How to Stop Skype from Starting Automatically on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to prevent Skype from starting up automatically when using Windows 11. When you install the Skype app, it is added to the taskbar automatically and will start up every time you log in to Windows 11.

You can right-click the Skype app on the taskbar and close it. However, the next time you log back on, Skype will automatically start again. If you don’t want the Skype app to start up every time automatically, use the steps below to prevent Skype app from starting up every time you log on.

Two types of Skype apps can be installed on Windows, and multiple ways to disable it from starting up when you log on. The disabling startup will differ from the transitional Skype app if you have the Microsoft Store version of Skype. We’re going to show you how to turn both off below.

To turn off Skype startup on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to disable the Skype app from the Windows store from starting up automatically

If Skype was installed from the Microsoft Store, below is how to turn off the auto start when you sign in.

Click on the Start button and search for Skype. Under Best match, select the Skype app (Microsoft Store app). Then click App settings as highlighted below.

You may also right-click on the app icon and select App settings.

Once the Skype app settings open, under Runs at log-in, toggle the button to the Off position to disable Skye from automatically starting up when you sign in to Windows 11.

How to disable Skype auto start via the Task Manager

You can turn off auto-start via the Task Manager if the traditional Skype app is installed. To do that, click the Start button and search for Task Manager. Under Best match, click the Task Manager app.

Click the Startup tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More Details first.

Next, look for Skype in the list, right-click it, and select Disable. Windows won’t open Skype automatically when you sign in anymore.

How to disable Skype auto login from the app

You can also disable Skype from automatically starting and logging you on from the app. Open the Skype app, click the ellipse (three dots), and select Settings, as shown below.

When the Settings pane opens, select General on the left menu, and toggle the button to disable Automatically start Skype On close, keep Skype running.

Closeout, and you’re done.


This post showed you how to disable the Skype app from automatically starting up when Windows starts. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have anything to add.

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  1. Hariyanto Sahabuddin

    Great Article.
    I like the way you write this article or tutorial or how to ..
    BTW, what software are you using for the headline picture or (headline image)?
    May I know it?
    Thank you so very much

  2. I’m running Windows 11 build 22000.675. None of the above options exist in this build. The only way to stop Skype from running automatically is by editing the registry or changing the power option for Skype to Never. Windows has become a virus harboring viruses the average user can’t get rid of in the name of control and progress. (can you tell I dislike Windows)

    1. same problem

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