4 Ways to Stop Spotify from Opening on Mac Startup

A result: Tired of Spotify starting up automatically when you boot up your Mac? Here’s a guide on how to stop your Mac from opening when it starts.

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

How to stop Spotify from automatically opening on startup on Mac

Also read: How to remove startup programs from Mac

1. How to stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup with Spotify settings

  1. Launch Spotify on your Mac.
  2. Click the Spotify menu and select Preferences.
Go to Spotify Preferences
  1. Scroll down the page and select Advanced settings.
Spotify Advanced Settings
  1. Discover startup and window behavior.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to it and select No.
Stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup with Settings
  1. Sign out of Spotify.

2. How to prevent Spotify from opening on Mac startup with system preferences

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

  1. Click the Apple icon > System Preferences > Users and Groups.
  2. Click the Access Items tab.
  3. Click the lock, then type your password.
  4. Select Spotify from the list of access items and press the Minus (ー) button to remove it.
Remove Spotify from the list of Access items on your Mac

3. How to stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup with BuhoCleaner

As one of the best startup manager apps for Mac, BuhoCleaner lets you stop Spotify from opening in just a few clicks. In addition, it helps to disable or remove some unnecessary daemons and startup agents.

  1. Download and install BuhoCleaner on your Mac.
  2. Click the Startup Items tab and scan your Mac.
Scan startup programs on Mac
  1. Find Spotify and click the green button next to it to change its status to Disabled. If you want to remove it from your access list, right-click it and select Remove.
Stop Spotify from launching on Mac startup with BuhoCleaner

4. How to stop Spotify from starting in Dock on Mac

Another way to prevent Spotify from automatically logging in is to use the Dock. When Spotify is running, its icon will appear in the Dock. Right-click its icon, hover your mouse over Options, and uncheck Open on login.

Stop Spotify from opening on startup in the Dock


There you have four ways to stop Spotify on Mac startup. Just choose the path that is most convenient for you. By the way, if you want to quickly remove or move more startup programs, we recommend using BuhoCleaner. It is very easy to use and can be downloaded for free. Try it now.

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