Photos app downloading LOTS from OneDrive every day

Hey. I’ve got probably over 200GB or so of photos + videos in OneDrive from my mobile phone camera roll over the years.

I’m running Win 10 1709.

In the past couple of weeks I get these notifications from OneDrive saying its doing a download of files in the background because the photos app has requested it.

I get a chance to cancel it, which takes a while but does seem to cancel.

The problem is that it’ll just do it again later anyway when I’m not at the PC.

Over the past week I’ve had it download well over 160GB 4 days out of 5. This morning I have 8MB (M!!) of space available again.

It’s easy to get back the space by right-clicking and telling OneDrive to “clear space” in Explorer.

I’ve visited the settings area the OneDrive notification suggestions and it doesn’t list the “photos” app as something I can prevent from doing these auto downloads. In fact that entire list of apps is empty – would I expect to see some there?

The only thing I can think of is that I’ve got the “Auto-Save” location for pictures in the OneDrive settings set to “OneDrive” rather than “this PC only”.

My PC is domain joined… Very small directory though – literally me as the very part-time admin for a business with 4 people. No policies at all configuring the placement of pictures, documents, etc.

Luckily I now have infinite Internet quota available at work and at home. Fortunately OneDrive is respecting the “metered network” settings for when I’m travelling too.

Anyone else seeing this crazy behaviour??


Conversation 6 comments

  • Usman

    Premium Member
    20 December, 2017 - 6:34 pm

    <p>You might have to kill onedrive support from the app. Click settings and remove the onedrive source folders. That's the only solution I found, and seemed to the common way out of it.</p><p><br></p><p>I never understood why the app would do this, it would always kick off a onedrive notification saying it's downloading images. worst part, it was downloading images from 2011 and 2012, there is no need for it to be doing that.</p><p><br></p><p>Is there a fix? Im on RS4, just checked the photos app, the onedrive folders are there but I have not received any download notifications yet. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>I did post it on the feedback hub :</p><p><br></p><p>Not that many responses and clearly it's not fixed for others in 1709</p>

    • IanYates82

      Premium Member
      20 December, 2017 - 7:23 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#229593"><em>In reply to Usman:</em></a></blockquote><p>Thanks for the reply.</p><p><br></p><p>It's at least comforting to know I'm not the only one with the problem.</p><p><br></p><p>I'll try your suggestion with the photos app. I want to try to use the app, and want to like it, but it's just not going to be as convenient or useful as Google Photos (I've got the same stuff sync'd there too – just OneDrive has the full-fidelity copies versus Google which has lower quality photos, not that I've really been able to see a meaningful difference).</p><p><br></p><p>Cheers</p>

  • arunphilip

    20 December, 2017 - 11:33 pm

    <p>I've not faced this problem. </p><p><br></p><p>However, in the Photos app's settings, have you turned off anything that might initiate a download (e.g. People detection, showing image previews on the tile, etc.)? </p>

  • NitroXenon

    21 December, 2017 - 3:23 am

    <p>Till now i did't get this type of problem.I do regularly check the back up option on photos app then turn it off.You can turn it off by go to settings then off the option that "autosynchronisation ".Actually i got this solution after watching some <a href="; target="_blank">technical videos on terrarium tv app</a> and <a href="; target="_blank">Terrarium tv for windows</a></p>

  • Patrick3D

    21 December, 2017 - 10:30 am

    <p>At work and at home I have the Pictures folder of my user profile located in their respective OneDrive accounts (Personal vs Business) and have not run into this problem. Location changed via right-click &gt; Properties &gt; Location tab of the Pictures folder. I don't use the Photos app for anything other than cropping the occasional photo, though.</p>

  • TSForrest

    18 March, 2022 - 12:48 pm

    <p>I finally found the setting that prevents the Photos app from automatically downloading all online files in a folder when opening a single file in the app.</p><p><br></p><p>-&gt; Click the "…" button at the top left of the Photos window</p><p><br></p><p>-&gt; Click to Select "Settings"</p><p><br></p><p>-&gt; Scroll down until you see the following option:</p><p><br></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;"Automatically create albums from photos of videos in your collection. Show suggested albums from your OneDrive account."</p><p><br></p><p>-&gt; Set to OFF</p><p><br></p><p>That should do it.&nbsp;It fixed it for me.&nbsp;If you have different results, please reply here, and I will see if I can figure out if there may be a combination of settings, or something else, that could be causing this issue for you.</p><p><br></p><p>-TSForrest</p>

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