restore apps when logging into Windows 10

Sometimes it can happen that in the middle of a productive session in Windows 10 you need to log off or restart the machine. Normally, this activity would force us to restart the session from scratch, but with a small change in the settings, Windows can automatically remember and restore apps once you have logged in again.

In this article we will show you how to enable this handy feature, which will save us a lot of time in the long run – here’s how to set it up!


Restore apps automatically on Windows 10: here’s how

The steps you will need to follow are the following:

  • First, open Windows Settings. To do this, click on the Start menu and select the small gear icon, or press Windows + I on your keyboard.
  • At this point click on “Account” and then on “Access Options”.
  • Scroll down until you find the “App Restart” item and move the slider from Off to On. After that, you can close the settings.

The next time you log out and log back in, what Microsoft calls your “restartable apps” will automatically reload. It is up to application developers to make their apps restartable, so this may not work with all apps. However, it does include modern Windows 10 apps written for the UWP platform – which includes all apps provided on the Microsoft Store – as well as modern browsers.

Legacy apps (which use Win32 APIs) written for versions of Windows earlier than Windows 8 may not restart automatically. Net of this small lack, however, we are sure that you will be able to use this handy feature in most of the apps installed on your PC.