How To Stop Spotify From Opening On Startup

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Spotify is a quite useful app and a flaw in the app can rarely be found by the users. But some options that are automatically saved in the Spotify desktop app can irritate the users a lot and can be a real patience tester. One such option is that the Spotify app automatically opens up when the user turns on their computer. The community would have surely made this feature to provide good music streaming experience, but most of the times it turns out to be a problem for Spotify users.

So here we are with methods to stop Spotify from opening on startup on Windows and Mac to make your experience with Spotify much more satisfying.

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Disable Spotify Automatic Startup On Windows PC

For Windows users, there are 2 methods to turn off Spotify app auto start.

Method 1: Using Spotify App

Note: This method can also be used by Mac users.

The key for disabling the Spotify app from starting up automatically is provided in the Spotify app itself, but it is quite hidden. So here is how you can find it.

1. Launch the Spotify app on your desktop initially.

2. After the app is open, click on the menu icon at the top and then select the Settings option. (You can also press Ctrl + P to directly open the Settings.)

spotify menu and settings

3. Now scroll down to the bottom and click on SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS.

spotify advance settings

4. Scroll down a bit more and locate the option Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer. It will be under Startup and Window Behaviour section.

stop Spotify from opening on startup

5. Click on the drop-down icon in front of the option and finally select NO.

That’s it. Now the Spotify app will never open up when you turn on your laptop or desktop. You can undo the settings whenever you want. Just follow the same steps and click on the YES or Minimize option.

Method 2: Using Taskbar

If you don’t want to open Spotify then here is another method that does the job and that too without any involvement of the Spotify app. This method makes use of the Task Manager. Moreover, the steps are a bit different for Windows 7 and 8/10.

Note: If you have already disabled Spotify automatic startup using the first method, you won’t be able to follow the method given below as the option to disable the Spotify will no more be available.

For Windows 7

1. In the search bar given in the Start option, type MSConfig and select the configuration option that appears.

ms configuration in windows 7

2. After that, select the Startup tab of the System Configuration window.

3. Now various apps and software might appear with some being checked while others being unchecked.

4. Locate the Spotify app now, uncheck the checkbox and click on OK.

disable spotify to start automatically in windows 7

5. Finally, restart your PC to implement the changes.

restart computer to save changes

For Windows 8 And 10

1. First of all, open the Task Manager on your system. You can do it by using the search option at the bottom or by right-clicking on the taskbar and locating the Task Manager. You can also do it by pressing the alt + ctrl + delete button and then selecting the Task Manager.

2. In the next step, jump to the Startup tab.

3. Now locate the Spotify app, click on it and finally select the disable option that appears at the bottom right.

Stop Spotify from opening on startup on Windows

That’s it. Now the Spotify app will never open up automatically when you start your computer.

Stop Spotify From Opening On Startup On Mac

As we mentioned in the note above, the method to prevent the Spotify from opening at the time of startup is the same in both the Windows and iOS system (when we do it using the Spotify app), here are some other methods to do the same.

Method 1: Using The Dock

This is the simplest and the easiest method to get the work done. Just a few steps are needed to be followed.

1. At the dock, locate the Spotify app and right-click on it.

2. Now click on the Options and then uncheck the option that says Open at Login.

disable spotify auto start in macOsThe reverse steps are also available in case you change your mind in the future.

Method 2: From System Preferences

1. Click on the Apple icon at the top-left of the screen and select System Preferences… after that.

system preferences in apple

2. In the next step click on Users & Groups.

users and groups in Mac

3. Now jump to Login Items from Password.

4. Locate Spotify and click on it.

5. In the last step, click on the minus icon to stop Spotify from opening on startup on Mac in the future.

Disable Spotify automatic startup on Mac

Easy!! isn’t it?

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Spotify has made our music experience far better than before. Moreover, it has a solution to all our problems be it big or small. All we need to do is spend a little time to find their solutions as we did for this one.

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Daksh is an ardent blogger, introvert and a tech enthusiast who is keen about gadgets and technology, and maybe he can contaminate you by sharing the same vibes.

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