How to Stop Files Uploading From Google Drive

Do you want to stop files uploading from Google Drive? Then follow this tutorial to learn more about how to stop uploading files from Google Drive.

Google Drive is the user-friendly cloud service available in the market. It offers 15GB of storage data without any hidden costs. However, there may be some times when you are trying to upload and want to stop or pause it for a while.

As a frequent Drive user, I tried to stop uploading the files but I faced an error when the internet was not working fine. In such conditions, the best way to stop the download or pause it again. But when you are dealing with large files, it is difficult to stop the upload.

How to Stop Files Uploading From Google Drive?

The first and foremost method is simple, you can press the cancel button above the uploading file.

Follow the steps mentioned below for a step-by-step approach.

  • Move to the Google Drive website at from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once you are logged in, select a file you want to upload by clicking on the New button and selecting File upload. 
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  • Once the process starts, click the Cancel button above the progress window and a message reading Upload cancel will be displayed.

Disconnecting Your Network

Another approach is a very effective method, you can disconnect your WiFi or ethernet connection. So the download is paused forcefully. Follow the steps carefully and try from your end.

  • Once the file has begun uploading on Drive, click on the WiFi icon on the taskbar.
  • Click the WiFi and toggle it off. Simultaneously, you click on the Start button and select the settings icon. Move to the Network settings and toggle WiFi off from there.

This is to stop files from uploading to Google Drive.

How to Stop Syncing Files On Google Drive?

You can save a lot of space on your Drive if you stop the backup and sync option, which downloads you need to upload to Drive on your laptop.

  • Move to the Google Drive website from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your details to access the Drive when prompted. 
  • Once logged in, Click the Settings icon, which should be right of the main search bar at the top.
  • Click on Settings from the menu. 
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  • Select the General section from the side menu and uncheck the tick box next to the Offline option. 
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  • The drive will now begin deleting all the data from your laptop, and this can take time depending upon the number of files. You should wait till you see Offline is disabled appear at the bottom left corner of the page.

Disabling Backup and Sync From The Desktop App For Google Drive

You can disable the back and sync option from the desktop app for Google Drive. Make sure you are logged in to your account and then start the process. Follow the below steps to do so.

  • Open up your laptop or PC. 
  • Look for the Drive icon on the taskbar and open it. 
  • Click the Settings icon and click the Preferences option.
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  • Choose the Google Drive section from the side menu and uncheck the sync my drive to this computer option.
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  • A warning message will pop up asking if you want to disable backup and sync and select Continue.

This will allow you to stop the backup process on your desktop which is equivalent to stopping files uploading to Google Drive.

How to Sync Specific Files or Folders From Google Drive to Your PC?

If you don’t want to backup the entire Drive on the laptop’s hard disk, then there is an option to choose which folders you want to sync your laptop. Follow the below-mentioned steps to do that.

  • Open your laptop or PC and click on the Google Drive cloud icon on the taskbar. 
  • Select the three buttons on the top of the pop-up window and choose Preferences from the menu. 
  • Click on the Google Drive section from the side menu. 
  • Select the Sync only these folders option.
  • Choose all the folders you want to sync and uncheck the ones you want to omit. 
  • Hit OK when you are done, and click on Continue when you see a warning box saying that some files might be deleted from your computer.


There are several ways to stop a file from being uploaded to Google Drive. We recommend you use the cancel button already found on Google Drive and use the other methods if that one fails to work for you.

If you are facing issues where you cannot stop the uploading method, you can force quit the app and that might help a bit in restarting the process we have mentioned. Similarly, you have to restart the internet connection or even restart your system.

The last method here is to try contacting the customer support team of Google and leaving your feedback for the same that might bring you some possible solutions for the same.

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