Many of us upload files to OneDrive regularly, and since the client offers automatic uploading in the background, all we have to do is drag and drop the file and wait for it to sync. That said, sometimes you may encounter Slow OneDrive upload or download speed. Someone shared a file with you that downloads indefinitely, and the same goes for files you’ve downloaded. In this article, we will share the steps you can take when you encounter this problem.

Slow OneDrive upload or download speed

It is essential to understand that it will not be wrong to blame your internet for being slow without considering other factors. Not only speed matters, but the size of the upload and download also matters, the speed at which the computer can read and send the data to the download server, and ISP restrictions on the download are also important.

  1. Check the network speed configured for OneDrive
  2. Use a wired connection instead of a wireless connection
  3. What else do you download?
  4. Your computer goes into sleep mode?
  5. Check with the ISP.

1]Check the network speed configured for OneDrive

Right-click the OneDrive icon in the system tray and select settings from the menu. This will open a new window where you need to switch to the Network tab. Make sure the upload and download rate is set to Do not throttle. If you set it to automatic or limited, it will slow down both uploading and downloading of files.

2]Use a wired connection instead of a wireless connection

Generally, wired connections are faster than wireless connections. If the location of your laptop or computer does not have good signal strength, downloading and uploading will suffer. You have two options here. Connect to an Ethernet wire that comes directly from the router or move closer to the router, which will rule out any possibility of a blind spot or weak connection.

3]What else do you download?

Many times there are multiple downloads going on, and they can be from different apps. Check if you are also uploading to other services including Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. When you have multiple downloads from different services, bandwidth or download speed is shared. It will also impact the upload and download speed of OneDrive. So if uploading to OneDrive is a priority, it would be best to pause everything else and let the OneDrive upload complete.

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4]Does your computer go into sleep mode?

Slow OneDrive upload or download speed

Most laptops and computers are set to go into sleep mode when not in use for a long time. If you have started the download, paused for a long time and find it confusing that the download is still stuck, your computer is going into sleep mode. Make sure to disable sleep mode and at most turn off the monitor so that the upload or download continues to run in the background. You can even choose to keep the background process active with the laptop lid closed.

5]Check with the ISP?

If all else fails, it’s time to talk to your ISP. If they have a problem and it happens with every other download service you’ve tried, it’s not your fault. They must have restricted the bandwidth of your account, or your plan is not sufficient for your needs. Often, local service providers restrict based on usage, and you only realize this when you need more. You can use services like Fast or SpeedTest to check your bandwidth if you need to provide your ISP with a screenshot or proof that the problem is real.

I hope the post was easy to follow and you were able to fix the slow uploading and downloading issues you are having with OneDrive.

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