With the new version of Microsoft Edge’s Chromium, extensions and other services can continue to run the browser in the background even when it is closed. While this isn’t an issue for most desktop PCs, it can be for laptops and low-power devices, as these background processes can increase battery consumption and memory usage.
If you’re using the new Microsoft Edge with a lot of extensions or websites that have the push notification option enabled, you can disable this feature to keep the browser from staying awake and running in the background after closing, which will improve system performance in Windows 10.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll tell you how to stop the Chromium Edge browser from continuing to run processes in the background after closing to save system resources and improve battery life.
Why do applications continue to run in the background even when Microsoft Edge is closed?
The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is supported on all versions of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server (2016 and later), Windows Server (2008 R2 to 2012 R2), and macOS.
By default, Microsoft Edge allows applications and extensions to continue running in the background even after you close Microsoft Edge. This allows extensions and applications that need to run all the time to access computer resources, even when Microsoft Edge is closed.
Disabling apps that continue to run in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed can help free up computer resources and increase the battery life that these background apps and extensions have been using.
In this guide, you will learn how to enable or disable background applications to run continuously when Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, is closed.
To prevent background applications from launching when you close Microsoft Edge, follow these steps
If you’re using Windows, you’ll see the Edge icon in the taskbar – it may be hidden behind the arrow icon. This is an indicator icon that shows that Edge is still running in the background. Clicking the icon opens a pop-up menu that shows running apps or extensions.
- To temporarily close Microsoft Edge, click Close Microsoft Edge. The next time you open Edge and close it, it will continue to run in the background.
- To disable it completely, select the “Keep Microsoft Edge in the background” option. If you continue to see the Edge icon in your notification area, this feature has not been successfully disabled.
- If you’re using the browser on a non-Windows operating system, launch Edge, click the three dots in the upper right corner, and select “Settings.”
- On the settings page, click on “System” in the left pane, and then toggle “Continue running apps in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed” to “Off” to disable this feature.
- You can also paste edge://settings/system into the address bar, then press Enter to go directly to settings.
If you want to enable Edge to run in the background again, go back to Settings -> System and check “Keep apps running in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed” to On.
Every time you close Edge after disabling this option, apps that would have continued to run in the background will stop. This also frees up computer resources and should increase battery life.
Frequently Asked Questions
By default, Microsoft Edge allows applications and extensions to continue running in the background even after Microsoft Edge is closed. This allows extensions and applications that need to run all the time to access computer resources even when Microsoft Edge is closed.
Open Microsoft Edge. Type edge://flags/ in the address bar and press Enter. Then search for "Show lock option in autorun settings" and select "Enabled" from the drop-down menu next to the flag. Click the "Restart" button to restart Microsoft Edge.
Built on Chromium, the new Microsoft Edge is Microsoft's new browser. And, like Google Chrome, depending on the extensions installed, they may continue to run in the background after you close them. This is the default setting after you install Edge.
Go to the Start menu and choose Settings -> Privacy -> Background apps. Under Background apps, make sure that Allow apps to run in the background is set to Off.