How to Stop and Disable Background Running Apps in Windows 10

If your computer is running on the new operating system Windows 10 or recently you have updated your operating system with Windows 10, then you must read on. There are some fantastic features of this operating system, but Windows 10 also allows many apps to run in the background. The entire Windows 10 universal apps or the apps you have installed using the Store have been intended to run in the background by default, which users mostly don’t know about. The apps run in the background to keep their live tiles updated, fetch new data, and receive notifications.

The background running apps on your OS is using a considerable amount of system resources. They also consume a lot of memory and may slow down the system, drain some battery power even if you didn’t open them.

Background running app may be necessary sometimes, and sometimes they are not. So, it’s better to disable the apps which aren’t of use. Disabling unnecessary background apps speeds up your Windows 10 PC and prevents the unnecessary battery draining problem.

To stop background running apps from Settings of Windows 10

  1. Open ‘Settings’ of your Windows PC.
  2. Click on ‘Privacy.’
  3. Click on ‘Background apps’ on the left side.
  4. To disable the entire apps: Turn off the toggle switch of ‘Let apps run in the background.’ This will disable the entire apps from running in the background.
  5. To disable specific apps: Turn off the toggle switch of the particular app you want to disable from running in the background.

To stop background running app by using Battery Saver

This is another way to disable background running apps. If you are using Windows 10 operating system laptop, you can also turn on ‘Battery Saver’ mode. This also blocks apps from running in the background. Battery Saver mode is also activated automatically when your laptop’s battery drops below a specific percent.

To enable battery saver modes manually go through the following steps,

  1. Click on the ‘Battery icon’ in the notification area.
  2. And, click on the ‘Battery Saver’ button.

You can also enable battery saver mode from Settings.

  1. Open ‘Settings.’
  2. Click on ‘System.’
  3. Click on ‘Battery.’
  4. Turn on the toggle switch of ‘Battery saver status until next charge.’

These are the few options to take control of the apps that are running in the background and help to conserve power.

Joey Williams is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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