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Limit OneDrive Download and Upload Speed in Windows 10

You can set bandwidth limits for download and upload speeds in the built-in OneDrive client shipped with Windows 10. This will allow you to free up some bandwidth when needed.

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To limit the download and upload speed in OneDrive, do the following.

Right click the OneDrive icon in the system tray area and select Settings from the context menu.

OneDrive Tray Icon OneDrive Tray Icon Context Menu

Go to the Network tab and change the options Upload rate and Download rate.OneDrive Settings Network Tab

Configure speed limits according to your preferences.OneDrive Set Speed Limits

That's it. Upload and download rates of OneDrive will be limited.

By default, OneDrive uses the full bandwidth available to sync files between your Windows 10 devices. If you have a lot of files, it can affect your browsing experience and reduce the download speed in other apps which use your Internet connection. To reduce the negative effect of file synchronization, you can use the provided settings.

OneDrive is bundled with Windows since Windows 8. It is the all-on-one solution built by Microsoft to provide the user the ability to have the same set of settings, same files and same appearance on every PC he signs in with using his Microsoft Account. Previously known as SkyDrive, the service got rebranded some time ago.

The synchronization feature in OneDrive relies on Microsoft Account. To use OneDrive, you have to create one first. Besides OneDrive, Microsoft Account can be used to log in to Windows 10, Office 365 and most online Microsoft services.

If some day you decide to switch from OneDrive to some alternative solution like Dropbox for file synchronization, there is a way to uninstall the OneDrive app. In recent builds of Windows 10, Microsoft has provided the ability to uninstall it from Apps and Features directly. For the detailed tutorial, please refer to the article An Official Way to Uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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