Spotify Too Slow On Mac

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You might have noticed that some apps open and run automatically whenever you start your Windows PC or Mac. The behavior makes sense for apps from cloud storage services like OneDrive and Google Drive — you might want to keep all the files in sync with other platforms. However, other apps like Chrome, Spotify, Edge browser, etc., enable the 'Login/launch at startup' option by default, and mostly end up consuming resources at startup. Thankfully, there's a way to stop Spotify from opening at startup in macOS and Windows.

Try to disable Hardware Acceleration, just click on the Spotify Menu in the Menu Bar next to the Apple Menu, find Hardware Acceleration and next click on it to disable then confirm to restart Spotify. Also, if you don't use local files try to disable them inside Settings.

If you love music, then you probably won't mind it. However, it's odd that Spotify would want launch immediately after the OS boots — it's not a critical system app after all. The practice of forcing people to let an app launch at startup doesn’t make sense. Also, that behavior is active by default whenever you install the Spotify app.

In this post, we will guide you through several ways to disable Spotify's automatic startup on Windows and Mac. Let’s first talk about the common method that works on both Windows and macOS.

1. Use Startup and Windows Behavior Option (Windows and Mac)

Spotify offers the ability to change the 'launch at startup' function from the app settings. The app is almost identical on both Windows and Mac. You can follow the steps below to access the option and change it.

Step 1: Open the Spotify app on Mac or Windows.

Step 2: You can select the drop-down beside the profile icon and go to Settings. Alternatively, you can also use Command +, keyboard shortcut on Mac to open Spotify Settings.

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom and select Show Advanced Settings.

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Step 4: The option will open several other Spotify options.

Step 5: Navigate to the 'Startup and Window Behavior' heading. You will find the ‘Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer’ option. Click on the drop-down and change the behavior to No.

After that, Spotify won't load by itself whenever you start your computer. Spotify's Windows app also offers an option to minimize or close the app when you hit the close button. You can change that too if you like.

If Spotify still opens at startup on Mac, then check the next solution.

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2. Disable Open at Login From the Apps Dock on Mac

Apple allows you to access several options such as Quit, Force Quit, Show All Windows, keep in dock, etc., from the app icon on the dock. You can click on the app icon using a two-finger click or the right-click on the app icon (If you are using a mouse).

From the small floating menu, navigate to Options and disable/uncheck Open at Login.

3. Disable Spotify From Users & Groups (Mac)

Apple allows you to hide apps from opening automatically on startup. Here are the steps to hide them by using the Settings menu.

Step 1: Tap on the Apple icon at the upper left corner in the menu bar and go to System Preferences. Alternatively, you can use the Command + Space keys and search for System Preferences in it.

Step 2: From the System Preferences, navigate to Users & Groups. Click on the Login Items tab on the right pane.

Step 3: There, you will see the list of apps that open automatically when you log in. To make changes, you'll have to click on the Lock icon at the bottom-left corner and enter your admin password to proceed.

Step 4: If you find Spotify on the list then select the checkbox under the Hide menu to hide it. To remove it, select the ‘-‘ button at the bottom.

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4. Disable Spotify at Startup on Windows

When you sign into your Windows account after the OS boots, the system loads some services in the background. You can disable them from the Windows Startup menu. Follow the steps below to remove Spotify from the startup on Windows.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for the Run menu. Alternatively, you can use the Windows + R keyboard shortcuts and access the Run menu.

Step 2: Type shell:startup and it will open the window which shows the services that run during the Windows startup.

Step 3: If you see Spotify listed there, then right-click on it and select delete from the contextual menu.

5. Disable Spotify Startup From the Task Manager on Windows

Step 1: Select the Windows button and search for Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Windows button and select Task Manager from the menu that opens up.

Step 2: The Task Manager window shows several tabs — Processes, Performance, App History, Startup, Users, Details, and Services.

Step 3: Click on the Startup tab and search for Spotify from the list of apps.

Step 4: Right-click on it and select disable from the floating menu.

That should prevent Spotify from launching automatically whenever you boot Windows.

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Remove Spotify From Startup

When apps pop open at startup randomly, it can slow down the loading process. That might make sense for certain apps, but not for music streaming apps like Spotify. Use the steps above to disable Spotify's automatic startup whenever you boot your Mac and Windows PC.

Next up:YouTube Music is also gaining support from users. Is it worth trying? Refer the comparison post below to learn in detail about YouTube Music and Spotify.


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You should try each, one at a time, then test to see if the problem is fixed before going on to the next.


Be sure to back up your files before proceeding if possible.


  1. Shutdown the computer, wait 30 seconds, restart the computer.
  2. Disconnect all third-party peripherals.
  3. Reset your Startup Disk and Sound preferences.
  4. Start the computer in Safe Mode. Test in safe mode to see if the problem persists, then restart normally. Also, see Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac - Apple Support and Playing Safe- what does Safe mode do?.
  5. Use the Apple Hardware Test to see if there is any hardware malfunction. How to invoke and interpret the Apple hardware tests - CNET.
  6. Repair the disk by booting from the Recovery HD. Immediately after the chime hold down the Command and Rkeys until the Utility Menu appears. Choose Disk Utility and click on the Continue button. Select the indented (usually, Macintosh HD) volume entry from the side list. Click on the First Aid button in the toolbar. Wait for the Done button to appear. Quit Disk Utility and return to the Utility Menu. Restart the computer from the Apple Menu.
  7. Repair permissions on the Home folder: Resolve issues caused by changing the permissions of items in your home folder.
  8. Create a New User Account Open Users & Groups preferences. Click on the lock icon and enter your Admin password when prompted. On the left under Current User click on the Add [+] button under Login Options. Setup a new Admin user account. Upon completion log out of your current account then log into the new account. If your problems cease, then consider switching to the new account and transferring your files to it - Transferring files from one User Account to another.
  9. Download and install the OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 Combo Update or 10.12.6 Combo Update or Download macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Combo Update or Download macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Update as needed.
  10. Reinstall OS X by booting from the Recovery HD using the Command and R keys. When the Utility Menu appears select Reinstall OS X then click on the Continue button.
  11. Erase and Install OS X Restart the computer. Immediately after the chime hold down the CommandandRkeys until the Apple logo appears. When the Utility Menu appears:

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  1. Select Disk Utility from the Utility Menu and click on Continue button.
  2. When Disk Utility loads select the drive (out-dented entry) from the Device list.
  3. Click on the Erase icon in Disk Utility's toolbar. A panel will drop down.
  4. Set the Format type to APFS (for SSDs only) or Mac OS Extended (Journaled.)
  5. Click on the Apply button, then wait for the Done button to activate and click on it.
  6. Quit Disk Utility and return to the Utility Menu.
  7. Select Reinstall OS X and click on the Continue button.

14. If none of the above helps then see How to Downgrade macOS High Sierra and macOS Reversion- How to Downgrade from High Sierra.

15. If you get here without success then make an appointment at the Apple Genius Bar for service. If you need to find an Apple Store - Find a Store - Apple.

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