Top 8 Ways to Fix "Google Drive Won't Stop Uploading" Issue

In this article, you will find 8 ways to fix "Google Drive won't stop uploading" issue and one Google Drive app alternative if your Google Drive cannot work normally.


by Jonna Lasted Updated December 28, 2023

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Google Drive won’t stop uploading!

Nowadays, more and more people prefer to store data on cloud drives and Google Drive is one of the best choices for users. It allows users to backup and sync files from local hard drives to cloud storage for safekeeping. But sometimes, there may be some troubles with Google Drive uploading and users want to stop the uploading process.

As for why users need to stop Google Drive from uploading, there are usually two reasons. One is that Google Drive has been running for a long time but seems never to stop uploading; the other is that you have put the wrong files into uploading tasks and you want to stop Google Drive from uploading the wrong files. If you want to know how to pause Google Drive upload on PC, Mac or mobile phones, you can keep reading.

How to stop Google Drive from uploading files and folders

In the following parts, 8 free and safe ways to stop Google Drive from uploading photos, documents, images, etc. will be presented in the following parts. And one Google Drive desktop app alternative also will be introduced. If your Google Drive cannot work normally, you can try the fixes below one by one or use CBackup to replace Google Drive directly.

Fix 1. Pause Google Drive desktop app

Drive for desktop is the very latest Google Drive app to replace former Google Backup and Sync or Drive File Stream, which can backup local items including photos/videos and other files to Google Drive. If you want to stop Google Drive from uploading files, you can just pause the Google Drive for desktop app.

1. Just go to the system tray and click the icon of this app. If you don't see the icon, click the upward-pointing arrow in that same area to expand more icons.

2. Click the Settings icon and choose Pause syncing from the menu.

Pause Syncing

Fix 2. Quit Drive for desktop

If the “Pause syncing” function till cannot help your stop Google Drive uploading progress, you can take a harsher step of closing the app.

1. Just go to the system tray and click the icon of this app. If you don't see the icon, click the upward-pointing arrow in that same area to expand more icons.

2. Click the Settings icon and click the Quit option.

Drive for Desktop Quit

Fix 3. Cancel Google Drive upload on computer

When your Google Drive is backing up, a prompt box will pop up. You can click CANCEL in the upper right corner of the prompt to cancel the upload task manually.

Click Cancle

Fix 4. Disconnect your account

You can also stop uploading files by signing out of your account. Follow the steps below to terminate the current backup and sync service:

1. Open Google Drive for desktop. Then, click the Settings icon and click Preferences.

Google Drive Preference

2. Then a window pops up. Choose the Settings tab in the upper right corner and click on Disconnect account to log out your Google account to stop Google Drive from uploading.

Disconnect Account

Fix 5. Disable network connection

Indirectly, to stop Google Drive from uploading or downloading, you can just cut off the network connection of the device. Without the Network connection, no file transfer task could be carried out.

You can cut off the network supply for your computer or disable cellular data and Wi-Fi connection for your mobile phone. Turning the phone into “Airplane Mode” will also cut off its network connection. Or, just set application upload and download speed to zero.

Bandwidth Settings

Fix 6. Uncheck all folders

Choosing no source folder makes Google Drive for desktop has no file to operate and this will actually stop Google uploading task.

Note: This method applies to the previous Backup and Sync.

1. Select Preferences in the above settings options.

2. In My Computer tab, uncheck all cloud items in Google Drive tab or just uncheck Sync My Drive to this computer. Finally, click OK.

Uncheck Source Folders

Fix 7. Disable Google Drive Offline Sync

1. Go to the Google Drive website, click on Settings (the gear icon on the top right of the screen).

2. In the pop-up window, in default General tab, move to Offline column, and uncheck “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline” option.

Uninstall Google Drive

Fix 8. Uninstall Google Drive

If all the above methods can’t solve your situation, the stupid way is to uninstall Google Drive to force it to stop. This way is troublesome for you have to do all settings again when you reinstall the program just like the first time you install it.

1. Click on Start and choose Settings (the gear icon above Power icon).

2. Select Apps & features and find Google Drive in the right app list, click on it and click Uninstall.


Bonus tip: Use a Google Drive upload tool without any issue

Actually, some above solutions are temporary methods that can stop uploading for the current time, and Google Drive will get back to upload when the interference is removed like pausing Google Drive. So, if you are tired of handling this kind of problem with Google Drive, you can use a third-party free cloud backup service like CBackup to backup and sync files to Google Drive or switch Google Drive to other cloud drives.

CBackup is a free cloud service that supports multiple cloud drives like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, FTP/SFTP, and so on. With CBackup, you can add multiple cloud storage accounts and then backup files to these added cloud drives or move files between cloud storage directly and quickly.

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Let’s follow the steps below to backup files to Google Drive easily and safely with CBackup.

1. Please create a CBackup account freely. Then, sign in to CBackup desktop app.

Sign Up

2. Click the Storage tab and select Google Drive and click Authorize Now. After that, sign in to your Google Drive account, and give access to CBackup. Then, edit the settings for your Google Drive on CBackup.

Select Google Drive

3. Select Backup > Backup PC to Public Cloud.

Create Task

4. Edit the Task Name and choose computer files to backup, and then hit Google Drive as the Destination. Then press Start Backup to backup files to Google Drive easily.

Start Backup Files to Google Drive

Final words

To solve “Google Drive won't stop uploading” issue, you can try the methods listed above one by one. However, the problem may only be resolved temporarily and you may face the same problem in the future. Therefore, if you want to avoid these issues that come with Google Drive, you can use CBackup to not only backup files to Google Drive but also backup Google Drive to other cloud drives directly.

Jonna · Editor
Jonna becomes a professional in the areas of cloud backup and restoration, data protection, etc. after years of learning and researching. She maintains a keen eye for the latest technology trends, ensuring that the information provided is always in step with industry developments.

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