Most Chromium-based web browsers run in the background even when you close or minimize your browser. This is usually useful for showing notifications, keeping downloads active, or sometimes when using extensions. However, more often than not, it can slow down the operating system and drain your laptop’s battery. Here’s how to disable all web browsers and prevent them from running in the background.
Before you start
Be sure to check for extensions and web apps that may not work after background usage is disabled. For example, I use an extension called “Chrometana”. This extension redirects your web searches in the start menu from Bing to Google. Since the extension actively monitors search queries in the Start menu, the browser application should be active even when closed.
If you’re using similar extensions that require your browser to stay awake in order to function, it’s not a good idea to go ahead. However, if you don’t have such a dependency, here’s how to do it.
Disable Edge in the background
To turn off Edge in the background, look for the Edge icon in the system tray or bottom toolbar. Right-click on the Edge icon and you will see the extension name or Chrome app name in the context menu. In my case, you can see that the extension “Chrometana – Redirect BingIt works in the background.
In the context menu, uncheck “Let Microsoft Edge run in the backgroundTo prevent Edge from running in the background.
Otherwise, if you can’t find the notification in the system tray because you’ve already exited the browser, don’t worry. There is another way. Go to your Edge browser and type “edge://settings” in Edge’s all-in-one address bar.
On the Settings page, click the tab the system.
In the System tab, turn off the toggle for “Option”Keep running apps in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed.
After that, Edge won’t run the web app or extension in the background. However, if you have installed an extension or web app that requires it to run in the background, the toggle will be enabled.Keep running apps in the background when Microsoft Edge is closed” Once again.
Other web browsers
Google Chrome and other Chromium browsers like Brave, Vivaldi and others have a similar process to Edge. If you are using Mozilla Firefox or Opera, there is no option to disable background usage. In fact, Mozilla Firefox and Opera do not support web applications and do not run completely in the background.
These were the ways to disable and prevent browsers from running in the background on Windows 10. For more issues or queries, let me know in the comments below.