This post shows students and new users the steps to prevent Skype from starting automatically when using Windows 11. When you install the Skype application, it is added to the taskbar automatically and will start every time you log into Windows 11.

You can right-click on the Skype application on the taskbar and close it. However, when you log in again, Skype will start again automatically. If you don’t want the Skype app to start automatically every time, follow the steps below to prevent the Skype app from starting every time you sign in.

There are two types of Skype applications that can be installed in Windows and several ways to disable them from starting when you log in. If you have the Microsoft Store version of Skype, disabling the startup will be different from the Skype transition app. We show you how to disable both below.

To start disabling Skype startup in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to disable the Skype application from the Windows Store so that it does not start automatically

If Skype was installed from the Microsoft Store, here is how to disable automatic start at sign in.

Click the Start button and search for Skype. Under Best Match, select the Skype app (Microsoft Store app). Then click Application Settings as highlighted below.

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You can also right-click the application icon and select Application Settings.

disable skype autostart

Once the Skype application settings open, under Runs on login, move the button to the Off Position to disable Skye from automatically starting when you log into Windows 11.

Windows 11 disables Skype login as startup

How to disable Skype autostart via Task Manager

If you have the traditional Skype app installed, you can disable automatic startup through Task Manager. To do that, click the Start button, then search for Task Manager. Under Best Match, click the Task Manager application.

search task manager in windows 11

Click on the “Home” tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click «More details” first.

windows 11 task manager more details

Then find «Skype«In the list, right-click and select»Deactivate. »Windows will no longer automatically open Skype when you sign in.

disable skype from task manager

How to disable automatic Skype login from the app

You can also disable Skype so that it doesn’t automatically start and log you in from the app. Open the application, then click the ellipse (three dots) and select Settings As shown below.

disable the automatic start of Skype from the application

When the Settings panel opens, select General from the left menu and toggle the button to disable Start Skype automatically and Up close, keep Skype running.

turn off skype in app settings

Close and go.


In this tutorial we have seen how to disable the Skype application so that it does not start automatically when Windows starts. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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