How to Fix OneDrive Sync Pending Error? [Quick Tips]

Updated by Daisy on Dec 06, 2022
  | Computer Instruction

OneDrive is a cloud storage service that allows you to save files such as photos, documents, music, videos, etc. Transferring files from your local storage to the OneDrive cloud is called "syncing." Sometimes, it's possible to encounter problems when uploading (syncing) your files hence the OneDrive sync pending error.

This error means that your files are still waiting to sync to the cloud, which may take time. At times, it may also fail. How do you fix the OneDrive sync pending error? This article will outline quick tips to fix this error. Read on to learn the fix that works best for you! 

How to Fix OneDrive Sync Pending?

Before knowing how to fix the OneDrive sync pending error, it's essential to know the possible causes. Some of the causes for this problem include running an older version of OneDrive, unstable network connection, operating system update problems, running out of cloud storage space, exceeding file upload limit, etc.

Therefore, you'll need to address these issues to solve the pending sync issue. The fixes that this article will discuss include to:

We'll discuss each method as follows.

Method 1. Install the Latest Windows Updates

OneDrive may fail to sync files correctly because your Windows is outdated. To fix this, you can try updating to the latest version of Windows through the following steps.

Step 1. Open Settings and click on "Update & Security."

Step 2. Click on "Windows Update" on the left panel.

Step 3. Click on "Check for updates." Windows will take some time to check the available updates and then list them.

Check for updates

Step 4. Click on "Download and Install" to install the latest updates. Once Windows updates, it will likely solve the OneDrive issue. If not, you can proceed to Method 2.

Method 2. Move File Out Sync Folder

If the "OneDrive sync pending" issue persists, try moving out all the pending files and copying them to a different local storage location. Once you've done that, transfer the files again to the OneDrive folder. The files should sync successfully, provided no other issue prevents the upload.

Method 3. Reset OneDrive

If OneDrive fails to upload files to the cloud, you can try resetting it to resolve the issue. You can apply this method through the following steps:

Step 1. Press Windows+R to access the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Paste the following command to the dialog box and click "OK."

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

Step 3. If you encounter an error message after pasting the above command, you can try using the following alternative:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset

paste the command

Step 4. OneDrive will restart after running the above command. This will then fix the OneDrive sync pending issue. If OneDrive did not restart, i.e. disappearing and reappearing, you could try pasting the following command:


This command will rest your OneDrive.

Method 4. Uncheck OneDrive Files on Demand

If your files fail to upload to OneDrive, you can try unchecking the files on demand. This could solve the "OneDrive sync pending" issue. You can apply this method through the following steps:

Step 1. Open OneDrive and click on the "Settings" tab.

Step 2. Under the "Files on Demand" section, uncheck the button for "save space and download files as you use them." Confirm if the error has disappeared.

uncheck files on demand

Method 5. Connect Your OneDrive Account Manually

Adding your OneDrive account manually can help in solving common sync issues. Below are the steps to manually connect to your account.

Step 1. Press Windows key+I to open Settings.

Step 2. Go to "Account">"Email & accounts" and click on "Add account"

connect onedrive account manually

Step 3. Enter your OneDrive account login credentials.

Step 4. Relaunch the sync process to check whether the OneDrive sync pending error has disappeared. 

Method 6. Turn Off the Office Upload

It's possible to encounter the OneDrive sync issue if you've turned on automatic office upload. This functionality may prevent OneDrive from working usually. You can turn it off through the following steps:

Step 1. Open OneDrive Settings.

Step 2. Click on the "Office" tab.

Step 3. Uncheck the tab for "Use Office 2016 to sync Office files that I open" and click on "OK."

turn off office upload

Step 4. Restart OneDrive to solve the pending issue.

Method 7. Check Your Storage

Sometimes, your file uploads may stay pending because you've run out of space on OneDrive. To confirm if this is the issue, you can check your storage through the following steps:

Step 1. Log into your OneDrive account and click on "Manage storage."

Step 2. If you've depleted the storage, you can click "Empty recycle bin" to create some space. Alternatively, you can "Upgrade" to subscribe to a new storage plan.

check onedrive storage


The OneDrive sync pending error could occur for several reasons, including an outdated OneDrive, limited cloud storage space, exceeding file upload limit, outdated Windows, etc. You should try fixing these issues to avoid problems with uploading files to OneDrive.

You can fix the OneDrive sync pending error by resetting OneDrive, updating your operating system, turning off Office upload, moving files out of the sync folder, checking the available storage, etc. You can try out as many fixes as possible to check which works best. I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If so, don't forget to share it with friends!

Frequently Asked FAQs

Do you still have questions about fixing the OneDrive sync pending issues? Read through the following questions to learn more.

1. Why Is OneDrive Upload Pending?

You may encounter the OneDrive upload pending issue because it has problems syncing your files to the cloud. Some of the issues that may stop your files from uploading include the following:

  • Running an older version of OneDrive.
  • Unstable network connection.
  • Operating system update problems.
  • Running out of cloud storage space.
  • Exceeding file upload limit.

Try resolving these issues, and OneDrive will resume uploading files usually.

2. How Long Does OneDrive Take to Sync?

The time it takes to sync your files to the OneDrive cloud varies based on many factors, including the following:

  • The number of files syncing.
  • The size of files syncing.
  • The network strength.
  • Whether you've set your upload/download rates on OneDrive setting to the maximum limits.

3. Does OneDrive Sync in Real-time? 

Yes, OneDrive will sync your files in real-time provided you've made the necessary settings, i.e. checking the box for "Start OneDrive automatically." With this option checked, OneDrive will sync your files automatically once you turn on your computer and have access to an internet connection. 

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