Windows 10 Universal Apps run in the background whether you’re using them or not. While running, they fetch data, keep the apps updated, perform app updates to the latest version, and more.

For some internet connections and computer specifications, these Windows 10 apps running in the background can consume network resources, drain PC resources, and run your battery down to zero.

Let’s look at how to stop background apps from running in Windows 10 and why you should consider doing this for apps you never plan on using.

What You Need to Know About Stopping Background Apps from Running in Windows 10

Before you begin stopping background apps from running in Windows 10, you need to know a few things about the process:

  • You’ll still be able to use apps you stop; they just won’t actively perform actions in the background when not launched.
  • You’ll receive no notifications, including updates, when apps are stopped from running in the background.
  • The core functionality of apps, such as the weather, alarms, and mail apps, will stop all functionality. For example, if you have an alarm set and rely on it daily and stop the alarm app, it’ll no longer go off when set.
  • You can only stop Windows Universal apps in Windows 10. Third-party apps can’t be stopped; you’ll need to completely uninstall them to stop third-party apps from running in the background.

Stopping Background Apps from Running in Windows 10

Open the “Settings” app by either using Cortana or the Win-X Menu.

Search for settings in Win 10

Once open, click on “Privacy.”

Windows Settings - Privacy

Then, scroll down to the bottom left of the settings pane and click “Background apps.”

Privacy Settings Options

This will give you a list of all the active, running, Windows 10 apps on your PC. This list will only include Windows 10 Universal Apps and not third-party ones.

Let apps run in the background in Windows 10

Simply click the slider to the “Off” position for each app you want to stop running in the background in Windows 10.

If you change your mind down the line or find functionality limited or lost, turn the particular app giving issues back on here.

Keep in mind that this will just stop the apps from running in the background. If you want to get rid of the app entirely, you’ll need to uninstall it by right-clicking the app in the Start Menu or All Apps list.


When it comes to controlling what your system does and how it uses its resources, you have to do everything in your power to control those settings.

By stopping Windows 10 apps from running in the background, you can save battery life, system resources, and more. If you find you’re looking for a way to control battery life and system resources better, this is just one small thing you can do to take control of how Windows 10 works for you.

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