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This article was published on March 29, 2021


How to prevent unwanted Mac apps from launching at startup

How to prevent unwanted Mac apps from launching at startup
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Every time I restart my Mac, some apps that I rarely use launch automatically, and I have to wait for a bit longer to get started with whatever I wanted to do.

So, I decided to kick those apps out of the startup process to speed things up. Here’s how you can do it tpp:

  • Open System Preferences on your Mac. You can do this through Finder (Cmd + Space) or by clicking on the Apple logo on the menu bar and selecting the System Preferences option.
  • Go to Users and Groups > Login items.
  • You can remove unwanted apps by selecting them and clicking on the “— ” icon.
  • If you want an app to start upon login but not show up on the screen, you can check the hide box against it.
Changing startup apps on Mac

After making these changes, the next time your restart your system, those apps won’t show up. That means you can start doing the stuff that you want to do in a shorter time.

While you’re at it, you might want to check our guide for setting up a shutdown timer for your Mac.