How To Quit Onedrive On Mac

If you’re a Mac user who also uses Microsoft OneDrive for cloud storage, you may have noticed that it runs continuously in the background. It starts up automatically when you turn on your computer and remains active throughout. This can sometimes be a hindrance when you want to disconnect the service or free up some system resources. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to quit OneDrive on a Mac.

Why Quit OneDrive?

Running OneDrive continuously on your Mac can consume a significant chunk of your system’s resources, which can slow down your machine, especially if it’s an older model. Additionally, if you’re not actively using OneDrive, it makes sense to close it to maximize your system’s performance. Let’s dive into the steps on how to quit OneDrive.

Steps to Quit OneDrive on Your Mac

Here is a simple step-by-step procedure on how to stop OneDrive from running in the background on your Mac:

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in the menu bar. This icon is a pair of white clouds.

  2. From the drop-down menu, click on Help and Settings (the last option) and then select Preferences.

  3. A dialog box will appear with several tabs. Click on the Account tab.

  4. Under the Account tab, you’ll see the Unlink this Mac option. Click on it.

  5. A confirmation dialog box will appear asking you if you’re sure you want to stop syncing OneDrive on your Mac. Click on Unlink account.

After following these steps, OneDrive will be disconnected from your Mac, and it will stop syncing your files.

Preventing OneDrive from Starting Automatically

If your goal is to prevent OneDrive from starting up automatically every time you turn on your Mac, you can do this by following these steps:

  1. Open the System Preferences on your Mac.

  2. Click on Users & Groups.

  3. Click on the Login Items tab.

  4. In the list of applications that appear, look for OneDrive and click on it.

  5. Click the button below the list to remove OneDrive from the startup programs.

This will stop OneDrive from starting up automatically when you turn on your Mac, but you can still start it manually whenever you need it.


Quitting OneDrive on your Mac, or preventing it from auto-starting, can free up system resources and help your computer run smoother. Thankfully, as we’ve shown in the steps above, it’s a straightforward process. As always, if you need help with these steps, feel free to get in touch with us or a trusted IT professional.