How to prevent Skype from opening on its own?

December 5, 2018 |

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When in a discussion about conference or video calling, Skype is at the top of the list. This tool used to be the gold standard for instant messaging apps. It was difficult to find a Windows user who did not have Skype installed on their PC. When Microsoft bought the tool, we started seeing a steady decline in its quality. Many users started complaining about bugs and that it became difficult to use. This may be just due to the fact that Microsoft was changing how this tool functioned and also turning it into a full Windows 10 app. Many users did not welcome this change well. This has caused the user base of Skype to significantly decrease, as there are other third-party apps which can replace Skype and maybe even do the job better. Microsoft also made some positive changes to the tool, and users have begun to notice it. Hopefully, Skype will return to its glorious days.

In this article, we are going to be solving a problem where Skype is one of the culprits

Most Windows users who do not have a high-end computer must have noticed that as you begin installing programs, your computer starts having slower startup times. Sometimes, you will have to wait for several minutes until your computer boots up before you can begin using it. This problem is partly caused by third-party apps which run in the background and automatically start up when you boot your computer. In this case, your computer also has to wait for the app to start up before it can be ready for use. These apps also significantly drain your computer’s resources which is a major contributing factor as to why your computer’s performance is down. Not only this, sometimes the apps keep popping up when you are working, which can be very annoying. As you must have guessed by now, Skype is one of those apps.

There is a reason why Skype is designed to run in the background or start up with Windows. It is a very important app when it comes to business or conference calls and messaging. If it does not start up with Windows to run in the background, you may miss important messages and appointments.

Today, we are going to show you how to stop Skype from starting automatically when booting your computer. We recommend that you use all the methods shown in the article because this app can be very persistent.

Method 1. Disable the automatic startup from Skype

Use the following instructions to disable the automatic startup from the Skype app itself:

  • First, run Skype.
  • Open Settings by clicking on the three horizontal dots at the left side of the screen, then choose Settings.
  • Now, click on the General tab and toggle the Automatically start Skype option off.
  • Exit Skype and restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

Method 2. Disable the automatic startup from the Task Manager

Task Manager is a tool that manages the use of your computer’s resources. From here, you can see all the apps and processes which are running or starting up with your computer.

  • Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  • Navigate to the Startup tab, and there you will see all the apps which start up with your PC.
  • Look for Skype on the list and disable it. You can do the same for other apps which you don’t want starting up with your computer.
  • Restart your computer and check if the issue has been resolved.

Method 3. Disable the automatic startup from the Settings app.

  • Press the Windows logo button + I on your keyboard to open the Settings app.
  • Click Apps from the list of available options.
  • In the next window, click on the Startup tab, navigate to Skype and toggle it off.
  • Now, Skype will no longer start up with your computer.

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We hope that this article has shown you how to stop Skype from starting automatically. Share it with others who need such information.

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