How to Stop the Roblox App from Opening?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Stop the Roblox App from Opening?

Are you having problems with the Roblox desktop app opening whenever you want to play or quit an Experience on Roblox?

That’s most likely happening due to a glitch with the app. It’s a known issue for PC users, but fortunately, there are several solutions you can try:

  1. Run the Roblox app with Administrator rights to update it
  2. Edit the registry entries for Roblox
  3. Reinstall Roblox
  4. Press ESC while you’re in-game
  5. Disable the Beta feature from the Roblox settings
  6. Create a new account and disable the Beta feature from the settings

Below you can find a detailed description of the above steps with screenshots.

Disable the Beta Mode

The best solution to disabling the Roblox App from starting is to disable the Beta feature of the desktop app. You can do this from the Roblox desktop app.

Follow the steps below to do that:

1. Open the Desktop app and tap the three-dot icon

 Roblox desktop app showing the three-dot icon highlighted in red
Roblox desktop app showing the three-dot icon highlighted in red

Once you start your Roblox from the browser, you’ll automatically be redirected to the desktop app, which is the most annoying thing in the world, right?

Ignore that. Just tap on the three-dot icon on the left-hand side!

2. Go to “Settings

Roblox desktop app menu showing the "Settings" option highlighted
Roblox desktop app menu showing the “Settings” option highlighted

Once you tap on the three-dot icon on the left-hand side of the Roblox app, a new menu will be opened with multiple options.

Select “Settings” and continue with the guide!

3. Disable the Beta mode

Roblox Desktop app showing a highlighted area where the Beta feature "Disable" button should be
Roblox Desktop app shows a highlighted area where the Beta feature “Disable” button should be

After opening the settings, look at the bottom of the page. You should see the “Disable Beta” button there. You’re in the same boat as many other players and me if it’s not there.

This is where the other solutions on this list come into play!

Press ESC While In the App

Several players have said that pressing ESC while in-game will close the app and switch the game screen to your browser.

However, I tried this, and nothing happened. I recommend trying it for yourself and seeing if it solves your issue.

If not, then move to the other solutions below!

Reinstall Roblox

An easy fix for the missing “Disable Beta” button in the Roblox desktop app is uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Go to your Control Panel, find the “Apps” option, select it, find Roblox, and then uninstall it.

Go to the Roblox website, click on “Open” in your Roblox account, download the Roblox installer, and run it as an Administrator.

Install Roblox again and try opening it from the browser. Go to Settings and see if the “Disable Beta” option exists.

Create a New Account to Disable the Beta Feature

If the “Disable Beta” button is missing from your Roblox desktop app, creating a new account might solve your problem.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Create a new Roblox account
  • Set your age as being above 25-30, just to be safe
  • Open the Roblox desktop app through the browser
  • Go to Settings
  • Select “Disable Beta
  • Switch to your main account
  • Play Roblox through the browser

The change should carry over to your main account. Disabling the Beta Feature on the new account should also help your main account disable it.

Edit the Registry Entries

This one is a bit complicated, but I promise you – nothing unsafe or risky about this. You’ll only edit the registry keys for the Roblox app.

A quick uninstall-reinstall would reset everything, even if you were to break something.

Follow the steps below to do this:

1. Open Registry Editor

Windows 10 taskbar showing the "Registry Editor" app highlighted
Windows 10 taskbar showing the “Registry Editor” app highlighted

First, select the search bar on the taskbar and type in “regedit“. Then, select the “Registry Editor” app in the search results and confirm when asked.

2. Go to the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER – SOFTWARE” path

Registry Editor window showing the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER - SOFTWARE" path highlighted
Registry Editor window showing the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER – SOFTWARE” path highlighted

Once you open the Registry Editor, simply go to this path – “HKEY_CURRENT_USER“. Then, scroll down until you find the “SOFTWARE” folder, and select that.

3. Go to the “ROBLOX CORPORATION – Environments- roblox-players” path

Registry Editor showing the "ROBLOX CORPORATION - Environments- roblox-players" path highlighted
Registry Editor showing the “ROBLOX CORPORATION – Environments- roblox-players” path highlighted

Once you open the “SOFTWARE” folder, you should see multiple folders below, making up all the installed apps on your computer.

Search for the “ROBLOX Corporation” folder, not the “Roblox” one. Select it, and then select “Environments” – “roblox-player“.

Don’t click on the little arrow next to the “roblox-player” folder. Simply click on the folder.

4. Right-click on “LaunchExp” and select “Modify

Registry Editor showing the "LaunchExp" file highlighted in red
Registry Editor showing the “LaunchExp” file highlighted in red

Once you click on the “roblox-player” folder, you should see its contents on the right. Search for the “LaunchExp” registry item, right-click, and select “Modify“.

5. Replace “InApp” with “InBrowser

Registry Editor showing the modification screen for the "LaunchExp" registry, with the "InApp" value data highlighted
Registry Editor showing the modification screen for the “LaunchExp” registry, with the “InApp” value data highlighted

After clicking on “Modify” on the “LaunchExp” registry key, an editing window will open. In the “Value Data” text field, you should see the “InApp” text added by default.

Replace that with “InBrowser” and then click “Ok“. Restart your computer, and then try opening Roblox from the browser.

This time, it shouldn’t open the Desktop app. If it does, you can do nothing except talk to customer support and ask them how to solve this problem.

However, I’m assuming Roblox wants to transition to players using only the Desktop app and removing the in-browser functionality.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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