How to Stop Microsoft Teams from Opening on Startup in Windows

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With the rollout of Windows 11, Microsoft is putting Teams front and center, going so far as to configure to Microsoft Teams to automatically start every time you boot up Windows 11. Whether you don’t use Microsoft Teams, don’t like the communication software, or aren’t a fan of the added strain it puts on your computer, removing Microsoft Teams from the list of Windows 11 startup applications can be done relatively easily. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in both the YouTube video above and the image collection located beneath the steps.

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Steps to Stop Microsoft Teams from Opening on Startup in Windows

  1. Navigate to your Windows 11 home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “I” keys at the same time to open the Settings app.
  2. Click “Apps” in the menu on the left side of the screen. The Apps menu is shown on the right side of the screen.
  3. Click “Startup” in the list of options. The list of startup apps is displayed, showing the list of apps you have the option to load when your Windows 11 computer starts.
  4. Scroll down this list until you see Microsoft Teams, and then click the toggle next to Microsoft Teams to turn it off. Your changes will be saved, and going forward Microsoft Teams will no longer start automatically when you boot up your Windows 11 computer.

Six Reasons to Stop Microsoft Teams from Opening at Startup in Windows 11

System Performance

Microsoft Teams loading at startup can put a strain on system resources, slowing down performance. Disabling Teams from loading at startup can help improve the overall performance of the device.

Privacy Concerns

Teams collects and uses data for telemetry and other purposes, raising privacy concerns. Preventing Teams from loading at startup can help protect sensitive information and personal data.

Unwanted Notifications

Teams can send notifications and pop-ups, which can be distracting and disruptive. By disabling Teams from loading at startup, users can reduce the number of unwanted notifications.

Battery Life

Teams running in the background can consume a significant amount of battery power. Disabling Teams from loading at startup can conserve battery life and prolong the usage of the device.


Some users prefer to manually launch Teams when they need it, rather than having it load at startup. Preventing Teams from loading at startup gives users control over when and how the app is used.

Conflict with Other Apps

Teams may conflict with other apps set to load at startup, causing performance issues or other problems. By disabling Teams from loading at startup, users can resolve these conflicts and ensure smooth operation of their device.

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