Once you sign into Windows 10, some apps automatically start and keep running in the background. You may want to stop this happen to your PC in case unnecessary apps consume your memory, battery and make your PC run slow. Now I will show how to stop apps from running in the background on Windows 10.

Method 1: Stop Windows 10 apps from running in background through PC settings

Step 1: Click Win icon to bring up Start menu, and then select Settings to open PC settings.

Step 2: Click the Privacy.

Click Privacy

Step 3: Scroll down and select Background apps on the left-side pane. On the right-side pane, it lists a number of apps running in the background. Switch the switch toggle behind the app to the “Off “position so that you can turn off the app and prevent it from running in the background.

Turn off apps in background

Method 2: Stop Windows 10 apps from running in background by Task Manager

Step 1: Right-click on any blank area of the taskbar (or press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keyboard shortcuts) and select Task Manager to open Task Manager.

Step 2: Click More details in the lower left corner to show a full interface of Task Manager.


Step 3: Select Processes tab. It will display some apps and the memory they take up on your PC. Some of the apps are running in the background. If you want to stop them, just right click on the app and select End task.

End task

Note: You need to be very careful. Do not stop any background process by mistake, which may cause your system failure.

Step 4: Select Startup tab. There it displays some apps keeping running once you start your PC. Also it tells how much impact each app have on your Windows 10 PC’s startup – Medium, Low or High. Select the app and click Disabled in the lower right corner so that you can stop it starting and running in the background once you start your PC. Disabling unnecessary apps that have a high impact on PC’s startup can greatly help make your Windows 10 boot faster.

Disable apps running in the background

That’s it. Stopping unnecessary apps from running in the background by either way above can help you free up system resources, spaces and save power on your Windows 10 PC.