Can’t stand cranking up Spotify first thing in the morning? This article explains how to Stop Spotify automatic launch on Windows.
Spotify will become your computer’s default music player upon installation on a Windows machine. This is the default behavior. But if you don’t want Spotify to launch automatically whenever your computer boots, you can easily disable that feature.
Here are three quick and easy ways to stop Spotify from opening on Windows boot.
1. Modify Spotify’s startup actions, so it doesn’t automatically launch.
Spotify for Windows includes an in-app settings menu that allows you to modify the application’s startup behavior. If you don’t want Spotify to launch automatically when you boot up your computer, you can disable this behavior under the app’s Settings > Startup and window behavior. The necessary steps are outlined below.
- To open the search menu, click its taskbar icon or press the Win key plus the letter S.
- Select “Spotify” in the search bar with the top result.
- Select Edit > Preferences from Spotify’s main menu (three vertical dots) in the upper left corner of the app.
- Another option is simply using the Ctrl + P keyboard shortcut to access the Spotify preferences menu.
- Go down to the section labeled “Startup and window behavior.”
A pull-down menu will click to the right of Spotify will not launch in the background once you log in, as you’ve requested. Select Minimized if you want Spotify to load at startup without taking up the full screen.
Once you’ve finished the above steps, Spotify shouldn’t launch automatically.
2. To Prevent Spotify from Launching Automatically, Use the Windows Task Manager
To easily control which programs launch when Windows boots, use the Task Manager. Here’s how to use Windows Task Manager to stop Spotify from launching automatically at app startup.
- To access Task Manager, right-click the Start button to reveal the Power User menu. The Task Manager app can also be accessed through the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- Click on Startup apps subheading.
- Select Spotify in the list, and click on it. Then, head up to the menu and click the Disable option.
When you’re done, the Task Manager app should show Spotify as “Disabled.” After that happens, the program won’t launch automatically. Later, if you want Spotify to be launched automatically, you can change its startup app status back to Enabled.
In addition to controlling which programs launch when the startup boots, Task Manager may be used to keep tabs on system resources, end-stuck programs, and more. If you want to learn more, look at our tutorial on getting the most out of Windows Task Manager.
3. Stop Spotify From Opening Automatically via the Windows Settings App
You can disable Windows’ automatic Spotify launch by accessing the app’s settings through the Settings app.
The Settings app in Windows is another option for managing startup programs. This approach may be helpful if you want to change the way numerous Windows applications launch at system startup.
- Using the device’s Settings menu, you can disable Spotify’s automatic startup:
- To open the Settings menu, click the cog icon from the Start menu.
- Choose the Apps menu option.
- Choose Initialization on the right.
A toggle switch can be turned off for Spotify by looking for it on the list and then clicking the toggle below.
How to Stop Spotify from launching on Windows startup
If Spotify has been automatically starting up on your Windows computer, you now know how to Stop Spotify. This should prevent the boot from hogging Windows’ resources and speed up the operating system’s app time.
Spotify isn’t the only software that can slow down your Windows PC’s startup process. Zoom, Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, and more programs can be disabled to shorten the boot process.