How to Stop Spotify’s Automatic Startup on Windows 10

A green Spotify logo on a black background.Spotify

By default, Spotify starts automatically every time you log into your Windows 10 PC. If you don’t want it to run in the background and slow down your startup process, you can turn off Spotify’s autostart feature.

Tell Spotify not to start automatically

To find this option, open the Spotify app. You can launch it from the Start menu or double click on the green Spotify icon in your notification area (system tray) if it is already running.

In the upper left corner of the Spotify window, click menu (…)> Edit> Preferences.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click the “Show advanced settings” button. “

Open Spotify advanced settings.

Look for the option “Startup and Window Behavior” – you may need to scroll up a bit.

To the right of “Open Spotify Automatically After Logging Into Computer,” click the drop-down list and select “No”.

You can now exit the Settings page. Spotify does not start automatically when you log in.

Disable automatic start of Spotify on Windows.

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Disable Spotify Startup Task Through Task Manager

If you’d rather not dig into Spotify settings, you can also turn off Spotify’s autostart behavior through Windows Task Manager. The task manager has a built-in start tab which allows you to control which programs start with your PC.

AT launch the task manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on the Windows taskbar and select “Task Manager”.

The Task Manager option in the context menu of the taskbar.

Click on the “Startup” tab. If you don’t see it, click “More Details” at the bottom of the window.

Locate the “Spotify” item in the list. Right-click on it and click “Disable”.

Spotify’s auto-start state, as shown in the “Status” column here, will now be “Disabled”. It will no longer launch at startup.

Deactivate Spotify in the task manager.

Feel free to disable any other autostart program you want in the same way. Keep in mind that programs will not be able to perform their background tasks if you do this. For example, if you turn off Microsoft OneDrive on the Start tab, it won’t automatically sync your files after you sign in until you manually launch OneDrive.

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