Ways to Disable Spotify Automatic Opening on Mac and Windows

Published by Adam Gorden on Jun. 22, 2020 5:23 PM.

Chances are you've noticed that after your computer starts up, some of programs installed on your computer open and run automatically. For some users, it would be a convenient behavior; but for some one, excessive startup can greatly discount the efficiency of the computer with severe restriction of the operation.

If you have the Spotify app installed to your computer, you would encounter this problem that Spotify will be automatically loaded every time you startup your computer. This is a default setting but it can easily be changed within the Spotify itself or on your computer's setting. In this post, we'll share you several ways to stop Spotify from opening on startup.


Part 1. Solutions to Stop Spotify Opening on Startup
Part 2. Workaround to Stream Spotify Music Anywhere

Part 1. Ways to Prevent Spotify from Opening on Startup

There are several ways to stop Spotify from running automatically when you log into your computer. The following ways are available for both Mac and Windows users. Just fix the issue with a few steps.

Solution 1: Disable Auto-Start within Spotify App

Both Mac and Windows users can stop Spotify from opening on startup by changing the setting within Spotify app itself. Turn Spotify auto-start off within Spotify app might solve the issue for you. Here's how to.

disable automatic spotify opening

1. Pull up the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows computer.
2. Navigate to "Edit > Preferences" on Windows or "Spotify > Preferences" on Mac.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Show Advanced Settings button.
4. Scroll to find the Startup and Windows Behavior option.
5. Use the drop-down menu to select the No option once you see the Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer.

Solution 2: Disable Auto-Start via Task Manager

There is a Task Manager on the Windows computer where you can manage all installed applications. In this program, you can browse the list of applications that are scheduled to run at every startup and disable the auto-start of the Spotify app from this list.

disable automatic spotify opening

1. Right-click on the Windows Taskbar and choose the Task Manager option.
2. Select the Startup from the option at the top.
3. Scroll to find the Spotify app from all the applications on boot.
4. Right-click on Spotify and click the Disable button.

Solution 3: Disable Auto-Start in System Preference

Similar to Task Manager on the Windows computer, Apple allows all Mac users to remove applications from opening automatically on startup in System Preference. Here are the steps to hide Spotify from automatic opening by using the Settings menu.

disable automatic spotify opening

1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac computer.
2. Find and select Use & Groups from the System Preference menu.
3. Select the Login Items from the option at the top.
4. Click on the "+" button at the bottom of the page and enter your admin password to proceed.
5. Find the Spotify app on the list and select the "-" button at the bottom to remove it.

Solution 4: Disable Auto-Start from Run Menu

Except for stopping Spotify from running on startup by using Task Manager, you could also disable it from the Windows Startup menu. Follow the below steps to remove Spotify from the startup on Windows.

disable automatic spotify opening

1. Launch the Run menu by using the Windows + R keyboard shortcuts.
2. Enter shell:startup into the search box of the Run menu to open the windows where you could see all the programs run during the Windows startup.
3. Right-click on the Spotify app and choose to delete from the contextual menu if you see Spotify listed there.

Solution 5: Disable Auto-Start from Apps Dock

If you are a Mac user, you could see lots of program in Dock. Apple allows you to access several options such as Quit, Hide and more from the application in Dock. If Spotify app is kept in Dock, you could try to change the option to fix this issue.

disable automatic spotify opening

1. Right-click on the Spotify icon by using a mouse or a two-finger click.
2. Choose Options from the small floating menu.
3. Uncheck Open at Login to disable Spotify automatic opening on Mac.

Part 2. Bonus Tip: How to Download Spotify Music without Premium

In today's media-driven world, music streaming has become a hot market and Spotify is one of the leading names in that market. For users, probably the best and simplest aspect of Spotify is that it's free. However, the free version of Spotify is ad-supported much like a radio station. So, if you are a free user, you cannot enjoy lots of additional features for premium users.

For example, you are not able to download your favorite tracks from Spotify for offline listening. But with the help of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download music from Spotify without subscribing to Premium Plan on Spotify. What's more, you can rip mp3 from Spotify or other plain formats. Let's have a look at the main features of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter below.

spotify music converter

Main Features of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

  • Convert Spotify music tracks to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B
  • Download Spotify songs, albums, artists, and playlist without premium
  • Get rid of all digital rights management protection and ads from Spotify
  • Support the playback of Spotify music on any devices and media players
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Step 1Add Spotify Music to ViWizard Main Home

drag spotify songs

After launching ViWizard Spotify Converter, it will load Spotify app automatically on your computer. Then log into your Spotify account and browse the store to find out the songs or playlists you want to download. You can choose to drag them to ViWizard interface or copy the link of Spotify music to the search box on ViWizard interface.

Step 2Set Output Audio Format and Parameters

set output profile

Once the Spotify songs and playlists are imported successfully, navigate to Menu > Preference > Convert where you can select the output format. It currently supports AAC, M4A, MP3, M4B, FLAC and WAV as output audio format. You are also allowed to customize the output audio quality, including audio channel, bit rate, and sample rate.

Step 3Begin to Download Spotify Music to MP3

download music from spotify

Now click the Convert button at the bottom right and you will let the program begin to download Spotify tracks as you wish. Once done, you can find the converted Spotify songs in the converted list by clicking the Converted icon. You could also locate to your specified downloads folder to browse all the lossless Spotify music files.

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