Microsoft Teams Not Closing? 5 Steps To Shut It Down Fully

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Is Microsoft Teams not closing, and it’s driving you crazy?

I’m not surprised! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone complain about having this issue, I’d probably be on a yacht with Jeff Bezos. 

I know how annoying it can be to have this happen, as the platform consumes resources that you might need elsewhere after apparently closing it. 

But don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Below, you’ll find a list of many simple steps you can follow to solve this problem for good.

The 5 simple steps to take when Microsoft Teams is not closing are:

  1. Tweak your settings
  2. Close Teams from the Task Manager
  3. Clear Team’s cache
  4. Update Teams
  5. Uninstall Teams

Keep reading to regain control!

#1 Tweak Your Settings

The first thing I’d like you to try is to disable a particular setting that might be preventing Teams from closing properly. Whenever developers include features in their products, they do so with the best intentions, but sometimes they can create problems for users. 

There’s an option within Teams that allows the platform to keep running in the background after you’ve closed it. This allows for constant communication with your coworkers and ensures that you never miss an email, call, or notification. 

And while it’s mostly beneficial, you might not want it activated at all times. 

Solution: To disable this feature, please follow these steps:

  1. Launch Teams
  2. Click on the three horizontal dots located in the top-right corner of the app’s window
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Settings”
How to access Teams settings
You can tweak all your settings from here

4. On the new window, stay on the “General” tab, and uncheck “On close, keep the application running”

How to disable keep application running on close on Microsoft Teams

That’s it! Disabling that option should shut down Microsoft Teams fully when you want to close it.

#2 Close Teams From the Task Manager

Assuming that you’ve already unchecked the boxes mentioned above, and you’re still having this issue, chances are there’s something preventing the platform from working normally. We’ll look into some causes for this below, but for now, I’d like you to try shutting Microsoft Teams down from the Task Manager on Windows.

This tool is of great help whenever you have a program crash, as it force-stops any processes and leaves the troublemaker in question with no option but to shut itself down. This is what I like to call a universal fix, so it should work with any other platform out there.


  1. On your keyboard, hit your Windows key (the one with the Windows logo on it)
  2. Once the search bar appears, type in “Task Manager”, and then select it from the available options
How to access Task Manager on Windows 10

3. On the new window, find Microsoft Teams, select it, and then click on “End Task”, located in the lower-right corner of the Task Manager

How to close Microsoft Teams from the Task Manager
Whenever you’re having trouble closing a program, this process should be your go-to

#3 Clear Teams’ Cache

If nothing has worked so far, there might be a bug or a corrupted file preventing Teams from running normally. This can cause the platform to accidentally ignore your command to shut down after being closed, and other issues, such as having the platform be stuck in “out of office” status, or a missing dial pad.

Now, before I tell you how to solve this, it’s important to clarify what an app’s cache is. After all, what would be of troubleshooting without a little technical knowledge?

An app’s cache, is, in a nutshell, a virtual place where essential files are stored. In it, you’ll find audio, video, preset configurations, login credentials, and several other things. By keeping this data handy, the platform can load quicker when launched, which can save your workday precious minutes.

More often than not leaving your cache alone is for the best. But if it has accidentally stored a corrupted file, things can quickly get hairy and could explain why Microsoft Teams is not closing.

Solution: In such cases, your best bet will be to clear it. Here’s how to do it on several devices:

Windows PC:

  1. Quit the app
  2. Type “Run” on the search bar at the bottom of your screen. Then, hit Enter.
  3. Type “%appdata%\Microsoft\Teams”
  4. Click on “Select All” at the top of your screen and click on “Delete”.


  1. Fully close Microsoft Teams.
  2. Open Finder and click on “Go”.
  3. Select “Go to Folder” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Type “~/Library/Applications Support/Microsoft” in the text field and click on “Go”.
  5. Right-click on the Teams folder and click on “Move to Trash” or “Move to Bin”.
  6. Click on the magnifier glass at the top of your screen to open the Spotlight Search.
  7. Type “Keychain” and select “Keychain Access”.
  8. Search for Microsoft Teams and right-click on “Microsoft Teams Identities Cache”. Then, select “Delete”.


  1. On your device, go to “Settings”
  1. Select “Apps”
  1. From the new menu, select “Apps” again
  1. Find Microsoft Teams and select it
  1. Find “Storage” on the menu
  1. Select “Clear Cache” from the available options 

#4 Update Teams

Next, let’s try updating your app. I know being constantly on the lookout for new releases is not the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s very important to avoid issues down the line.

Why? Simple.

First, every update includes new features, improvements on existing ones, and patches for several bugs. And second, when a new version of an app is released, the oldest one stops being supported, as it’s expensive for companies to store more than a couple at a time on their servers.

Now, you shouldn’t normally have to worry about this, as there’s automatic updating. But sometimes, a weak network, a bad file, or even a download interruption can get in the way, and could easily explain why Microsoft Teams is not closing.

In such a case, you’ll have to manually download and install the latest version of the platform to your devices.

Solution: PCs are normally not an issue here, as they’ve got a reputation for keeping everything updated, even when the time is not right. I bet you have more than one story about a time when you had an important presentation and your device started updating at the worst possible moment, right?

Exactly… I think you’re covered.

Mobile devices, on the other hand, are not so reliable in this area, so here’s how to manually update Microsoft Teams (and any other app) in iOS and Android systems:

For iOS:

  1. Open “App Store”
  1. Locate your profile button in the upper right corner of the screen, and tap on it
  1. Find the “Update All” button. This should update Microsoft Teams if there’s a newer version available
How to update all apps on iOS
This would be a good time to update any apps you have pending

For Android:

  1. Go to Play Store and click on your profile, located in the upper-right corner of your screen
  1. Select “Manage apps & device”
  1. If you just want to update Microsoft Teams, select it and update it individually
  1. If you want to update all pending apps, select “Update All”
  1. Wait for the updating process to be completed

#5 Uninstall Teams

Finally, let’s try addressing the issue from the source.

Sometimes, corrupted files or bugs responsible for platform problems can be too deep-rooted and can’t be fixed with a simple update or clearing your cache. In cases like these, your best bet is to wipe all traces of the app from your devices’ memory.

By doing this, you’ll be giving Teams a chance to patch up anything that might have been wrong and reload its processes from scratch once you re-download it.

A lot of people tend to put this off out of fear of losing their files and conversations, but don’t worry. These are usually backed up in the cloud, so they should be waiting for you once you recover the app. Just make sure to ask your IT admin about this first, as your company might not have backups enabled.

Solution: Assuming they tell you it’s safe to uninstall, here’s how to do it:

Windows PC:

  1. Press the Windows key on your computer and type “Microsoft Teams”. Then, right-click on it.
  2. Select “Uninstall” from the drop-down menu. A new window will pop up.
  3. Search for Microsoft Teams and double-click on it to uninstall it.
  4. Enter Microsoft Team’s website and click on “Download for desktop”.
Install Microsoft Teams on your Windows PC


  1. Open Finder.
  2. Go to the Applications folder and search for Microsoft Teams.
  3. Drag it to the trash bin icon.
  4. If asked, enter your administrator login credentials.
  5. Click on “Finder” and select “Empty Trash”.
  6. Download the app again by going to Microsoft Store’s website or opening the App Store.


That about covers it!

I know how annoying it can be to have Microsoft Teams not closing when you tell it to. But, I hope this piece has helped you learn that addressing this and other technical difficulties is much simpler than it seems.

More often than not, a corrupted file or a pending update are to blame, so make sure to cross those possibilities out as a starting point.

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