How to Disable Background Apps in Windows 11


Microsoft’s Windows is one of the most popular and widely used operating systems in the world and its latest version i.e. Windows 11 comes with some new and essential features, further elevating its user experience. More than often, people engage in multitasking on their PCs which requires more consumption of the processor, RAM, and GPU, and sometimes, it greatly affects the battery life. But apart from multitasking, there are always some background apps that start running automatically in the background of our Windows which creates unnecessary consumption of resources.

These background apps not only drain the battery of the device but also slow down real-time tasks and other essential processes. So whether you have a PC or a laptop, having control over the background apps on your Windows becomes an important task. This article is a comprehensive guide where we have listed the four easy methods by which you can disable background apps in Windows 11 and make your device faster.

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1. Disable Background Apps Using Windows Apps Settings

  1. Press the Win+I button to open Windows Settings. Click on Apps and then select Installed Apps.
    windows 11 settings

  2. Click on the three dots beside the app of which you want to disable the background activity and then click on Advanced options.
    app advanced options

  3. Under the Background apps permission option, select Never using the dropdown menu and you are done. You can manually do the same for other installed apps on your Windows 11.
    background app permission

2. Disable Background Apps Using Windows Power & Battery Usage Settings

  1. Press the Win+I button to open Windows Settings. Go to System settings and then click on Power & battery.
    windows system settings

  2. In Power & battery settings, click on the Battery usage to expand it.
    expand power and battery usage

  3. Scroll a little bit and you will find the Battery usage per app. You can check which app is draining more of your device’s battery. To disable the background activity of an app, click on the three dots beside it and then click on Manage background activity.
    battery usage per app

3. Disable Background Apps Using Windows Task Manager

  1. There are certain applications in our Windows that automatically start in the background whenever we boot our PC. So if you want to disable those apps, then right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Task Manager.
    open task manager

  2. In the Task Manager, go to the Startup apps and there you will find all the startup apps with their status and their startup impact. To disable an app, right-click on the Enabled option in the Status column of that app and select Disable.
    windows startup apps

4. Disable Background Apps Using Windows Registry Editor

  1. If you want to disable background apps all at once, you can go with this step. First, press Win+R to open Run. Type regedit in the box and click OK.
    windows registry editor

  2. In the Registry Editor, click on the address bar and paste the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Now right-click on the Windows folder, hover on New, and then click on Key.
    windows registry editor

  3. Rename the Key as AppPrivacy. Right-click on AppPrivacy, hover on New and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    add new DWORD value

  4. Rename the REG DWORD as LetAppsRuninBackground.
    rename DWORD

  5. Now right-click on the LetAppsRuninBackground and select Modify. Then change the Value data to 2 and click OK. Now restart your PC to take effect.
    change DWORD value to 2

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Abhishek Mahato

Exploring the realm of the internet is one of the leisure pursuits of Abhishek. He's is fond of gadgets & games, and likes to put his learnings into useful tech articles for you.