You may have noticed that some apps open and run automatically when you start your Windows PC or Mac. The behavior makes sense for apps from Cloud-Storage services like OneDrive and Google Drive – you might want to keep all files in sync with other platforms. Other apps like Chrome, Spotify, Edge Browsers, etc., enable the option “Login / Start at startup” by default and mostly consume resources at startup. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent Spotify from opening on startup in macOS and Windows.
If you love music you probably won’t mind. However, it’s strange that Spotify wants to start immediately after booting the operating system – it’s not a critical system app, after all. The practice of forcing people to become one App start at startup makes no sense. This behavior is also active by default when you install the Spotify app.
In this post, we’re going to walk you through different ways to disable Spotify from starting automatically on Windows and Mac. First, let’s talk about the common method that works on both Windows and macOS.
1.Use the Startup and Windows Behavior option (Windows and Mac)
Spotify offers the option of changing the “Start at startup” function in the app settings. The app is almost identical on Windows and Mac. You can follow the steps below to access and change the option.
Step 1: Open the Spotify app on Mac or Windows.
Step 2: You can select the drop-down menu next to the profile icon and go to Settings. Alternatively, you can also use Command +, keyboard shortcut on the Mac, to open the Spotify settings.
Step 5: Navigate to the “Startup and Window Behavior” heading. You will find the option to “Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer”. Click the drop-down menu and change the behavior to No.
After that, Spotify will no longer load by itself when you start your computer. Spotify’s Windows app also has an option to minimize or close the app when you press close Button. You can change that if you like.
If Spotify still opens at startup on Mac, check the next solution.
2. Disable opening when signing in from the Apps Dock on the Mac
Apple gives you access to various options like Exit, Force Quit, Show All Windows, Keep in Dock, etc. via the app icon in the Dock. You can click the app icon with a two-finger click or right-click the app icon (if you’re using a mouse).
In the small floating menu, navigate to Options and uncheck / uncheck Open at login.
3. Disable Spotify from users and groups (Mac)
Apple allows you to hide apps from opening automatically on startup. Here are the steps to hide them using the Settings menu.
Step 1: In the menu bar at the top left, tap the Apple icon and go to System Preferences. Alternatively, you can use the Command + Spacebar keys and search for System Preferences in them.
Step 2: Navigate to Users & Groups in the system settings. In the right pane, click the Login Items tab.
Step 3: There you will see the list of apps that open automatically when you sign in. To make changes you need to click on the lock icon in the lower left corner and add your admin Password to continue.
Step 4: When you find Spotify on the list, check the box in the Hide menu to hide it. To remove it, select the ‘-‘ button below.
4. Disable Spotify on Windows startup
When you log into your Windows account after booting the operating system, the system loads some services in the background. You can turn it off from the Windows Start menu. Follow the steps below to remove Spotify from the startup process on Windows.
Step 1: Press the Windows Key and look for the Run menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Windows + R and access the Run menu.
Step 2: Enter shell: startup and the window will open showing the services that will be running during Windows startup.
Step 3: If Spotify is listed there, right click it and choose Delete from the context menu.
5. Disable Spotify Startup via the Windows Task Manager
Step 1: Select the Windows button and look for Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click the Windows button and select Task Manager from the menu that opens.
Step 2: The Task Manager window shows several tabs – Processes, Performance, App History, Startup, Users, Details, and Services.
Step 3: Click the Startup tab and look for Spotify in the list of apps.
Step 4: Right click on it and choose Disable from the floating menu.
That should prevent Spotify from starting automatically when you start Windows.
Remove Spotify from startup
If apps accidentally open on startup, this can slow down the loading process. This might make sense for certain apps, but not for music streaming apps like Spotify. Use the steps above to disable Spotify from starting automatically when you start your Mac and Windows PC.
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