Disable Unnecessary Background Apps
By Stephen Bucaro
A "Background App" is a program that runs in the background, usually invisible to the user. Windows 10
has a propensity to allow too many apps to run in the background. This is because the interface features
those annoying "live tiles" that are constantly accessing your internet connection in order to fetch new
data, and receive notifications so that they can update their tiles.
You may not be interested or even be annoyed by them, but since they're running in the background, they're
taking up memory space, using network bandwidth, and if you're using a portable device, draining your
battery. Fortunately, Microsoft allows you to control some of the background apps.
In the Start menu, select Settings (the gear icon). In the Windows Settings window
that appears, near the bottom, select Privacy. In the Privacy scroll down to the bottom
of the left pane and select Background apps.
The right pane will now display a list of Background apps, each with a slide switch to to turn it off,
preventing it running on startup and staying in the background. Turn off any apps whose live tile
updates you're not interested in.
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