Disable Spotify Auto-Start: How to Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup

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How to Stop Spotify from Opening on Startup


If you’re like me, Tracy, you have a preference for how you want your computer to behave when you start it up. One unwelcome behavior is when programs automatically launch without our consent, cluttering our workspace and consuming system resources. Spotify, while a hugely popular music streaming service, can be one of those programs that sneak into your startup sequence. This article focuses on disabling that function to start your computer experience on your own terms. Follow these detailed steps to stop Spotify from opening on startup.

For Windows Users

Stopping Spotify from automatically launching on startup in Windows is a pretty straightforward process. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Spotify on your computer.
  2. Click on the three dots in the upper-left corner of the window to access the main menu.
  3. Navigate to ‘Edit’ and then click on ‘Preferences’, or simply use the shortcut Ctrl + P.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Show Advanced Settings’.
  5. Look for the ‘Startup and Window Behaviour’ section.
  6. Next to ‘Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer’, select ‘No’ from the dropdown menu.

Alternatively, if you want to stop Spotify from the system’s startup programs list, you can:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on ‘More details’ to expand it if necessary.
  3. Switch to the ‘Startup’ tab.
  4. Find Spotify in the list, click on it to highlight it.
  5. Click on the ‘Disable’ button in the bottom-right corner of the window.

For Mac Users

Mac users can also ensure that Spotify doesn’t start automatically using System Preferences:

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select ‘System Preferences’ from the drop-down menu.
  3. Go to ‘Users & Groups’.
  4. Click on your user account and switch to the ‘Login Items’ tab.
  5. Look for Spotify in the list and check the box under the ‘Hide’ column to prevent it from opening at startup.
  6. To completely remove Spotify from the list, click on the minus (-) button below the list (make sure Spotify is highlighted when you do this).


Q: Will disabling Spotify on startup affect its functionality?

A: No, preventing Spotify from opening on startup will not impact its functionality when you choose to open the application yourself.

Q: Can I reverse the settings if I change my mind later?

A: Yes, the process is reversible. To revert the changes, simply follow the provided steps and change the setting back to allow Spotify to start automatically.

Q: What should I do if Spotify continues to open on startup after following these steps?

A: Make sure that you properly saved your preferences in Spotify and checked all settings in the system startup list. Sometimes a system update or reinstalling Spotify can revert your preferences, so you might need to repeat the steps.


Throughout my experience with helping users manage their application behavior, I’ve found that taking control of your startup processes can greatly improve your computer’s performance and your own productivity. By following the outlined steps, you can stop Spotify from interrupting your startup routine and ensure your computer only runs the programs you want when you log in.

As someone who values an efficient digital environment, I, Tracy, believe these minor tweaks can lead to a much more pleasant and controlled computing experience. Remember, your startup should work for you, not the other way around.