and will get fixed automatically.

2. Account Problem

One of the most prominent reasons causing the “OneDrive not syncing” problem is the Account Problem. In this case, because of some miscellaneous reason your account has lost its link with the Microsoft Windows Account.

This problem has a very easy fix, just link your account. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the OneDrive panel by clicking on its icon from the taskbar.

Step 2: Now, from the appeared window, click on Help & Settings> Settings(from the appeared list).

Step 3: This will redirect you to the Microsoft OneDrive properties, click on the Accounts tab, and then click on the Add an account button.

Step 4: Now, on the appeared screen you need to type the required credentials such as your Email address and the password and then click on OK.

Now, just be obedient to the on-screen instructions and you are good to go. Hopefully, this will solve the OneDrive not syncing issue.

3. Enormous Files and Folders

There is a limit for everything and OneDrive is not an exception to this rule. One can’t upload a file or a folder exceeding the 10GB size limit in one go, irrespective of the plan that you are using.

Because of this using OneDrive as a host to your website is a bit tricky. Therefore, before concluding which provider you need, check the HostScore of all the available providers as they all have different bandwidth, features, and resources. So, pick accordingly.

So, if you have any file exceeding the 10GB limit, the best way to store that would be to just compress it. To do that, you need to right-click on that particular folder, then select Send to> Compressed (zipped) folder.

Now, after compressing it, try to sync it again. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the OneDrive panel by clicking on its icon from the taskbar.

Step 2: Now, from the appeared window, click on Help & Settings> Settings(from the appeared list).

Step 3: On the appeared screen, go to the Accounts tab and click on the Choose folders button.

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Step 4: On the appeared window, un-check or check depending on your needs and then click OK to end the proceedings.

So, if your OneDrive is syncing now, then you know that it was the size of the folder creating trouble.

4. Reset OneDrive

One of the easiest ways to fix the OneDrive not syncing issue on Windows 10, is to just reset the software. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1:  Launch the OneDrive panel by clicking on its icon from the taskbar.

Step 2: Now, from the appeared window, click on Help & Settings> Close OneDrive.

This will turn the OneDrive off. Now in order to turn it on.

Step 3: Launch OneDrive by searching it out from the start menu.

This will restart your OneDrive and hopefully, solve your problem.

5. Change the File’s Path

There are a plethora of reasons causing OneDrive not to sync and the incorrect file name is one of them. There are certain things that you need to make sure that your path name is correct. There should be no more than 255 characters, there shouldn’t be characters such as the following.

“ * : < > ? / \ |

To rename the file, you just need to right-click on the folder, select “Rename” from the appeared list.

After renaming it, again try to sync them with the help of steps prescribed in the former method.

6. Check your Internet Connection

One of the most obvious reasons for the “OneDrive not syncing” problem is a poor internet connection. First, we have to check it’s your Internet Speed.

There are multiple ways of doing that, either check for the speed online or just ping any website and see the packets round trip time.

To ping a website you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Command Prompt as an admin either by searching it out from the start menu or by RUN(Win + R), type “cmd” and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.

Step 2: On the appeared window, type ping with any URL, for example, ping technicalustad.com.

Now, you can see the number of packets send vs the number of packets received, if there is any loss then you gotta do something for your internet.

To fix that, we are going to troubleshoot the network connection. To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Settings application, by either searching it out from the start menu or by right-clicking on the start menu and then select “Settings” from the appeared list.

Step 2: On the appeared screen, click on the Network & Internet option.

Step 3: Now, make sure that you are on the Status tab and then click on the Network Troubleshoot button placed under the “Change your network settings” option.

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There are many other fixes that you can perform in order to fix the Internet Connection, so check both “Fix your Internet Connection” and “Slow Wifi”.

7. Reconnect your OneDrive Account

According to many Windows users, the OneDrive not syncing problem can be easily fixed by just logging out and then logging in.

To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the OneDrive panel by clicking on its icon from the taskbar.

Step 2: Now, from the appeared window, click on Help & Settings> Settings(from the appeared list).

Step 3: This will redirect you to the Microsoft OneDrive properties, click on the Unlink this PC option.

Step 4: On the appeared Windows, click the Unlink account.

Now, you need to restart the computer. After you complete the restarting process, you need to enter the email address and the password to log in.

Hopefully, this solves the OneDrive not syncing issue.

8. Fix the Security Permissions

Another reason why any of your file or folder is not syncing is that the particular folder doesn’t have the required permission. Therefore, in this section, we are going to fix Security Permission.

To do that, you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the Windows File Explorer either by searching it out from the start menu or by double-clicking on its icon placed on the taskbar.

Step 2: From the left panel of the screen, navigate to OneDrive, right-click on it, and select Properties from the appeared list.

Step 3: Now, select the Security tab and see whether all the features have permission or not.

Step 4: If they don’t any permissions, then select a User from the Groups & User section and then click on the Advanced button.

Step 5: Then click will redirect you to the “Advanced Security Settings for the Windows” screen, there you need to check the Replace all child object permissions…”, and click Apply & OK.

Even though this is a very niche tip but it can be helpful if you a particular a file or a folder is not syncing.

9. Update your Windows and the OneDrive applications

Even though, both the Windows and OneDrive get updated automatically but sometimes they don’t, because of which a lot of your programs and features didn’t work well. 

Therefore, in this section, we are going to update both.

To update the Windows 10 you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1:  Launch the Settings application, by either searching it out from the start menu or by right-clicking on the start menu and then select “Settings” from the appeared list.

Step 2: On the appeared screen, click on the Update & Security option.

Step 3: Now make sure that you are on the Windows Update and then click on the Download button.

This way you can update your Windows. Hopefully, this solved your problem. If you are still facing the problem then you should update the OneDrive as well.

To update OneDrive you need to follow the prescribed steps:-

Step 1: Launch the OneDrive panel by clicking on its icon from the taskbar.

Step 2: Now, from the appeared window, click on Help & Settings> Settings.

Step 3: On the appeared screen, go to the About tab and then click on the version number.

Step 4: This will redirect you to the OneDrive’s official website, you can update your application from there.

If you don’t want to go through the process then you can just use the official website.

Hopefully, this will solve your problem.

10. Turn off the Antivirus

This is not a very common cause and it usually happens when you a not-so-good antivirus. These are either too strict or are malfunction because of which they can add an extra layer of security causing the files to not sync.

Therefore, if you aren’t using antiviruses from the trusted developer then you should turn it off in order to make allow the files to sync.

After turning it off, you need to restart the OneDrive and your computer to get things in the place.

Bonus: Use an alternative:-

OneDrive is good but it’s just another cloud service, just like some other cloud services such as Google Drive or the iCloud. If after doing all the above-mentioned tips, you are still facing the OneDrive not syncing problem then you need to pick an alternative.

Even though both Google Drive and iCloud are a good alternative but there is one not-so-famous option as well. Use Sync.com, it is an excellent cloud service providing the users with end-to-end encryption making it very secure.

Wrap-up

In this article, we have tried to fix the OneDrive not syncing problem.

OneDrive is one of the best cloud services but if you are the files are not syncing then it becomes very irritating. But, hopefully, after reading all the mentioned 10 methods you will be able to solve the problem.