How to Disable Microsoft Teams Auto-Start on Windows 10

Here's how to stop that annoying startup screen

Microsoft Teams can be an incredibly useful Windows 10 app for those wanting to communicate with co-workers, schedule meetings, and manage projects when teleworking from off-site or home or even in the office. As essential as the service can be for large and small businesses though, the default Microsoft Teams startup setting, which causes the app to open as soon as you start your Windows 10 computer, can be frustrating and annoying.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to disable Microsoft Teams from startup processes on Windows 10. This article shows you how.

The following instructions apply to the Windows 10 Microsoft Teams app Version 1.3.00.0000 and up.

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How to Stop Microsoft Teams From Starting Automatically

The method to disable Microsoft Teams from startup in Windows 10 can be done directly within the app and doesn’t require any advanced coding or technical know-how.

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your Windows 10 computer or tablet.

    Microsoft Teams Windows 10 app.
  2. Click your profile picture in the top-right corner.

    If you don’t see your profile picture, you may need to log in, and if you don't have a account, you could just uninstall Microsoft Teams to stop the program from starting every time you start your computer.

    Selecting your profile avatar.
  3. Click Settings.

    Microsoft Teams Windows 10 app.
  4. Uncheck the box next to Auto-start application.

    Microsoft Teams Windows 10 app.
  5. That’s it! Next time you start Windows 10, Microsoft Teams won’t open automatically.

    Microsoft Teams Windows 10 app.

    You may also want to uncheck the box next to On close, keep this application running. This will quit Microsoft Teams when you close the app instead of just minimizing it and having it continue to run in the background.

Why Should I Stop Microsoft Teams From Loading Automatically?

There are several reason people choose to disable Microsoft Teams’, and other apps’, auto-start setting.

  • It’s simply distracting when it pops up on its own after starting Windows.
  • Microsoft Teams auto-opening can slow down older computers.
  • It reminds people of work when using their device after hours.
  • Having the app open can give the impression that you can be contacted at all hours.
  • Other people using your computer will gain access to private work data.

What Are the Benefits of Having Microsoft Teams Auto-Start?

While you can disable the Microsoft Teams auto-start on Windows 10 devices, there are many people who enjoy keeping this setting activated. Here’s a few.

  • Having auto-start enabled can save time otherwise spent manually opening Microsoft Teams.
  • Microsoft Teams always being open can prevent you from missing out on important work-related messages.
  • Turning the option on can make it easier for users who can’t find the app to open.
  • Having Teams auto-start can help those who might often forget to open it manually.

Do I Need to Use the Windows 10 Microsoft Teams App?

It’s likely that your company requires that you use Microsoft Teams but you don’t necessarily have to use the Windows 10 app if you don’t like it.

Microsoft Teams can also be accessed via the web in most web browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox and there’s also official Microsoft Teams apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets that feature all of the important functions found within the Windows 10 app.