Apps Freezing on Windows 11? 6 Real Fixes!

The other day, I found some apps misbehaving and freezing left, right, and center on my Windows laptop. Initially, I thought it was just a minor software glitch and ignored that. However, when the freezing issue became too adamant to go away, I decided to look into the issue and was able to troubleshoot the unresponsive apps on my Windows computer through some handy solutions. If your PC is faced with the same issue, this guide has got you fully covered. 

Tips to Fix Apps Not Responding on Windows 11

From an aggressive feature to a minor software glitch to an outdated version, there are many culprits of the app’s freezing problem. Having gone deep into the issue, I have jotted down all the solutions that can let you sort it out.

1. Reboot Your Windows Computer 

If the apps are misbehaving due to minor glitches, a soft reset can let you resolve the problem – right away. As this nifty troubleshooter has a great record of fixing common Windows issues in a jiffy, we should bring it into action before going ahead. 

  • So, click on the Start menu on your computer -> power button and choose Reboot in the menu. 
  • Once your PC has rebooted, check if the problematic apps have started to run smoothly. 
Restart Windows computer

2. Force Quit All the Problematic Apps 

Should apps remain unresponsive, try force-quitting them all. Well-known for troubleshooting misbehaving apps, there is a high chance that it will help you overcome issues with ease. 

  • To force kill an app, press the CTRL+Shift+ESC to reveal the Task Manager. 
  • Now, select each ill-functioning app one by one and hit End Task
Force quit iTunes on Windows

3. Disable the Battery Saver 

If the “Battery Saver” is active on your PC, I suspect it might very well be behind the app freezing issue. By throttling power-hungry features like background tasks and automatic updates, it preserves a lot of battery. However, the aggressive battery-saving functionality comes at a certain cost like sluggish performance.

  • Go to the Start menu on your computer -> Settings -> Ensure that the Home tab is selected in the left sidebar.
  • Now, choose Power & battery.
  • Click on the drop-down menu next to Battery saver.
  • After that, click on the Turn off now button.
Disable battery saver on Windows 11

4. Update Apps 

If you don’t have the habit of updating apps on a regular basis, I’m afraid it’s the outdated versions of the apps that are causing the issue.

  • Head over to the Microsoft Store -> Library -> Scroll down to find the apps in question and update them all.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can hit the Update All button to update the entire cluster of apps in one go. 
update apps on Windows copy

5. Update Your Computer 

A hidden software bug could also be hindering apps from working properly. Hence, updating your PC might work in eliminating the bug.

  • Navigate to the Start menu -> Settings app -> System -> Windows Update -> Download and install the latest Windows update. 
update software on Windows computer

6. Uninstall and Reinstall the Apps 

Well, this has been my most effective way of fixing a malfunctioning app. So, I’m going to give it a chance to put the ill-functioning apps back on track. But before uninstalling apps, make sure to back them up so that you don’t lose your important data.

  • Dive into the Start menu -> Settings app -> Apps -> Installed Apps -> Find the app that you want to get rid of and select it. 
  • Now, click on the triple-dot icon next to the app -> choose Uninstall in the menu, and confirm the deletion of the app.
  • Repeat the same steps to delete other apps as well. 
Uninstall apps on Windows 11

That’s all there is to it! I guess you have fixed all the frozen apps on your PC and they have started to run with the desired speed. Now that you have hit the jackpot, feel free to share your invaluable feedback and the tips that enabled you to resolve the problem.

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Rajesh Mishra

Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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