Add a scheduler for downloads/uploads. It would be nice if we could keep for example a computer running but configure that the synchronization should only happen between a specific timeframe (e.g. between midnight and 8AM). The reasoning behind this is that a lot of internet providers with a fair use policy and when you download/upload large quantities of data during off-peak hours they only count for 50% or even 20%, so every 1MB that you download/upload only counts for 0.5MB or even 0.2MB.
Thanks for the suggestion. If you’re trying to optimize for “initial sync” when deploying to your company, we have a group policy for throttling to help minimize impact on your network. We also have a pause feature that an end user can take advantage of.
Once you’re fully up in running, we need to make sure we always deliver on the promise of sync which is that your changes will be reflected everywhere. This is critical to avoid painful conflicts and confusion about why updates aren’t reflected in documents.
We don’t have the ability to take time of day into consideration on throttling yet, but that could be a really interesting feature that helps you manage this.
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Dear Microsoft, Please provide a uniform way to schedule data syncing on a daily basis. Not allowing this critical feature remains a mystery. A well developed software would certainly allow this feature. I'm sure when there is adequate time, you will get around to adding this critical function.
I too find it very frustrating that I can't schedule OneDrive's syncing to run at specific times. When it's syncing, every other device in the house slows down to a crawl, including internet-based TV like Roku, even though we have a lot of bandwidth. We are constantly running to the computer to pause syncing manually. I'd love to be able to schedule it to run at night. Until that's possible, at least allow other pause length choices between 2 and 8 hours (or just let us customize pause length).
Note: I am uploading videomand this has been going on for weeks.
Paul Karlsgodt commented
Not having this feature is a SIGNIFICANT drawback to using OneDrive. I have a supposedly "high speed" connection and the OneDrive sync function completely shuts down my household bandwidth.
Any feedback on this matter. I have 40GB of data I need to upload and need to do this when I go to bed in order not to cause delays during the day with my other devices and streaming facilities. Please help!
Jacob i. commented
Also useful for homes with lower bandwidth, with no higher bandwidth options available.
Does Microsoft actually read these comments and respond to them? I have the same issues having satellite internet. Because I can't control when one drive uploads, I have been shaped having used all my peak data allowance for this month and it is only the 7th. I have tons of offpeak data left but can't wait up till 1 am to copy stuff to one drive. I am going to attempt today to start copying at 5pm then get onedrice to pause uploads for 8 hours. Will see what happens.
Please implement this feature.
I agree. Right now my wife's laptop is using ALL of the UP bandwidth with the OneDrive Sync. It would be great to schedule it to sync during a window. For her laptop I would set it to 12-6 AM daily.
Especially with satellite ISP's you get what is basically free bandwidth between 2:00 am and 8:00 am local time. This could represent a huge savings, especially when first setting up OneDrive.
Yes, I really need this too. My slow upload (640Kb/s) is totally swamped if Onedrive is syncing. I am trying to upload photos and video for example and have had to resort to a scheduled Windows task to launch onedrive sync at 2am and then kill the process at 8am.
I would live this feature. As soon as either google drive, drop box or OneDrive has this, I will be moving all my cloud syncing to that service.
I get unlimited bandwidth between 12am and 5am over my satellite, so this is a MUST HAVE feature for me.
Jaco Visser commented
Yes that would be a useful feature.