14 tips to help you fix OneDrive sync problems on Windows 10

9. How to fix sync problems with OneDrive freeing up local storage

If you're running out of space on your local storage, you may be able to browse your files stored in the cloud, but they won't sync to your device.

To free up space on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Under the "Local Disk (C:)" section, click the Temporary files item.

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  1. Check all the content that you want to clear to free up space to allow OneDrive to sync, including:
    • Downloads.
    • Delivery Optimization Files.
    • Temporary files.
    • Thumbnails.
    • Windows Defender Antivirus.
    • Recycle Bin.
    • Temporary Windows installation files.
    • DirectX Shader Cache.
    • System created Windows Error Reporting Files.
    • Temporary Internet Files.
    • Previous Windows installation(s).
    Quick tip: The available items may vary in your installation. Also, if you're selecting the Downloads item, before clearing these files, make sure to understand that this option deletes everything stored in your "Downloads" folder.
  2. Click the Remove files button.

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After you complete the steps, your device may have more space allowing OneDrive to sync files again. If the storage space still isn't enough, you can follow this guide with more tips free up space on Windows 10.

Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.