Turn On or Off Pause OneDrive Sync on Metered Network

How to Enable or Disable Automatic Pause OneDrive Sync when on Metered Network in Windows 10

OneDrive is the online document storage solution created by Microsoft which comes bundled as a free service with Windows 10. It can be used to store your documents and other data online in the cloud. It also offers synchronization of stored data across all your devices. By default, OneDrive will automatically pause syncing to save your bandwidth when your device is connected to a metered network. You can enable or disable this feature and make OneDrive continue to sync your files.


This can be useful for users that a small set of files in OneDrive which don't allocate a lot of space. Also, if there is something important stored in OneDrive, you may want get it sycned regardless of the connection type.

Onedrive Limited Network Notification

By default, Windows 10 will automatically pause OneDrive sync when the device is on a metered Ethernet or metered Wi-Fi network. You can change this behavior.

  1. Click the OneDrive icon in the system tray to open its settings.Windows 10 OneDrive Tray Icon
  2. Click on More (...).Windows 10 OneDrive Flyout More Item
  3. Select Settings from the menu.OneDrive Settings Menu
  4. Turn off the option Automatically pause sync when this device is on a metered connection on the Settings tab.Disable Automatic Pause OneDrive Sync When On Metered Network

You are done!

Note: This setting is only visible when you are signed in to OneDrive with your Microsoft Account.

The option can be re-enabled at any moment of time.

Also, interested users can enable or disable this feature with a Registry tweak.

Registry Tweak to Enable or Disable Automatic Pause OneDrive Sync When On Metered Network

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value UserSettingMeteredNetworkEnabled.
    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
  4. Set its value as follows:
    0 - Disable
    1 - EnableTweak Automatic Pause OneDrive Sync When On Metered Network
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

For your convenience, you can download the following ready-to-use Registry files:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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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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