If your computer feels slower than usual, or if your laptop’s battery is draining fast, then the reason could be too many apps running in the background.
In windows 10, some programs keep running in the background to allow them to open up quickly, install updates, or show pop-up messages now and then. In exchange, they consume your computer’s processing power, RAM, and battery.
So if you want your computer to be faster or consume less power but don’t want to uninstall any programs, you can put certain background apps to sleep.
Here’s how to do that on your Windows 10 PC or laptop:
- Go to your computer’s settings by opening the Start menu and clicking the gear icon on the lower left side.
- In Settings, look for the “Privacy” option and click it.
- In the next window, scroll down on the screen’s left side through different options until you find “Background Apps.” Click it.
- Now you can do two things:
- Either click the on/off toggle on top to put all background apps to sleep
- Or scroll through the apps list to individually put the programs you don’t frequently use to sleep.
And that’s it. The disabled programs will be put to sleep. They will still start normally (albeit slightly slowly) if you open them but won’t hinder your computer’s performance when you aren’t using them.