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3 Methods to Disable Background Apps on Windows 11

February 18th, 2022 by Admin

How can I turn off background apps in Windows 11? By default, most apps are set to run in the background. This might cause your computer to run slower or use more power and bandwidth. In this tutorial we’ll show you simple ways to disable specific apps or all apps from running in the background on Windows 11.

Method 1: Disable Specific Background Apps Using Settings App

  1. Press the Windows key + I to launch the Windows Settings app. Click Apps on the left sidebar, then click “Apps & features” on the right pane.

  2. Scroll through the list of apps and find the app which you want to prevent from running in the background. Click on the three dots next to the app and select “Advanced options” from the pop-up menu.

  3. Under the “Background apps permissions” section, select “Never” from the drop-down list. This app will never run in the background.

Method 2: Disable All Background Apps Using Group Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor and browse to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> App Privacy. On the right side, double-click the “Let Windows apps run in the background” policy.

  2. Select the Enabled option. Click the “Default for all apps” drop-down menu, select “Force Deny“.

  3. Click Apply and then OK. After restarting your system, Windows 11 will disable all background apps for all user accounts. If you open the Settings app and go to: Apps -> Apps & features, you’ll find that the “Background apps permissions” setting for all apps disappears.

Method 3: Disable All Background Apps Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy. On the right pane, right-click the blank area and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    If the “AppPrivacy” key is missing, right-click on “Windows” key and select New -> Key, name it as AppPrivacy.

  2. Name the newly-created DWORD as LetAppsRunInBackground, and then double-click it and set its value data to 2. Click OK.

  3. Restart Windows 11 to apply your changes. This will prevent all apps from running in the background for all users. Whenever you need to revert the changes, just delete the AppPrivacy key and you’re done.

How to Prevent Windows 10 Apps from Running in the Background

May 15th, 2017 by Admin

How to stop Windows 10 from automatically starting apps in the background? Windows 10 comes with many built-in apps that run in the background by default. Those apps can automatically update live tiles , send notification and stay up-to-date, even if you never use them. This will drain some battery power and consume system resources. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 ways to prevent Windows 10 apps from running in the background.

Method 1: Disable Background Apps in Windows 10 from Settings

  1. Open the Setting app by pressing the Windows logo key + I shortcut.
  2. Click the Privacy icon in the Settings window.


  3. Select Background apps on the left side. On the right pane, you can simply flip the switch to off next to the apps you no longer want running in the background, or prevent all apps from running in the background by switching off “Let apps run in the background“.


  4. The changes take effect immediately. Using this method you can also prevent third-party apps from running in the background.

If you change your mind then you can turn on certain background apps any time you want. For example, if you start to use the Mail app to send/receive mails, you need to allow the Mail app to run in the background. Otherwise you won’t get notification of new mails.

Method 2: Disable Background Apps in Windows 10 Using Registry Editor

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type regedit and press Enter.


  2. When the Registry Editor appears, navigate to the following key:
  3. Right-click on the BackgroundAccessApplications key in the left pane, and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it GlobalUserDisabled and set its value to 1. (1: Turn off all background apps, 0: Turn on background apps)


  4. Close Registry Editor. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you want to use Registry Editor to turn off a certain background app only, just set GlobalUserDisabled to 0 and then expand the BackgroundAccessApplications key in the left side of Registry Editor. Locate the subkey for the app that you disallow to run in the background, create two new DWORD values named “Disabled” and “DisalbedByUser” and set the values to 1.


That’s it. Now you have disabled background apps in Windows 10.