How to Stop Skype from Starting Automatically on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to prevent Skype from starting up automatically when using Windows 11. When you install Skype app, it is added to taskbar automatically and will startup everytime you login to Windows 11.

You can right-click the Skype app on the taskbar and close it. However, the next time you log back on, Skype will automatically start again. If you don’t want the Skype app to automatically start up every time, use the steps below to prevent Skype app from starting up everytime you logon.

There are two types of Skype app that can be installed on Windows and multiple ways to disable it from starting up when you logon. If you have the Microsoft Store version of Skype, then disabling startup will be different from the transitional Skype app. We’re going to show you how to disable both below.

To get started with disabling Skype startup on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to disable Skype app from Windows store from starting up automatically

If Skype was installed from the Microsoft Store, then below is how to disable auto start when you sign in.

Click on the Start button and search for Skype. Under Best match, select the Skype app (Microsoft store app). Then click App settings as highlighted below.

You may also right-click on the app icon and select App settings.

Once the Skype app settings open, under Runs at log-in, toggle the button to the Off position to disable Skye from automatically starting up when you sign in to Windows 11.

How to disable Skype auto start via the Task Manager

If you have the traditional Skype app installed, then you can disable auto start via the Task Manager. To do that, click on the Start button, then search for Task Manager. Under Best match, click the Task Manager app.

Click the Startup tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More Details first.

Next, look for Skype in the list, right-click it, and select Disable. Windows won’t open Skype automatically when you sign in anymore.

How to disable Skype auto logon from the app

You can also disable Skype from automatically starting and logging you on from the app. Open the Skype app, then click the ellipse (three dots) and select Settings as shown below.

When the Settings pane opens, select General on the left menu, and toggle the button to disable Automatically start Skype and On close, keep Skype running.

Close out and you’re done.


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