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How to Stop Windows 10 Apps from Running in the Background

Windows 10 allows its built-in apps and Universal apps to run in the background by default. This can be handy if you want to get notifications from apps like Twitter or News. And it lets the apps update in the background, too.

However, there are also certain disadvantages to this. If you’re on a laptop or other Windows 10 device like a Microsoft Surface, you might want to disable them from running to save battery juice.

Another reason to turn them off would be if you’re on a cellular connection. You don’t need apps that you’re not using eating away at your data plan.

Disable Windows 10 Background Apps

Turning them off is simple, as long as you know where to look. Head to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. From there you can simply flip the switch to off next to the apps you no longer want running in the background. That’s all there is to it!

Turn off Background apps Windows 10

It’s interesting that the apps run in the background by default. In Windows 8.1, some apps would ask you if you wanted them to run in the background during installation.

Skype Windows 8

The Skype modern app would ask you if it can run in the background during installation.

Using this in conjunction with disabling startup programs in Windows 10 can make for a better user experience overall. Especially while you’re on the go and using a tablet or other Windows 10 device that has limited hardware resources.

If you’re still running Windows 8.1 and want to stop background apps, read our article: Stop Windows 8 Apps from Running in Background.

What’s your opinion? Do you think having apps run in the background by default is a good idea, or not so much? Also, let us know if you can save on battery life and limit data use by disabling them in the comments below.

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One Response to How to Stop Windows 10 Apps from Running in the Background

  1. Jignesh June 26, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the tips. I am using windows 10 version 1511. I want to use skype but run it in background. When I minimize it, it should be no longer seen in navigation manu (Pressing Alt + Tab). Is there any way?

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