How to Stop Skype from Automatically Starting on Windows 10
Who doesn’t like to get social? Specially when there are so many interesting social apps all around. Among many such social apps, Skype is the most convenient for commercial & domestic use.
After all, from colleagues to friends and family, Skype keeps us all connected. We send messages to each other, make fun video calls, share files, and above all, see all those who are online.
However, with all the beeps and boops, Skype can be a real nuisance at times. Often, we aren’t even aware of whether we are logged into the platform or not and suddenly we start receiving calls & messages at the most unwarranted occasions, for example in the midst of important business meetings.
Basically, this happens because by default, Skype logs a user in automatically every time their device powers on. The person then stays logged in the background until the device completely shuts down.
Skype is designed in such a way that it ensures your loved ones can always stay connected with you.
But that can seriously turn sour when you are busy!
Do you know that you can stop Skype from auto-starting on your Windows? So, today, I will explain you how you can disable Skype in Windows 10 right at startup. The next time your system boots, it will not auto-start Skype. Instead, you will have to manually open it by double-clicking the Skype icon.
Method # 1: Log-Out from Your Skype Account Once You Are Done Using It
The fastest and most reliable way to stop Skype from auto-starting is to log-out from your Skype account permanently. What is your end goal? I am sure you want people to stop annoying you on Skype.
All you have to do is log-out from your Skype account once when you are done using it.
So, the next time you boot your system, Skype will auto-start but it will eventually fail to sign in.
Here’s how you can log-out from the Skype app in Windows 10.
Step # 1: Click on the the three dots located on the upper left corner of the screen.
Step # 2: Choose the option that says “Sign Out”
Step # 3: Skype will automatically exit from the screen.
Normally, when you are using Skype and you are logged into the platform, there are two processes running in the background. You can check both of these processes working in the background in Task Manager. To access Task Manager, press CTRL + SHIFT + DEL and select Task Manager.
Both of these processes are SkypeHost.exe and SkypeApp.exe. So when you shutdown your Skype without logging out, SkypeHost.exe still keeps running in the background so you can still receive notifications from your Skype contacts. However, when you log out of Skype, both the processes gets killed. As a result, when you shutdown your Windows and restart your system, it doesn’t log you in.
Method # 2: Set Skype not to Automatically Start from the Settings
The other method isn’t complicated either and is an option that will permanently stop Skype from logging you back in on the Windows Start-Up. The step are as follows:
- Step # 1: Double click the Skype icon and start the Skype Desktop app on your computer.
- Step # 2: Click on the three dots located at the upper left corner of the screen.
- Step # 3: Go to the Settings option.
- Step # 4: In the Settings option, go to General settings.
- Step # 5: Flip the switch “OFF” , Automatically start Skype once and for all.
By selecting this option, you will permanently stop Skype from auto-starting. If you follow the first method, even though you will stay logged out, Skype will still run in the background on Windows 10. However, with the second option in place, Skype will not even start in the first place. In fact, you will have to double click the Skype icon and manually start Skype in order to use it. However, don’t forget that you will still be logged in Even though you have shutdown the program permanently.
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