How to Enable or Disable Background Apps in Windows 11

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The article provides instructions on managing background apps in Windows 11. Users can either permit or restrain apps from operating in the background when not actively in use. Windows 11 offers three settings: “Always”, “Power optimized” (recommended), and “Never”. These options can be adjusted for individual apps in the system settings. The guide also suggests…

This article describes steps to allow or prevent apps from running in the background in Windows 11.

Windows allows you to manage background activity for apps. For example, you can determine what an app does when running in the background and not actively in use.

Apps running in the background can send and receive notifications, sync information, and stay up to date. If you do not want the app to run in the background, or if it uses a lot of battery when running in the background, you can change the settings for apps that allow it.

There are three states one can choose for apps that run in the background:

  • Always. The app is always allowed to run in the background
  • Power optimized (recommended). Windows will decide based on battery needs.
  • Never. When you’re not actively using the app, it won’t run in the background.

How to stop or allow apps to run in the background in Windows 11

As described above, Windows allows you to manage background activity for apps. You can determine what an app does when running in the background and not actively in use.

Below is how to change background app behavior in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. As a result, everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows 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 new settings button
Windows 11 new settings button

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 the Windows Settings app, click Apps on the left.

windows 11 settings apps on menu
Windows 11 settings apps on the menu

On the right, select the Installed app’s tile to expand.

windows 11 settings installed apps
Windows 11 settings installed apps

On the System -> Apps -> Installed apps settings pane, click the menu (three-dotted) button for the Windows app you want to change its settings.

windows 11 installed apps settings menu
Windows 11 installed apps settings menu

On the menu fly-out window, select Advanced options as highlighted below.

windows 11 installed apps settings menu advanced options
Windows 11 installed apps settings menu advanced options

On the System -> Apps -> Installed apps -> App name, under Background apps permissions, choose what background action to allow for the specific app.

Always. The app is always allowed to run in the background
Power optimized (recommended). Windows will decide based on battery needs.
Never. When you’re not actively using the app, it won’t run in the background.

windows 11 let this app run in background
Windows 11 lets this app run in the background.

Whatever option you choose will apply to the selected app.

Note: If your device wants to stay connected and get app updates, you must set at least one app to Always.

That should do it!

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/manage-background-activity-for-apps-in-windows-4f32dffe-b97c-40e8-a790-3ca10373a1ef

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to manage background apps in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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