Windows 10 background apps and privacy – Microsoft privacy

Windows 10 background apps and your privacy

In Windows 10, you can use apps that can continue to perform actions even when you are not actively in the app’s window. These are commonly called background apps.

To control which apps can run in the background

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > Background apps.
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Let apps run in the background.
  3. Under Choose which apps can run in the background, turn on or off individual apps and services settings.

Exceptions to the privacy settings

Desktop apps won’t appear in your Choose which apps can run in the background list and are not affected by the Let apps run in the background setting. To allow or block desktop apps, use the settings in those applications.


How can you tell if an app is a desktop app? Desktop apps are usually downloaded from the Internet or with some type of media (such as a CD, DVD, or USB storage device). They’re launched using an .EXE or .DLL file, and they typically run on your device unlike web-based apps (which run in the cloud). You can also find desktop applications in Microsoft Store.