You can stop apps from running in the background lớn save battery, data usage, & (some) system resources, và in this guide, we"ll show you how on Windows 10.

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On Windows 10, many apps you tải về from the Microsoft Store will continue khổng lồ run in the background to lớn take advantage of additional features, such as the ability to tải về data, update Live Tiles, và show notifications.

Although these features can be useful in a number of scenarios, apps running in the background (even when you didn"t start them) can drain battery, waste bandwidth & system resources. Luckily, if keeping apps updated isn"t something important for you, Windows 10 ships with settings khổng lồ control which apps are allowed to operate in the background.

In this Windows 10 guide, we"ll walk you through the steps khổng lồ prevent apps from running in the background.

How lớn stop background apps using Privacy settings

To disable apps from running in the background wasting system resources, use these steps:

Open Settings.Click on Privacy.Click on Background apps.Under the "Choose which apps can run in the background" section, turn off the toggle switch for the apps you want to lớn restrict.

Alternatively, under the "Background Apps" section, you can turn off the Let apps in the background toggle switch lớn prevent any app from running in the background toggle switch.

Once you"ve completed the steps, you can still use the apps normally, but when you close them, all the processes will be terminated until you launch the app again.

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How khổng lồ stop background apps using System settings

Alternatively, on laptops and tablets, it"s also possible khổng lồ prevent apps from running in the background enabling the Battery Saver mode.

While the feature will enable automatically as the battery life drops below trăng tròn percent, you can enable the mode manually at any time using these steps:

Open Settings.Click on System.Click on Battery.Under the "Battery saver" section, turn off the Battery saver status until next charge toggle switch.Quick Tip: It"s also possible lớn turn on Battery saver by clicking the battery icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar và clicking the Battery saver button.

After completing the steps, none of your apps will be allowed to lớn run in the background while the feature is enabled.

These instructions only apply for apps you acquired from the Microsoft store. If you"re looking khổng lồ stop classic applications from using background resources, you need to lớn close the program manually và make sure to lớn stop the program from running at startup.

Update January 28, 2019: This guide has been revised to make sure it"s current with the latest version of Windows 10.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is lớn write comprehensive how-tos lớn help users get the most out of Windows 10 & its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, & CompTIA, & he"s a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.