4 Best Ways to Stop Spotify from Launching on Startup on Mac

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Jerome Mills

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Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming service providers, allowing you to access millions of legal songs and podcasts. If you use it on a Mac, you may notice that it launches automatically when you log in to your Mac. Want to prevent it from opening at startup? Read this blog, and you'll learn four ways to do so.

How to Stop Spotify from Automatically Opening on Startup on Mac

Also Read: How to Remove Startup Programs on Mac

1. Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup with Spotify's Settings

  1. Launch Spotify on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Spotify menu and choose Preferences.

Go to Spotify Preferences

  1. Scroll the page to the bottom and select Advanced Settings.

Spotify Advanced Settings

  1. Find Startup and window behavior.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to it and choose No.

Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup on Mac with Settings

  1. Quit Spotify.

2. Prevent Spotify from Opening on Startup with System Preferences

With System Preferences, you can manage all your login items easily. Here are the steps:

  1. Click the Apple icon > System Preferences > Users and Groups.
  2. Click the Login Items Tab.
  3. Click on the padlock, then type in your password.
  4. From the Login Items list, select Spotify and click on the Minus (ー) button to remove it.

Remove Spotify from Login Items List on Mac

3. Stop Spotify Auto Login with BuhoCleaner

As one of the best startup manager apps for Mac, BuhoCleaner allows you to stop Spotify from opening at startup with just a few clicks. Beyond that, it can also help you disable or delete some unnecessary launch daemons and launch agents quickly.

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Click the Startup Items tab and scan your Mac.

Scan Startup Programs on Mac

  1. Locate Spotify and click the green button next to it to change its status to Disabled. If you want to remove it from your login list, right-click on it and choose Remove.

Stop Spotify from Launching on Mac Startup with BuhoCleaner

4. Stop Spotify from Launching on Startup with Dock

Another way to prevent Spotify from auto-login is to use the Dock. When you launch Spotify, its icon will appear in the Dock. Right-click its icon, hover your mouse over Options, and uncheck Open at Login.

Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup with the Dock


There you have four ways to make Spotify stop launching on Mac startup. Just choose the most convenient way for you. By the way, if you want to disable or move more startup programs quickly, we strongly recommend that you use BuhoCleaner. It is very easy to use and can be downloaded for free. Have a try now.


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