How to Disable Skype Auto Startup in Windows 10

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By default, Skype opens automatically every time your computer starts up and you sign in to your account. This means that you are immediately notified when someone sends you a message or calls you.

If you disable Skype on startup, you will need to manually open it the first time you use it after you start your computer. Once open, it stays open as usual – and messages and calls can come in until you log out or close it.

How to Stop Skype Auto Startup in Windows 10

Skype’s start and close options allow you to customise what happens to Skype when you start your computer or close the application window. Startup and shutdown options are not available in Skype for Windows 10 (version 14).

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Follow the steps below to prevent the Skype desktop application from automatically starting on your computer.

  1. Open the Skype desktop application on your computer. You can do this by clicking the Skype shortcut on your desktop or by clicking Skype in the list of applications.
  2. Sign in to your Skype account (if you are not already signed in).
  3. Then click Tools in the top menu bar and then click the Options… tab in the drop down menu.
  4. On the Options screen, uncheck Start Skype on Windows startup and click Save.
  5. After that, you won’t automatically find the Skype application on your Windows 10 computer, but only when you click the Skype shortcut and launch the application on your computer.


While Skype is a great communication program, it also has its annoying sides – and one of them is that it starts when your computer starts up. For very frequent users, this can be convenient, but for everyone else it just slows down their computer when they start it up.

That’s all there is to know: Skype does not start when you turn on your computer for the first time. You can of course still activate it using other methods. If you disable it in this way, the program will NOT be uninstalled.

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