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How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on Windows or Mac

Spotify opens every time you turn on your Mac because it’s trying to be helpful. As it’s much easier to have the usual apps opened after your device is switched on. On the other hand, it may bother you, because sometimes you don’t want to use the app. In this case, it would be better to stop Spotify from opening on startup.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on Mac

There are two ways to thwart Spotify from automatically opening whenever you startup or restart your Mac. Those methods would be displayed in the section below:

How to change Spotify preferences to stop opening at startup 

If you want to change Spotify preferences to stop opening at startup, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should open the Spotify app.
  • After that, you should tap on Spotify.
  • Then, you should tap on Preferences.
  • Next, you should tap on Show Advanced Settings.
  • After that, you should move down to the Startup and Window Behavior section.
  • To finish the process, you should tap on the menu and click No which may be found next to Open Spotify automatically after you log into your computer.

How to change Mac startup items to stop Spotify opening 

If you want to change Mac startup items to stop Spotify opening, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should tap on the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen.
  • After that, you should tap on System Preferences.
  • Then, you should tap on Users & Groups.
  • Next, you should tap on your user account.
  • After that, you should select Login Items.
  • To complete the process, you should uncheck the box next to Spotify.

How to stop Spotify opening on startup in Windows 10

There are 2 methods to stop Spotify from opening on startup in Windows 10.

How to change Spotify settings

If you want to change Spotify settings, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should open the Spotify app from the Start menu or green Spotify icon in the system tray.
  2. After that, you should tap on the three horizontal dots to open the Settings menu.
  3. Then, you should click on Edit and then tap on Preferences.
  1. Next, you should tap on “Show Advanced Settings” which can be found near to the bottom of the Settings page.
  2. After that, you should head to the Startup and Window Behavior section.
  1. Then, you should tap on “No” from the drop-down options for “Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer.”
  2. To finish the process, you should exit the Settings page.

How to change startup programs via Windows Task Manager

If you want to change startup programs via Windows Task Manager, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should open Task Manager. To do that, you should press Control + Shift + Esc or Right-click in the Windows taskbar and click on the Task Manager option from the drop-down menu.
  2. After that, you should tap on the Startup tab or More Details if you don’t see the tab.
  3. Then, you should locate Spotify in the program list and right-click on it.
  1. Next, you should click on Disable to stop the automatic launch.

Some Spotify users find that both methods don’t stop Spotify from automatically launching at startup. You can try the steps below as a last resort:

  1. First of all, you should head to file location C:\Users\MyUserName\AppData\Roaming\Spotify.
  2. After that, you should do a right-click on SpotifyStartupTask.exe then click on Properties.
  3. Then, you should tap on the “Security” tab.
  4. Next, you should head to Advanced and select “Disable inheritance” from the drop-down menu.
  5. After that, you should confirm “Remove All inherited permissions from this object.”
  6. To finish the process, you should do steps 3-5 one more time with SpotifyWebHelper.exe.

As you can see, it is quite easy to prevent Spotify from opening on startup.

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