How to Turn Off Spotify Auto-Start

Spotify is great for streaming a huge selection of music, but the app itself can be a little overbearing. If you’ve recently installed Spotify’s desktop application, you might find that when you turn on your computer Spotify starts up without your permission. Take back your life! Here’s how to show that presumptuous program who’s boss and disable auto-start.

How To Turn Off Spotify Auto-Start on a PC

1. Click Edit in the upper-left corner of the Spotify desktop application interface.

2. Click Preferences from the drop-down menu.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the Preferences screen. 

At the bottom of the Preferences screen, there is a set of options under the heading “Open Spotify Automatically After You Log Into the Computer.” Open Automatically is selected by default.

4. Click the circle next to Don’t Open Automatically. 

MORE: How to Stop Spotify Posts on Facebook

How To Turn Off Spotify Auto-Start on a Mac

1. Click Spotify in the upper-left corner of the Spotify desktop application interface.

2. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

4. Toggle Don’t Open Automatically to On at the bottom of the Preferences screen. You’ll have to scroll down all the way.

Spotify Automatic Start Location on Mac Version

That’s it! These settings also give the option to open Spotify automatically, but minimized.

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  1. Franny Says:

    Thanks. this was driving me mad.

  2. Sam Says:

    This doesn’t actually work. It still starts up

  3. from Says:

    What Sam said.

  4. Kay Says:

    I clicked on preferences, but nothing happens. The drop down menu just disappears!

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