What are startup items?

Apps can start at login through two obvious ways: they are launched by the system at login, or the program automatically adds itself to the login items. Open System Preferences, then navigate to “Users & Groups.”. When another app opens a URL containing your custom scheme, the system launches your app, if necessary, and brings it to the foreground. The system delivers the URL to your app by calling your app delegate’s application(: open: options:) method. Add code to the method to parse the contents of the URL and take appropriate actions. First, open up Start All Programs, and search through the menu for the app you want to start at boot. Right-click on it and hit 'Copy'. This will copy the shortcut.

Startup items, or login items, are services and applications that launch every time you start your Mac. These are applications that sneak into startup items without notice, never asking if you need or want them there. This way you may end up with a dozen apps launching as soon as you turn on your Mac, weighing heavily on its processor and memory capacities and slowing it down. Such items can increase your Mac’s startup time and decrease its performance.

Plus, sometimes when you remove an application or a service, it leaves a login item with a broken link. These broken login items are completely useless, cause unwanted messages, and waste your Mac's resources (because they look for non-existent applications). Whether you're running macOS Catalina or El Capitan, or earlier — it's all the same, so just read on.

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So, let's go over how to take control of login items, and how to get rid of unwanted, broken or hidden startup items.

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How to disable startup programs?

Do you want to stop programs from running at startup? There’s an easy way to remove programs from startup and get your Mac to load faster on launch. The fastest way to turn off startup items on Mac is an app like CleanMyMac X.

  1. Download CleanMyMac for free.
  2. Launch the app.
  3. Open Optimization tab.
  4. Click on Login items.
  5. From the list of apps, disable the ones you don’t need on startup.
  6. Done!

How to change startup programs manually?

Disabling Mac startup programs is possible manually. Therefore, if you have some time and would like to do it yourself, follow the steps below.

Your login items are listed in settings. One of the easiest ways to control startup items is inside System Preferences > Users & Groups.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Go to Users & Groups.
  3. Choose your nickname on the left.
  4. Choose Login items tab.
  5. Check startup programs you want to remove.
  6. Press the “–” sign below.
  7. You’re done.
  8. If you need to add an item back, press “+” and choose the app you’d like add.
  9. Then restart your Mac to see the changes.

How to fix broken startup items?

Broken Mac startup files are left there because some part of apps are left on your Mac long after you’ve moved the app to the Trash. To get rid of these parts and to fix your startup, you’re going to need CleanMyMac again. First, you need to check if they’re among startup items and disable them if so. You can do it following the instructions above. Then you need to remove app leftovers. CleanMyMac works fine on macOS High Sierra and earlier OS.

  1. Launch CleanMyMac.
  2. Choose Uninstaller tab.
  3. Scroll through the list of apps.
  4. If you spot any app that you’ve deleted, check them.
  5. Delete the app leftovers you’ve chosen.

You can also find and remove broken login items with the help of System Junk module:

  1. Choose System Junk tab.
  2. Click Scan.
  3. Review details and click Clean.

Finally, you need to clean your macOS startup items through launch services:

  1. Open Maintenance tab.
  2. Choose Rebuild Launch Services.
  3. Hit Run.
  4. Done.

Mac Apps Open On Startup

Once you do it, all broken app data on your Mac will be fixed.

Remove daemons and agents from startup process

If speaking of files, first go to the system folder /Library/StartUpItems. Here you’ll find all the startup files that are being launched with the system. You can delete the login item you think is necessary if you’re totally sure what you are doing.

Also, the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder contains a bunch of preference files that define how the application that is being launched along with the system should work. You might want to delete some of these files as well if you know you don’t need them and removing them is safe.

The /Library/LaunchAgents contains preference files responsible for the apps that launch during the login process (not the startup).

The above-mentioned folders contain app-related files. However, you can also check system folders to review whether you need some of the system applications to be running on startup:

  1. /System/Library/LaunchDaemons - note that besides preference files this folder contains other important system items that are recommended to keep untouched.
  2. /System/Library/LaunchAgents - most probably, you won’t also find anything worth removing in this folder, however, keeping this location in mind might help you find files related to a problematic app that causes troubles on Mac startup. If you have a problematic application that messes about on login, you can try to trace it back from this folder.

But, if you’re looking for simple ways to remove login items, we suggest using a professional Mac utility. Download CleanMyMac X for free and make unwanted and broken login items a thing of the past.

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Although I love and adore music, I tend to get distracted when one of my favorite music streaming apps Spotify automatically opens up on startup in Mac. Here, selecting the right playlist becomes more important than my office tasks. Does that happen to you as well? Then you need to stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup.

How to Stop Spotify From Opening Automatically on Mac Startup

Quite like the feature of upgrading to Spotify premium, the app does not keep the said setting handy. It was after some poking around that I found the setting. In doing so, I found a setting perfectly suited to my case.

As I mentioned, I love music and tend to get distracted when Spotify pops up. So, instead of preventing Spotify from opening on startup, I can choose it to start and minimize on my Dock. This way, the app remains always approachable, without distracting.

Step #1. Open the Spotify app on your Mac.

Step #2.Log in to the app (skip the step if already logged in).

Step #3. Select Spotify from the top menu (next to Apple logo on Mac) and click on Preferences.

Step #4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Show Advanced Settings.

Step #5. Now, scroll up to Startup and Window Behavior setting.

Step #6. From the drop down menu in front of Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer, select

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  • No to stop Spotify from opening on mac startup
  • Minimize to keep Spotify minimized during startup

In case, this method does not work for you, there’s another method you can try.

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Change System Settings to Prevent Spotify from Opening on Mac Startup

So basically, your system keeps the log of apps that automatically open during the startup. This log might be pushing your Spotify app to open during every boot. All you need to do is remove Spotify from the list.

Step #1. Tap on Apple () icon and select System Preferences from the menu.

Step #2. Select Users & Groups.

Step #3. Here, switch to Login Items tab from the top bar.

Step #4. Select Spotify and click on Minus(-) from the bottom of the page.

You can also check the hide option; this will hide the application when you turn on your computer.

That’s all folks!!

In the world of music streaming, Spotify stands tall amongst its competitors. However, it is some small user-interface related issues that holds the app back. While no setting is difficult, finding and reaching that particular setting is a laborius process. For instance, you can only upgrade or delete your spotify account permanently via web.

While I wish Spotify takes heed of such issue and simplify these task.

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