Disable Sync button in SharePoint Online/2013/2016 document libraries

This SharePoint 2013 tutorial explains, how to disable the Sync button in SharePoint 2013 document library. Sync feature allows users to sync between SharePoint document libraries and user’s local disk in SharePoint 2013.

If you open your SharePoint document library or home page you might see the Sync feature is enabled and which looks like below:

Disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013
Disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013

We can disable this option in the site level as well as for any particular document library level.

Disable Sync in Site Level in SharePoint 2013

Open SharePoint 2013 site. Go to the Site Settings page, then click on “Search and offline availability” under “Search” section.

Then in the “Offline Client Availability” section select No for “Allow items from this site to be downloaded to offline clients?” which looks like below:

Disable Sync button in SharePoint online
Disable Sync button in SharePoint online

Disable Sync in Document library level in SharePoint 2013

If you want to disable the Sync option for a particular document library, then Open the SharePoint document library, then go to the library settings page.

Then in the Library settings page click on Advanced Settings link under General.

Then in the Advanced settings page, Choose No in “Offline Client Availability“, which looks like below:

disable the sync button for sharepoint document libraries
disable the sync button for sharepoint document libraries

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Hope this SharePoint 2013 tutorial helps to disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint Online.

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Bhawana Rathore

Hello Everyone!! I am Bhawana a SharePoint MVP and having about 8+ years of SharePoint experience as well as in .Net technologies . I have worked in all the versions of SharePoint from wss to Office 365. I have good exposure in Customization and Migration using Nintex, Metalogix tools . Now exploring more in SharePoint 2016 :) Hope here I can contribute and share my knowledge to the fullest. As I believe "There is no wealth like knowledge, and no poverty like ignorance"

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