How to Disable or Uninstall Teams in Windows 11

Microsoft Teams is one of the most useful apps for all people who want to organize their work. It has all the features you can think of. It comes with video and voice calling, group chat, channels, and more. If you install Office 365 suit, Microsoft Teams installs automatically as it is a part of it. But with Windows 11, the app is integrated by default and many users aren’t comfortable with the same.

When you start your PC, you will see a Microsoft Teams icon in the taskbar. If you’re one of those who want to get rid of MS Teams on startup on your Windows 11 PC or want to uninstall it completely, we are going to share a guide on how to disable or remove Microsoft Teams app in Windows 11.

How to Disable Teams in Windows 11

We will share how you can disable the app temporarily or remove it permanently.

1. Hide the Microsoft Teams icon in the Taskbar

Microsoft has changed the taskbar icon position in Windows 11 from left to center. You can not easily remove this chat icon easily by right click on it or using the hide from taskbar option.

Follow these steps to hide the Teams icon in Windows 11.

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and then choose taskbar settings.

Click on Taskbar Settings

Step 2: Turn off the option besides Chat under Taskbar to hide Microsoft Teams.

Turn off chat toggle

If you want to completely hide the Microsoft teams icon from the taskbar then here are the steps:

Step 1: Right-click on the taskbar and then choose Taskbar settings.

Click on Taskbar Settings

Step 2: Expand the Taskbar corner overflow > turn off the option for Microsoft Teams to delete the icon from the taskbar.

expand the ‘Taskbar corner overflow’ option

2. Stop Microsoft Teams Background Process in Windows 11

If you don’t want Microsoft Teams to run in the background then you can stop all background processes. Here are the steps to kill Microsoft Teams’ background processes and indirectly boost your Windows 11 speed.

Step 1: Open Windows 11 Settings with Windows  + I button on your keyboard and then click on Apps in the left sidebar.

You can also search for Settings in the Windows 11 start menu.

Step 2: Then select Apps & features in the right sidebar.

Click on Apps and Features option in right sidebar

Step 3: Scroll down and find the Microsoft Teams app and then click on the three-dot icon.

Step 4: Select Advanced Option from the available options.

Click on Advanced Options

Step 5: In the Microsoft Teams app settings page, find Let this app run in background options below the Background apps permissions option.

find the ‘Let this app run in background

Step 6: Choose never from the list to stop Microsoft Teams from running in the background.

This will save the memory and space of your system.

3. Disable Microsoft Teams from Windows 11 Taskbar

When you download and install Windows 11, the Microsoft team comes preinstalled. But if you are not using it then it is better to disable it. Here is a step-by-step guide to temporarily disable the Microsoft Teams app in Windows 11.

You can disable the Microsoft teams app for your current session.

Step 1: Find Microsoft Teams in the taskbar system tray and then right-click on it.

Right Click on Microsoft Teams in System Tray

Step 2: Then choose the kill option from the list to stop Microsoft Teams app for your current running session.

choose the kill option from the list

4. Stop Microsoft Teams from Starting Automatically When Windows Starts

When you start Windows 11, you noticed that Microsoft Teams starts automatically in the background. You can prevent any app from starting and running in the background.

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Teams app in the start menu. You can open Windows search and then search for Microsoft Teams to open it.

You can also access it from the system tray icon.

Step 2: In the Microsoft Teams app and then go to the Settings by clicking on the three dot icon > Settings.

Select Settings from the list

Step 3: In the settings, go to General and then uncheck the Auto-start Teams option.

uncheck the Auto-start Teams option

When you change this option, Microsoft Teams won’t start unless you open it manually. This will save your memory and CPU.

5. Disable Microsoft Teams from Startup Using Windows 11 Settings

You can also use Windows 11 Startup settings to disable Teams apps temporarily. Here are the simple steps:

Step 1: Open Windows 11 Settings with Windows  + I button on your keyboard and then click on Apps in the left sidebar.

You can also search for Settings in the Windows 11 start menu.

Step 2: Then select Startup in the right sidebar.

Select startup in Apps section

Step 3: In the Startup settings, find Microsoft Teams from the list and turn off the toggle to remove it from startup apps.

Disable Microsoft Teams

This will block Microsoft Teams from starting automatically when Windows starts.

6. Disable Microsoft Teams from Startup using Task Manager

You can also use the task manager tool to disable Microsoft Teams from starting when Windows starts, Here is how:

Step 1: Open the Windows task manager tool using CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys on your keyboard.

Step 2: Then go to the Startup tab and find Microsoft Teams.

Step 3: Then right-click on the Microsoft Teams app and then choose Disable option at the bottom.

Disable Microsoft Teams in taskbar

This will block Microsoft Teams services from starting automatically when Windows starts.

How to Uninstall or Remove Microsoft Teams in Windows 11

If you don’t want to use Microsoft Teams and want to remove it completely from your PC, follow these methods.

1. Uninstall MS Teams using Windows 11 Settings App

Step 1: Open Windows 11 Settings with Windows  + I button on your keyboard and then click on Apps in the left sidebar.

You can also search for Settings in the Windows 11 start menu.

Step 2: Then select Apps & features in the right sidebar.

Click on Apps and Features option in right sidebar

Step 3: From the list of apps, find Microsoft Teams. You can also search for it using the search bar.

Step 4: Click on the Teams app > click on the three-dot icon and then choose to uninstall to remove the app.

Step 5: Then again select uninstall to remove the app.

Uninstall Microsoft Teams in Settings

2. Uninstall Microsoft Teams Using Start Menu

Step 1: Open Windows 11 Start Menu with the Windows key on your keyboard and then search for Microsoft Teams.

Step 2: Right-click on the Microsoft Teams from the search result and then right-click on it.

Step 3: Choose Uninstall from the list of options to remove the app.

Uninstall Microsoft Teams from the Start Menu

Step 4: Confirm your decision to uninstall Microsoft Teams.

click ‘Uninstall’ again to fully uninstall the app

3. Uninstall Microsoft Teams with PowerShell

You can use PowerShell commands to remove Microsoft Teams app in Windows 11.

Step 1: Open the Windows Start menu with the Windows key on your keyboard and then search for PowerShell.

Step 2: Select the Run as administrator option in the right sidebar.

Search for PowerShell

Step 3: If asked, click on yes to continue.

Step 4: You have to run this command and press enter in the PowerShell.

Get-AppxPackage MicrosoftTeams* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove-AppxPackage command in powershell

This command will delete Microsoft Teams from your Windows 11 computer forever and you won’t be asked to chat with your friends using MS Teams!

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Did You Remove Microsoft Teams from Your Windows 11?

Well, that depends on everyone’s personal usage. A few corporate people use Teams for daily collaboration and few users aren’t even aware of what MS Teams is all about. And that’s one of the reasons why novice users want to get rid of Microsoft Teams on their Windows 11 PCs. So were you able to disable or uninstall Teams in Windows 11 using the above-given methods? Stay tuned to GeniusGeeks.com for more useful guides on Windows 11 OS.

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Rahul Patel

Rahul is a blogger and a tech geek. By reviewing the latest technology and finding the solution of pesky errors, he feels immense pleasure. Driven by his innate interest in blogging, he adapted blogging as a full-time profession 4 years ago.

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