How to Disable Spotify Auto Startup in Windows 10

Spotify’s autorun feature means you’ll always have music at your fingertips. But there’s a price to pay for that convenience: the startup process can slow down if the app is running in the background.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to disable the Spotify app from automatically opening in Windows 10. Read on to learn how to disable the Spotify auto startup issue and other apps that can slow down the startup process.

Why does Spotify automatically launch on Windows 10?

Windows Update: The latest Windows updates can also cause this problem. Windows has a feature to re-open apps that were open the last time you closed them. This way, even if the autorun option is disabled, if the Spotify app was open during the shutdown, it will be launched the next time you start it.

Spotify app settings: The first and most common cause of this problem is Spotify settings. Many users aren’t even aware of this option in the Spotify app, and because it’s enabled by default, many users see the app turn on by itself every time they launch it. And even if you want to disable the autorun option, it’s well hidden, so it’s very difficult for non-technical users to turn it off.

Tip: Make sure the Spotify app is closed before you shut down your computer. This will help you avoid any problems that may arise. If the app doesn’t start automatically the next time you start it, it means that the problem is related to a Windows feature.

How to stop the Spotify auto startup problem?

Disabling Spotify via Task Manager

If you don’t want to dig into Spotify’s settings, you can also disable Spotify autorun via Windows Task Manager. Task Manager has a built-in Autorun tab that allows you to control which programs are launched from your computer.

  1. To start the Task Manager, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc or right-click on the Windows taskbar and select “Task Manager.”
  2. Click the “Startup” tab. If you don’t see it, click “Details” at the bottom of the window.
  3. Find the “Spotify” entry in the list. Right-click on it and click “Disable”.
  4. The Spotify autorun status displayed in “Status” is now “Disabled”. It will no longer run during download.

Ask Spotify not to start automatically

To find this option, open the Spotify app. You can launch it from the Start menu or double-click the green Spotify icon in the system tray if it’s already running.

  1. In the upper left corner of the Spotify window, click Menu (…) -> Edit -> Preferences.
  2. Scroll down the Settings page and click Show Advanced Settings.
  3. Find the “Startup and window behavior” option – you may have to scroll down a bit.
  4. To the right of “Automatically open Spotify after connecting to your computer,” click on the dropdown list and select “No.”
  5. You can now leave the Settings page. Spotify will not start automatically when you log in.

Frequently Asked Questions

Right-click on an empty taskbar area and select "Task Manager". Select the "Autorun" tab. Right-click on "Spotify" and select "Disable.

  1. Select Spotify from the top menu, then click "Settings".
  2. In the settings, select "Show advanced settings".
  3. Select "None" under "Startup and window behavior".
  4. Select "Users and Groups."

This is because Spotify is set to launch automatically after you log in to your computer. Here's the solution: go to Settings and click on "Show Advanced Settings." There, under "Window Startup and Behavior," you can specify whether Spotify should launch automatically.

To disable autorun in Windows 10, simply find an app in the list and right-click it, then select "Disable" from the context menu, or first select an app or service from the list, then click "Disable" in the lower right corner to prevent the highlighted app from launching automatically when you start your computer.

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