By default, Spotify starts automatically every time you log in to your Windows 10 computer. If you do not want it to run in the background and slow down your boot process, you can disable Spotify’s auto-start feature.
Ask Spotify not to start automatically
To find this option, open the Spotify app. You can launch it from the Start menu or double-click the green Spotify icon in your notification area (system tray) if it’s already running.
Click menu (…) at the top left of the Spotify window> Edit> Preferences.
Look for the “Start and window behavior” option – you may need to scroll up.
To the right of “Open Spotify automatically after logging in to your computer”, click on the drop-down menu and select “No”.
You can now leave the Settings page. Spotify does not start automatically when you log in.
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Disable Spotify’s startup task via Task Manager
If you’d rather not dig into Spotify’s settings, you can also cut off Spotify’s autostart behavior via Windows Task Manager. The Task Manager has a built-in start tab that lets you control which programs start with your computer.
To start the Task Manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on the Windows Taskbar and select “Task Manager.”
Click on the “Startup” tab. If you do not see it, click on “More information” at the bottom of the window.
Locate the “Spotify” object in the list. Right-click on it and click “Disable”.
Spotify’s autostart status, displayed in the “Status” column here, will now be “Disabled.” It no longer starts at start-up.
Feel free to disable any other autostart program you want in the same way. Keep in mind that applications will not be able to perform their background tasks if you do, for example, if you disable Microsoft OneDrive on the Startup tab, they will not automatically sync your files after you sign in until you manually start OneDrive.
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