Since Microsoft has owned Skype for nearly a decade, it's no surprise that the video chat app was introduced as an integral part of Windows 10. If you buy Windows 10 today, Skype is included. The problem is that Skype is often set as the Startup app (either manual or automatic) that opens and appears every time you sign in to Windows.
This is frustrating when you're not using Skype and want Windows to run efficiently. While Skype may be inextricably linked to your Microsoft account, you can prevent it from showing up every time you sign in. Here's exactly what to do.
Step 1: Go to the app settings
On the Windows 10 start screen, go to the search bar on your taskbar and type in "settings". When the results appear, select the Settings app to begin.
Now select the "Apps" option in the "Settings" screen. This takes you to the Apps & Features menu, where you can change a number of app settings.
Step 2: Turn off the Skype launch mode
Look in the menu on the left and select the Start section. This shows all apps with native launch options. Find the Skype or Skype for Business apps and make sure they are turned off.
If you don't see your Skype app here, but it still starts when you sign in, it may have been activated manually. There is a solution for this too. Press and hold the Windows key and the R key to open the dialog box and enter Shell: start to open the start folder. If you can see the Skype app shortcut in this startup folder, select it and right-click to delete it. This should fix the problem.
Step 3: Go to the privacy settings
There is one more step you should take to make sure Skype doesn't bother you again, and it's as simple as the first. Click the back arrow in the top left of the window to return to the main Settings menu. If you've already closed the window, just search for Settings in the search bar again as you did before. Now select the Privacy section, where you can decide which apps are allowed to run in the background.
Step 4: Turn off Skype Background App Mode
Background apps are allowed to perform tasks in Windows even if you haven't opened the app and can't see it. It is a good idea to prevent Skype from doing this as well. In the left pane of the privacy panel, scroll down until you find Background apps and select them.
Now scroll down until you see Skype. Make sure it's turned off.
After the settings have been changed, it's time to restart! Go to the Windows main menu, select the Power section and then Restart. When you sign back in to Windows 10, Skype should no longer appear automatically.
Stop Skype from starting on Macs
Since Skype is not built into macOS, automatic startup isn't really a problem. However, some users may have switched Skype to an app that loads when they sign in. If this has happened in the past but now you want to remove Skype from Auto Start, it is very easy to do. Find Skype in your macOS dock and right click on it. Go to the Options section in the menu that opens and you will see that the option to open at login is enabled. Select this option to uncheck the box and resolve the issue.