How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer

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How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
It's easy to stop Spotify from opening when you startup your Mac computer.Shutterstock

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  • You can stop Spotify from opening on startup when you turn on a Mac computer in two different ways.
  • To stop Spotify from opening on startup, turn off the option in System Preferences.
  • Spotify can also be disabled on startup in Spotify's settings menu.

If you have the Spotify app downloaded to your Mac computer, chances are you've noticed that the app opens every time you startup your computer.

This is a default setting — but it can easily be changed within the Spotify app itself, or using your Mac's System Preferences.

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Here's how to do it.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on a Mac in Spotify settings

1. Launch the Spotify app on your Mac.

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Quick tip: You can search for the Spotify app using Spotlight (Command + Space) or find it by going to Finder > Applications.

2. Select Spotify from the menu at the top of the screen, and click on Preferences.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
Select Spotify from the top menu and then click on Preferences.Meira Gebel/Insider

3. In Spotify's Preferences, scroll to the bottom of the page, then select Show Advanced Settings.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
In Preferences, select "Show Advanced Settings."Kyle Wilson/Insider

4. Scroll to find Startup and Window Behavior.

5. Using the drop-down menu, select No — Spotify will no longer open on startup.

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How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
Select "No" under Startup and Window Behavior.Kyle Wilson/Insider

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on a Mac in System Preferences

1. Launch System Preferences.

2. Find and select Users & Groups.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
Select Users & Groups.Kyle Wilson/Insider

3. Select Login Items from the option at the top.

4. Click on the plus sign symbol at the bottom of the page.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
At the top select Login Items, then click on the plus sign at the bottom.Meira Gebel/Insider

5. Search for Spotify under Applications, and click Add.

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How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
Click Add under Spotify.Meira Gebel/Insider

6. Check the box under the column titled "Hide" for Spotify.

How to stop Spotify from opening on startup on your Mac computer
Make sure the box for "Hide" is checked.Meira Gebel/Insider

Your Mac will now hide the app upon startup of your computer. You can find Spotify by using Spotlight or searching for it in your Applications folder.

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