Since Microsoft has owned Skype for almost a decade, it’s no surprise that the video chat app has now become an integrated part of Windows 10. If you buy Windows 10 today, Skype is included. The problem is, Skype is often set up as a startup app (manual or automatic) that opens and displays every time you log into Windows.
That gets frustrating when you don’t use Skype and like to keep Windows running efficiently. While Skype may be inseparable from your Microsoft account, you can prevent it from appearing every time you sign in. This is exactly what you need to do.
Step 1: Go to app settings
From the Windows 10 Start screen, go to the search bar in your taskbar and type ‘Settings’. When the results appear, choose it Settings app to get started.
Choose now Apps of the Settings screen. This will take you to it Apps and Features menu, where you can change some app settings.
Step 2: Turn off Skype boot mode
Look at the menu on the left and choose it Startup section. This will show all apps with native boot options. Search for the apps Skype or Skype for Businessand make sure they are switched from.
If you don’t see your Skype app here, but it still starts up at login, it could have been manually enabled; there is also a solution for this. Keep the Windows key and the R. key to open your dialog box, and then type shell: start up to Startup folder. If you see the shortcut to the Skype app in this startup folder, select it and right click on it remove it, and this should fix the problem.
Step 3: Go to privacy settings
There’s one more step you need to take to make Skype stop bothering you, and it’s just as easy as the first. Press the back arrow in the top left of the window to return to the main window Settings menu. If you’ve already closed the window, just search for Settings again in the search bar as before. Now choose it Privacy section, where you can decide which apps are allowed to run in the background.
Step 4: Disable background app mode of Skype
Background apps are allowed to perform tasks in Windows even if you haven’t opened the app and can’t see them doing it. It’s a good idea to stop Skype from this too. Scroll through the menu to the left of it Privacy section until you find Background apps, and select it.
Now scroll down until you see Skype. Make sure it is switched to from.
With the Settings changes made, it’s time to reboot! Go to Windows main menu, choose it power section and select Restarting. When you log back into Windows 10, Skype should no longer appear automatically.
Stop Skype from starting on Macs
Since Skype is not integrated into MacOS, automatic startup is not much of an issue. However, some users may have switched to an app that loads upon login. If that happened in the past, but now you want to remove Skype from automatic startup, it’s very easy. Find Skype on your MacOS dock and right-click on it. Go to the Options section in the menu that opens, and you will see the option to Open at login has been checked. Select this to disable it, which should solve your problem.