When you start your Windows PC, several apps start automatically in the background, such as antivirus, Google Chrome, and even Skype. These apps impact system resources and affect battery life as well. Besides that, one might not like the auto running of certain apps. An app should open only when a user needs it. One such app is Skype. Many users want to stop Skype from starting automatically in Windows 10. If you are one of them, find out how to do so.
You can install two Skype apps on Windows 10 – Skype for Windows (classic Skype or old Skype) and Skype for Windows 10 (Skype UWP or new Skype). The latter offers more features as compared to the traditional one. Both can run on startup. Whatever type of Skype app you have – old or new, can be disabled on startup.
To sign out of the Skype account, launch the Skype app. Click on your profile picture icon at the top-left corner. Click on Sign out from the menu.
Note: Signing out from Skype account will not delete your contacts, chats, or Skype account.
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2. Using Skype Settings
Typically, the first method should be enough for disabling Skype from running automatically at startup. But if the method fails or you have the classic Skype, you can do it from Skype Settings as well.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Launch the Skype app and go to Skype Settings. For that, click on the three-dot icon at the top on Skype and select Settings.
To uninstall Skype for Windows 10, right-click on the Skype icon in Start Menu and hit Uninstall. For classic Skype, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features. Look for Skype. Right-click and hit the Uninstall option.
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After disabling Skype at startup, if you feel you made a wrong decision and want Skype to run at startup, don’t worry. Repeat the steps for methods 2, 3, and 4, and enable Skype on startup. Is there anything else that is bothering you regarding Skype? Tell us in the comments below.
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