what to know

  • Go Adjustment , Apps , installed apps, Squeeze Three point Next to the app. choose advanced options,
  • then, change background app permissions Happen Never To close background apps.
  • Use Group Policy or Registry Editor to prevent All Stop apps from running in the background.

This article explains how to turn off background apps on Windows 11.

Use Settings to stop programs running in the background on Windows 11

The Settings app lets you manage which Microsoft Store apps can run in the background. Use this method to stop background usage only for specific apps (versus all apps at once, like with the following technique).

  1. open Adjustment, The easiest way is to press win,I,

  2. choose Apps left side.

  3. choose installed apps on the right.

  4. Locate the app from the list by searching for it or manually scrolling through it.

  5. Squeeze Three point Next to the app, then advanced options,

  6. scroll down background app permissionschoose more Never From the drop-down menu.

    the default option is Power Optimized (recommended), If you choose this option, Windows will decide what’s best to help you save the most power while allowing apps to update periodically and receive notifications.

Turn off all background apps on Windows 11 with Group Policy

Some versions of Windows 11 let you turn off background apps through the Local Group Policy Editor. This is useful for closing all background apps at once. doing this will stop background app permissions The option you read about above.

  1. search windows gpedit.mscOr execute that command through the Run dialog box (win,R,

  2. From the left pane, navigate to computer configuration , Administrative Templates , windows components , app privacy,

  3. On the right, double-click Allow Windows apps to run in the background,

  4. choose Active At the top.

  5. below that, in Option change region Default for all apps option of forcefully deny,

  6. choose Ok To save.

Use Registry Editor to Disable Background Apps

An alternative way to close all background apps is to add a new registry value to the Windows Registry. This is another way to edit the Group Policy setting described above.

  1. Open Registry Editor and go to this registry key:


    Paste the above path at the top of the Registry Editor to go directly there.

  2. open app privacy Key from the left panel.

    If you don’t see it, right-click windows key and go to New , key, name it app privacyand then press enter,

  3. double click LetAppsRunInBackground From the right pane.

    If you don’t see it, double-click app privacy key so that it is selected, and then add a new registry value: Right-click on an empty area on the right and select New , DWORD (32-bit) value,

  4. double click LetAppsRunInBackground To open and edit its properties value data to the field 2,

  5. Press Ok To save, then reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Check app’s settings for background activity option

Even if not installed through the Microsoft Store, some apps let you control whether they run in the background. However, the setting to turn off these background apps is not in the Windows Settings app or Group Policy Editor.

Chrome is a good example of this. Open (select) browser settings. Three point Menu at top and Adjustment), choose System to the left, and then turn off Keep background apps running when Google Chrome is closed,

What happens when I close background apps?

The idea behind closing background apps when the app is not in use is to save system resources and power. Stopping an app’s background use means it will no longer send or receive notifications, sync information, or stay updated unless you open it.

If you find that one of your apps is causing your laptop’s battery to drain even when you’re not actively using it, following the above steps can help your laptop’s battery last longer. Can. You can also save memory and bandwidth if a background app is consuming too much of those resources.

When you turn off a program’s ability to run in the background, you are instructing your computer to free up that power, memory, etc. so that it can be used for your apps. Are Actively using.

Other ways to stop a program from running

There are situations where you may want to stop a program to prevent distractions or save battery, memory, or bandwidth, but there is no option to stop it from running in the background.

Some programs start automatically when the computer turns on, even if you don’t plan to use them immediately or ever. It’s easy to see how this could affect all your other apps to do want to use. An easy way to limit this type of app is to disable it from the Startup Apps area of ​​Settings. Here’s how to do that: How to change startup programs in Windows 11.

An app may become unresponsive or use more memory than you want, either intentionally or due to a bug. See How to Force-Quit a Program in Windows 11.

Finally, consider whether you want the program on your computer. If you delete an app, you won’t have to worry about it affecting system performance or battery life. Go Adjustment , Apps , installed apps To remove your software program.

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