How to Disable Background Apps Windows 11 – All and Single

Most of the apps are closed in Windows 11, when you are not using them. But some of them are still running in the background. For example, Feedback Hub, Get Help, Maps, People, Sticky Notes and many of them.

Widgets in Windows 11 need to run in the background to get the latest updates of weather, stocks, traffic, news, tips and many more. If you stop that particular background app, you may not get the latest updates.

Disable All Background Apps Windows 11 – Advantage

When there are too many that are running in the background, it will take a lot of CPU, RAM and GPU resources. In that way it will slow down your PC. If your hardware configuration is the latest one with 11th generation i7 Intel processor and 16GB DDR4 RAM, then it’s not a problem.

But if you have a legacy laptop with just sufficient 4GB RAM and Core 2 Duo Processor, then there are limitations in the number of background apps running. Also some apps require too much system processes which will delay other tasks.

The best way to disable Windows 11's background apps

For all these complicated reasons, you can either stop background apps running in Windows 11 altogether or only the required ones.

In this tutorial we are going to see 3 methods to disable all the background apps in Windows 11 at once or one by one.

How to Disable Background Apps Windows 11 – Group Policy Editor

This method will stop all the background apps running in the background in one go. If your intention is to stop all the apps, then this is a perfect solution.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. Press the Win key and type “group policy”. Then click on the Edit Group Policy control panel item.
open local group policy editor windows 11
  1. Navigate to the following path – Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\App Privacy
  2. View by Standard on the right-hand side. Make the window full screen.
  3. Double-click on the setting “Let Windows apps run in the background”. It is almost at the bottom.
lets windows apps run in the background disable gpo
  1. Select the Disabled option. Click on OK. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.
disabled setting gpo
  1. Restart the PC.

This will disable all the apps running in the background in Windows 11 in one instance.

How to Stop Single App Running in the Background in Windows 11 – Two Methods

There is an alternate way to stop individual apps from running in the background. Let’s see the first method.

Disable a BackGround App using Windows 11 Settings

  1. Press the Win + I keys together to open Settings.
  2. Apps > Apps & features.
windows 11 apps and features
  1. All your apps are listed.
  2. Click the 3 vertical dots against the required app.
  3. Click on Advanced Options.
advanced options windows 11 apps
  1. Under Background apps permission, select “Never” from the drop-down.
set background app permission to never in windows 11
  1. By default it will be Power-optimized (Recommended).

This will stop the app from running in the background. For example, I stopped the Feedback Hub app.

How to Stop BackGround App Running in Windows 11 Laptop

In the earlier versions of Windows 11 or in the laptop, the following procedure also works.

  1. Open the Settings app as before.
  2. System > Power & battery
  3. Under the Battery section click the Battery usage.
  4. Next go the section – Battery usage by app
  5. Locate your desired app. Click the 3 vertical dots to the right of the app’s name.
  6. Select Manage background activity.
  7. Under Background app permissions select Never from the drop-down.

This will disable background apps in the laptop list of Windows 11 apps.

Conclusion

You can always restore the background activity of the app, if you feel it is necessary. Some apps don’t require a lot of resources. In that case, you can disable them. But some of them are necessary.

You can do a trial and error process which slows down your computer or laptop. Then you can decide whether the above group policy editor trick is good enough or the single app tweak is better.

Let me know if you face any issues after disabling the background apps in Windows 11. 

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