How to Disable Background Apps in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to turn off running background apps when using Windows 11 to improve performance.

Windows loads some apps in the background so that they can info, send notifications, receive updates and do other things, even if you’re not using them. If you have a lot of apps running in the background, they can lead to poor performance at times.

There may be some apps that you will always want to run in the background. But other apps that you don’t use at all should not be allowed to always startup and run when you have no use for them. Windows 11 allows you to disable running background apps, but one at a time.

The new Windows 11 also has the ability to disable running background apps, the steps below is going to show you. You can go through your apps list, see which are important and stay running and disable less important apps to improve your system performance.

To get started with disabling running background apps in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn off running background apps in Windows 11

To disable apps from running in the background, you do that from the System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, select Apps & features on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Apps & features settings pane, under App list, you’ll see apps that are available and running in the background. Some of these are needed, like the weather app – to get timely weather info, Alarms & Clock – to receive important event reminders and others.

So apps, no so much and can be stopped from running in the background.

To stop a app from running in the background, locate the apps that you want to stop and click on the ellipsis (three vertical dots) next to them and select ‘Advanced options’ from the menu.

In the Advanced option, under Background apps permissions, choose to Never run this apps in the background.

This will prevent the apps from running again in the background. You have to do that one at a time for apps you deemed not important. Keep that apps that are important so that you keep getting accurate and time information from Windows.

That should do it!


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