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How to Turn off Background Apps in Windows 10

Windows 10 generally comes with numbers of Microsoft apps, and these programs probably run automatically in the background for particular purposes. Hence, it’s one of the reasons that your system sometimes being somehow slow.

Plus, you may have downloaded others from the Microsoft Apps Store like WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram, and so on. These apps also run in the background regularly when your laptop is on even you’re not using it.

Microsoft Windows Background Apps


Since this kind of application continuously performed in the system, it’s generally called background apps. And, it’s probably using a slight amount of your computer RAM/CPU, internet data, and consuming the battery percent.

So, you may ask why did these programs continue to run and used some of these elements? Well, it usually for the app’s notifications (Facebook, Email, etc.), Start menu live tiles (photos, Sport, News, etc.), updates, and so forth.

Each of the apps perhaps consumed only a small quantity of the resources. However, imagine if there are too many of these apps runs in your system continuously. It could utilize an unpleasant amount of resources, power, and internet data of your laptop.

How to Turn off Background Apps in Windows 10


As you probably know, not all these applications necessarily need to be disabled. It depends on you as we need some essential apps (e.g., email, weather, news, sports updates, etc.) for our daily requirements.

To that end, here in this post, we’ll walk you through on how to turn off background apps in Windows 10, so you can improve and manage these things out. Remember that you can still run the Background Apps after disabling it.

It’s because you only prevent these applications from running in the background, and it’ll generally run whenever you launch it. Therefore, there is a couple of solution we can use concerning this issue.

Turn off by using the Privacy from Windows Settings
Using Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

Disable the apps on the Privacy from Windows Settings


When talking about how to turn off background apps in Windows 10, the best and easiest way to do it is on the Privacy from Windows Settings. So, follow this set of instruction below to disable it:

Open Windows Settings and select Privacy settings. On the left pane scroll down and navigate to Background apps.

Or, you can press Windows key + S, type background apps, and hit Enter.

Below the Choose which apps can run in the background and turn off the button next to the app to prevent it operates continuously.

Also, you can complete disabling all the available apps. On the Background Apps, turn off the button under the Let apps run in the background.

Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)


Besides, you can utilize the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) to stop all the apps that perform in the background. However, this method is unavailable for Windows Home Edition users. So, use the following steps:

Press Windows key + S, type gpedit.msc, and select or click Run as administrator.

On the Local Group Policy Editor window left pane, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy.

Double click to edit the “Let Windows apps run in the background” on its right pane.

At the “Let Windows apps run in the background” window, select Enable.

Under the “Options:” click the drop-down menu beside the “Default to all apps:” and select Force Deny.

And then select Apply, click OK and restart your laptop or computer.

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