How to Stop/Remove Startup Programs on Mac Login Items

stop apps from opening on startup Mac

If you are a MacBook user, you may face this issue. Several apps will automatically launch when you're logging into your Mac system. This will make your system slow down.

You can easily stop apps from opening on startup on Mac using the simple method or you can control startup items with 3rd part app like Delay start (free) if you want.

How to Manually Disable Mac Startup Items/Scripts?

Method 1: Remove startup programs in System Preferences (Easy way)

  1. Go to Apple Menu -> System Settings.
  2. In System Settings, search for Login Items.
mac login items


You can open Login Items options using,

  • In MacOS Ventura or the latest MacOS: System Settings -> General -> Login Items.
  • In older Mac OS versions: System Preferences -> Users & Groups -> Login Items.

Here you can find all items (apps) that were selected to launch at startup. First, select the programs you want to remove, and click minus (-) button.

Method 2: Remove starup programs from all user accounts (manually)

Press  Command + Shift + G to open new finder window and type the following path.

Mac library startup items

Move all the files from the Startupitems folder to another location like Desktop. Then restart your mac to apply changes.

How to prevent apps adding themselves to login items

If the startup program is set to load for all accounts, you can manually remove the app using the following method.

Navigate to ~/Library/Preferences/ and open file Get Info window.Simply check locked option. Now new apps no longer able to add themselves in startup items list with out your permission.

Apple login items plist

That's all.

If you have any other doubts or solutions, do let us via comment.

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1 thought on “How to Stop/Remove Startup Programs on Mac Login Items”

  1. I had an app, that couldn't stop from running at startup. I switched it off in system preferences, but it didn't help. I've solved the issue by deleting its login item completely via a free utility App Cleaner.

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