Based on your settings, Windows 10 might be automatically saving screen shots, photos and videos to your linked OneDrive account. However, in case you are concerned, you can easily disable Auto Save to OneDrive by following simple steps as provided below.
Why Disable Auto Save to OneDrive
The Auto Save feature in Windows 10 is designed to seamlessly integrate Microsoft’s Cloud Storage services with your account. Using this feature, you can automatically save files to your linked OneDrive account, whenever you take screen shots or connect devices like camera or phone to your computer.
However, automatically saving files to OneDrive is something that users are not entirely comfortable with, going by user reviews/comments on tech forums.
- By default, Windows 10 saves screenshots to linked OneDrive account. This is rather unnecessary and might lead to clutter on OneDrive accounts of those users who take a lot of temporary screen shots.
- With Auto Play turned on, Windows 10 saves pictures and videos to OneDrive whenever a camera or phone is connected to the computer. This may result in certain unwanted files getting saved to OneDrive.
- You may not always be sure about the definition of ‘objectionable content’ and may end up saving something to OneDrive that can be deemed as violating its terms of service. This can potentially lead to deletion of your OneDrive data and suspension of your account.
Disable Auto Save to OneDrive
Follow the steps below to disable Windows 10 from automatically saving pictures, videos and screen shots to OneDrive.
1. Click on Windows 10 system tray (this is located to the bottom right of your screen, see image below)
2. Right click on the OneDrive icon
3. Click on Settings, and next click on the Auto Save tab
4. Uncheck Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive
5. Next, make sure that “Automatically save photos and videos to OneDrive whenever I connect a camera, Phone, or other device to my PC” is unchecked.
6. Click OK to save these settings
You can also completely disable OneDrive, in case you are using another cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive.