2 Easy Ways to Stop Spotify Automatically Opening on a Mac

If you have Spotify installed on your Mac, you may have noticed that it opens automatically whenever you start your computer. It does this by default. But if you’re annoyed every time by Spotify’s sudden appearance, you can easily change this setting to stop that happening. Below are the two ways to do it.

1. Disable Spotify at Startup From Spotify’s Settings

Spotify opening up at startup is not really a big deal, especially if setting up some good music is the first step in your workflow. However, when you’re busy or rushing to finish a task, the last thing that you want is another nuisance window appearing.

You just need to tweak a setting in Spotify itself to prevent the music app from suddenly popping up at your Mac’s startup:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Head to the menu bar and click Spotify > Preferences.
  3. Scroll down to the Startup and window behavior section.
  4. Click the dropdown menu beside Open Spotify automatically after logging into the computer, then select No. You can also choose Minimize if you want it to open as a minimized window at startup instead.

2. Exclude Spotify From Your Mac’s Startup Items

Your Mac also tries to simplify your life by automatically launching programs for you whenever you turn it on. You can change this at any time by adding, removing, or delaying startup apps on your Mac.

If the first method we mentioned doesn’t work stop Spotify opening automatically, it may be added to your Mac’s Login Items. To change it:

  1. Head to System Preferences > Users & Groups on your Mac.
  2. Click the Login Items button.
  3. Select Spotify, then click the Remove (–) icon at the bottom.

No More Spotify Greetings

If you’re annoyed at Spotify for greeting you every time you turn on your Mac, it’s pretty easy to stop it from appearing using one of these two tricks. Then you can click the app (if it’s housed in your Dock) or use the Launchpad to open in your own time, when you’re ready for Spotify.

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