How to Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup

| Updated on: October 11, 2019

When it comes to music streaming, Spotify is currently the most popular music streaming app all over the world. It gives you legal access to a vast music catalog and the ability to play track online without buying them.

Unfortunately, after the recent update of Spotify, many users have started facing a very common issue with the Spotify app. The Spotify app on their windows or mac computer keeps starting itself on every time they start their computer. This would have been a normal behavior because these days many apps come with a default setting that allows them to start at the startup or bootup of computer.

However, even though there are many users who have already turned off the auto Spotify start option from the settings still Spotify app always starts at the startup of Windows.

So, it is obvious that there are many reasons why Spotify automatically opens on startup. In this guide, We will share every possible ways to stop Spotify from opening on startup.

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How to stop Spotify from opening on startup

Step 1: First thing first open the Spotify app on your computer.

Step 2: Once the Spotify app is opened, click on the dropdown menu (check top right corner) and select the “Settings” option. Or you can also press Ctrl + P to directly go into the Settings.

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Step 3: Now scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advance settings.

Stop spotify app from opening on startup of windows

Step 4: Now scroll down a bit and under “Startup and Window Behavior” section you will get an option called “Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer

Step 5: Click on the drop-down menu option appearing in front of the option and select No.

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That’s it this is how you can stop Spotify from opening on startup.

Method 2: Disable Spotify App Auto-Start via Task Manager

If you don’t want the Spotify app to automatically start on staup then there is another very simple way to turn off this feature. Windows provide a way to access the list of all the apps that are scheduled to start automatically each time after startup. You can have a look at the list of apps and disable Spotify from the list. So, that next time when you open your windows computer Spotify won’t automatically start.

Note – We are going to use task manager of windows in this method, but the steps to acess task manager on different version of windows is bit different , so lets have a look at how to make spotify not open on startup in different windows.

For Windows 7 Users

Step 1: Type MSConfig in the search bar given in the start option and select the configuration option that appears in the result.

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Step 2: Now go to the Startup tab of the System Configuration window.

Step 3: Now you will see the list of different software and tools with some being checked while others being unchecked.

Step 4: You have to look for the Spotify app in the list and uncheck the checkbox and click on OK.

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Step 5 : Finally restart your computer to implement the changes.

For Windows 8 And 10 Users

Step 1 – Search for task manager via the search bar given in your windows computer. And then click on the task manager option that appears in the result.

Step 2 – Once the task manager windows is opened, go to the startup tab.

Step 3 – Now look for the Spotify app in the list and select the disable option that appears at the bottom right corner.

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That’s it now the Spotify app will never start automatically on startup.

Stop Spotify from opening on startup mac

Mac operating system is pretty good at not letting software and application take over your mac computer. In this instance, when you install the Spotify app for the first time on your Mac, It shows you a popup asking you if you would like it to boot automatically with Mac OS.

So, it’s good that if you give permission to the application then only Sopitfy app will automatically start after every boot. As you are reading this article, I assume that you had given permission in the past to automatically start the Spotify app and now you want to turn it off. There are mainly two ways to stop Spotify from opening on startup mac. I am going to tell you about both the methods below.

Method 1: Using The Dock

Step 1 : Right-click on the Spotify app icon at the dock.

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

That’s it now Spotify app will not automatically start after every time you boot your mac computer.

Method 2: From System Preferences

Step 1 – Firstly click on the Apple icon appearing at the top left corner and then click on System Preferences

Step 2 – On the next screen, click on the Users & Groups.

Step 3 – Now go to the Login Items tab.

Step 4 – Now look for the Spotify app from the list and click on it.

Step 5 – Finally once you have selected the Spotify app from the list, now click on the minus icon to stop Spotify from opening on startup on Mac in the future.

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Wrapping up

So, guys, this was all about how to stop Spotify from opening on startup. If you are still not able to remove Spotify from Windows 10 startup, do let us know in the comments.


About Shivam Choudhary

Shivam Choudhary is the founder of Gadgetsprout.com and many other online ventures. He is blogging since the age of 15. Writing has always been at the center of his life and the passion for technology and gadgets that he developed over the years influenced him to start Gadgetsprout.com

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