How to Disable Background Apps in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to turn off running background apps when using Windows 11 to improve performance.

Windows loads some apps in the background so that they can info, send notifications, receive updates and do other things, even if you’re not using them. If you have a lot of apps running in the background, they can lead to poor performance at times.

There may be some apps that you will always want to run in the background. But other apps that you don’t use at all should not be allowed to always startup and run when you have no use for them. Windows 11 allows you to disable running background apps, but one at a time.

When the new Windows 11 is released to everyone, user might see many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to learn manage Windows.

The new Windows 11 also has the ability to disable running background apps, the the steps below is going to show you. You can go through your apps list, see which are important and stay running and disable less important apps to improve your system performance.

Also, students and new users who want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with disabling running background apps in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to turn off running background apps in Windows 11

To disable apps from running in the background, you do that from the System settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Apps, select Apps & features on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 app apps features

On the Apps & features settings pane, under App list, you’ll see apps that are available and running in the background. Some of these are needed, like the weather app – to get timely weather info, Alarms & Clock – to receive important event reminders and others.

So apps, no so much and can be stopped from running in the background.

windows 11 running background apps

To stop a app from running in the background, locate the apps that you want to stop and click on the ellipsis (three vertical dots) next to them and select ‘Advanced options’ from the menu.

stop background apps from running in windows 11

In the Advanced option, under Background apps permissions, choose to Never run this apps in the background.

never run background apps in windows 11

This will prevent the apps from running again in the background. You have to do that one at a time for apps you deemed not important. Keep that apps that are important so that you keep getting accurate and time information from Windows.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to disable or turn off background running apps in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


  1. How lame, there should be an option, as there is in Windows 10, to disable ALL “apps” from running in the background, and then allow you to enable the VERY FEW you might want to allow.

  2. Microsoft you really need to run the actual instructions that they are telling us, before they advise anyone, because none of what they are saying is on the screen at all. No settings, and the 3 dots only say modify which you can’t access, and delete,

  3. It is not letting me remove certain apps permissions from running in the background. How do I fix it?

  4. There is no option for background apps in the Advanced option settings…..I have also tried the gpedit or the gpedit.msc but it shows that it couldn’t find any file naming that…….It will be very helpful if you can solve my problem

  5. I see the information in Windows 11 setting. When I click in the 3 dots,Advanced option is displayed, and below that ‘Move’ is graded out, a mind there is ‘uninstall’. I don’t want to uninstall,just want it to stop running in the background. How is that accomplished!

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