How to Stop Apps Opening Automatically on Mac OS Startup

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Mac OS include a function allowing Apps running automatically at the startup. If you want to speed up your Mac’s startup time and prevent unnecessary applications you should stop Apps opening automatically on startup

This short tutorial shows you smart options how to stop Apps opening automatically on Mac OS startup or login.


Option 1: Stop Apps on Users & Groups

Click on System Preferences on the top left corner of your Mac. It will navigate ot System Preferences panel.

Stop Apps Opening Automatically on Mac OS
Stop Apps on Users & Groups
Stop Apps on Users & Groups
Stop Apps on Users & Groups
  1. Click the Apple icon → System Preferences from your menu bar.
  2. Choose Users & Groups.
  3. Select your user on left if you have more than one set up.
  4. Click Login Items on the right.
  5. You’ll see all items set to open automatically. To remove one, select it and click the minus sign.

Option 2: Stop Apps on the App Settings

If the app keeps opening automatically, it can quickly change this from your Dock, assuming the app is there permanently or as a recently-used app.

right-click with your mouse or CTRL + LEFT CLICK if you’re using a trackpad or a Magic Mouse with two-button mode disabled.

Stop Apps on the App Settings
Stop Apps on the App Settings

To end turn this off by simply clicking Open at Login once. The check mark will disappear and the menu will close. Want to check if it worked? Just right click and re-navigate to the options menu. The check mark will be gone, indicating that the program will no longer open at login.

Stop Apps on the App Settings
Stop Apps on the App Settings

Option 3: Stop Apps in CleanMyMac App

There may be apps or services that you can’t get rid of using the above two methods, they are mostly auto launch agents that show up in the menu bar.

Stop Apps in CleanMyMac App
Stop Apps in CleanMyMac App

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