How to Limit OneDrive’s Transfer Speed in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 01-06-2016

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If you have a large amount of initial data to sync to the service or frequently upload large files to OneDrive, you might be concerned about how much data this is using.

Whether you’re on a limited connection and want to conserve your data or you don’t want OneDrive sucking up all the bandwidth when you’re trying to binge-watch Netflix The Pros and Cons of Binge-Watching Television With streaming services so popular, most people now binge-watch TV shows. Learn more about the pros and cons of binge-watching. Read More , you can easily tell OneDrive the maximum speed that it’s allowed to transfer files.

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Find the OneDrive icon (a blue cloud) in your System Tray located at the right side of the Taskbar. If you don’t see the icon, OneDrive isn’t running; just press Start and type OneDrive to launch it. Right click on the icon and choose Settings. In the new Network tab, you’ll be able to choose to allow an unlimited transfer speed, or specify an amount in kilobytes per second.


If you’re not sure what you should set this value at, run a Speed Test and see how fast your connection is, then decide what percentage of that connection you’re OK with OneDrive using. Try an online converter if you need help converting KB/s to MB/s or some other unit.

When working, you don’t want OneDrive to use too much of your connection, or it will affect the performance of other processes!

Do you like having the ability to limit how much bandwidth OneDrive uses, or do you prefer to let it do its thing? Leave a comment and have your say!

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Related topics: Microsoft OneDrive, Windows 10.

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