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How to Disallow Apps Run in The Background on Windows 10 PC

All Windows 10 Universal Apps have permission to run in the background by default. Apps in Windows 10 run in the background to keep the information updated and check for latest activity associated with that app. These apps often consume lot of memory and may slow down your PC, they often drain battery power a lot.

Here shows several ways to turn off apps running in the background:

How to Turn Off the Background Apps in Settings

To prevent desktop apps from running in the background, you can close or exit that app when you aren't use it. Besides, disable individual apps run in the background can helpfully to conserve power. Here's how:

Step 1: Open the Settings app, click Privacy icon.

Open Privacy settings

Step 2: Click on Background apps in the left side, and turn on(default) or off apps under Let apps run in the background in the right side.

Turn background apps off

If you want an app to continue performing these functions, you should allow it to continue running in the background.

Disallow Apps to Run Background Task in Battery Saver Settings

Battery saver feature can help conserve your PC's battery by limiting background activity and adjusting hardware settings in a tablet and laptop PC. There are 2 option to enable Battery Saver:

Option 1: in the quick-actions area at the bottom of the Action Center.

Here you can quickly turn Battery Saver on and off at will.

Turn on Battery Saver

Once the Battery Saver mode is enabled, apps won't be allowed to run in the background unless manually add them to the Always allowed list here.

Option 2: in the Settings app

Step 1: Open the Settings app, then click on the System icon.

Open System

Step 2: Click Battery in the left side, and click on Battery usage by app link in the right side.

You’ll see a list of apps and how much battery each one is using relatively. This can help you choose which apps to allow or which apps to disallow.

Battery usage by app

Step 3: Select an app from the list, turn off Managed by Windows, and then select or clear the Allow app to run background tasks check box. (Note that some apps can’t be changed.)

Disable app to run background

Learn more see how to turn on/off and configure battery saver in Windows 10.

How to Disable Programs Run At Startup in Task Manager

Some programs are set to launch when you boot up your computer. To prevent these background apps from automatically loading when you sign in, you can disable apps run in Task Manager Startup.

Step 1: Open Task Manager.

Right-click on the Taskbar, then select Task Manager from that menu.

Open Task Manager

Step 2: In Task Manager, click Startup tab to see what runs at startup. If there's any app running automatically in the background that you don't need, click Disable to remove it from this list.

Disable programs startup