Microsoft has made many new upgrades to its new operating system, one of which is a full integration of Microsoft Teams. The application is automatically installed and placed in your Taskbar when you update to Windows 11.
However, not everybody uses Teams. While the integration aims to let you use the app easily, removing it is confusing. Luckily, unlike other preinstalled apps, Teams can be deactivated or removed from your system.
Continue reading to see the exact steps that will help you do this.
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How to Disable Microsoft Teams
If you want to prevent Teams from starting up by itself and using your system’s resources or sending you notifications, the best option is to disable the app. It goes without saying that once you prevent Windows 11 from automatically starting up the app when you log into your user account, you will no longer get any notifications from it. However, if you manually start the app, you will receive notifications until you turn it off.
Step 1: Right-click on the Taskbar.
Step 2: Select Taskbar settings to open a configuration menu.
Step 3: Expand the Taskbar items menu by clicking its corresponding downward arrow symbol.
Step 4: Toggle off the option for Chat to remove Microsoft Teams shortcut from your taskbar.
Step 5: Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key and i simultaneously.
Step 6: Select the Apps settings category from the left-hand side list.
Step 7: Click on Startup to see the apps that are automatically started when Windows 11 boots up or when a new user logs into his account.
Step 8: Find Microsoft Teams in the list and turn off its toggle.
Keep in mind that it will not remove the app from your system. However, it will prevent Windows 11 from automatically turning it on when it boots. If you need to use Teams, you will be able to find the application by clicking on Start and typing Teams in the search bar.
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Once you manually start the app, it will remain activated until you restart the computer, log off, or manually close by right-clicking on its icon from the bottom-left corner of the taskbar and selecting Quit.
Also, you can reverse the changes without following any new steps. Turn on the toggles in the Taskbar settings menu and the one in the Startup menu. Yep, that's all you need to do to use Teams again.
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How to Uninstall Microsoft Teams
You can also eliminate it from your operating system if you're certain you won't need to use the Microsoft Teams app shortly. Keep in mind that once you remove the app, you will have to re-download it from the Microsoft Store to use it.
Step 1: Open the Settings by clicking on the Start icon, typing Settings in the search bar, and clicking on the app result.
Step 2: Select Apps from the settings categories list on the left.
Step 3: Click on Apps & Features to see a list of all the apps that you currently have installed.
Step 4: Find Microsoft Teams in the apps list.
Step 5: Click on the three-dot icon corresponding to the app you want to delete.
Step 6: Choose the Uninstall option.
Step 7: Once the confirmation window is displayed, click on Uninstall, and the app will be removed from your computer.
Keep in mind that the first method will only disable the Microsoft Teams app for the current user. If multiple people use the same computer, the changes will not apply to their accounts.
However, uninstalling the app is a global action that will affect the entire system. As a result, it will remove Microsoft Teams for all current and future user accounts.
Take Back Control of Your Computer
By following the steps mentioned above, you can stop Microsoft Teams from using your system resources unnecessarily. The app takes over 200 MB of RAM just by running in the background and it starts as soon as your PC boots up. That might make your computer feel sluggish if you have 4-6 GB of memory.
Furthermore, uninstalling Teams will also free up a small amount of storage on your computer.
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