Windows 10 apps running in the background use the system battery, internet bandwidth or system resources. Apps normally run in the background to update their live tiles, download new data and receive notifications. It’s totally depend on you, if you want an app to continue performing these task, you should allow it to running in background or you can disable it.
After disabled the apps in background, you can still use the app normally, but you may have to wait for it to fetch new data after you launch it.
How to stop Windows apps from running in the background
To prevent apps from running in the background use the following steps
- Open Settings.
- Click on Privacy.
- Click on Background apps.
- On the “Background apps” page use one of the two options:
- Turn off the Let apps run in the background toggle switch to disable all apps acquired from the Store.
- Turn off the toggle switches for the specific apps you don’t want to run in the background.
How to stop apps from running in the background using Battery Saver
If you have an laptop, you can also turn on Battery Saver mode, which also disable the apps from running in the background. This feature activates automatically when the battery charge drops below 20 percent, but you can also enable this mode manually if your laptop isn’t plugged into a power source.
To enable Windows 10 Battery Saver mode use the following steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on System.
- Click on Battery.
- Under “Battery saver,” turn on the Battery saver status until next charge toggle switch.
Note: These settings only apply to apps you installed using the Windows Store.