How to stop Spotify opening up on startup on your Mac

Spotify is one of the most widely-used music streaming services on the internet. Most of us use it on a mobile device like an iPhone, but if you use it on your Mac you’ve probably noticed that it starts up automatically when your Mac starts up. That’s fine if you want to have it running all the time, but if you don’t it can be frustrating. Here are a few ways to stop it.


If you don’t want to prevent apps from launching at startup one by one, there is an app that shows you all the apps that currently run automatically and allows you to prevent that. CleanMyMac X also has several other tools to optimize the performance of your Mac and free up disk space. Here’s how to use it to stop Spotify launching automatically.

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  1. Download CleanMyMac X free version and launch it from your Applications.
  2. Choose Optimization in the Sidebar.
  3. Click on Login Items.
  4. Check the box next to the items you want to stop starting up automatically.
  5. Press Remove.

That’s all. By the way, if you click Launch Agents you’ll also see other background apps that are normally not visible. You can then switch them off too. 

How to stop Spotify opening on startup using Spotify’s preferences

  1. If Spotify isn’t open on your Mac, go to your Applications folder and double-click on it. (You can also launch it from the Dock or by using Spotlight to search for it).
  2. Click on the Spotify menu and choose Preferences.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Advanced Settings.
  4. Locate Startup and Window Behaviour.
  5. Click the drop down menu next to it and choose No.
  6. Quit Spotify

Stop Spotify opening on startup using System Preferences

  1. Go to the Dock and click on System Preferences, or choose it from the Apple menu.
  2. Click on Users & Groups.
  3. Choose your user account and click on the padlock, then type in your password.
  4. Select the Login Items tab.
  5. If Spotify is listed there, select it and press ‘-‘ at the bottom of the screen.

Note: If you’re happy for Spotify to launch at startup but just don’t want to see it, leave it listed in Login Items (or press ‘+‘ to add it if it’s not there, and check the box next to it under ‘Hide.’

Spotify starts automatically when you log in to your Mac. But if you use one of the methods above, you can stop it and have it run only when you want to use it. 

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