Mac is for people who want exceptional performance and a clutter-free working desktop environment. But few apps such as browsers tend to autorun while a user starts their Mac. This problem of browsers launching at startup in Mac is troubling many users as not all the time a user would like to open a browser whenever he/she turns on the computer.
This problem is especially seen with mac browsers such as Citiro browsers, Dolphin browsers and so on which automatically change the system settings.
I have faced similar issues where the Chrome browser was launching at startup even when I don’t need it. Mac is supposed to be a productive workstation, and if apps keep on opening by themselves, it would be clutter and not to mention mental stress.
So here is how you can easily stop browsers launching at startup on Mac —
Remove Browser from Login Items
The auto-launch settings in Mac decide whether an app will launch at startup or not. Sometimes these apps can be useful if they fulfill a specific purpose, such as opening a VPN service or setting up development software. But in none of the scenarios, you would need to have a browser app in the auto-launch settings.
Here are steps to stop browsers launching at Startup in Mac:
- Launch System Preference… from the at top.
- Select Users & Groups from the System Preference window.
- Choose your admin account and switch to the Login Items tab.
This will the list of apps that will start automatically as soon as you log in to your Mac.
- Select Chrome or any browser from the Items list.
- Click on the
sign to remove.
This will remove chrome or any selected app from the login app. Hence, the app won’t launch at the system startup.
In case you want to add it again, you can use theand select browser or any app from Applications to add into Login Items.
Stop Browser to Open at Login
If the above method sounds complicated, then there is one more method by which you can disable Chrome at startup via the floating Dock.
Here are the steps to stop the browser open at login:
- Right-click on the browser icon within docker.
- Hover on the Options menu for more options.
- Click on
the Open at Login option.
After making any changes in these settings, make sure to restart your Mac. Now the chosen web browser will not launch at the system startup.
Bottom Line: Stop Browser at Startup
Clearing up the auto-start list of programs will effectively stop browsers from launching from the startup. If you don’t find such an option, you can also try to look for app options and try disabling them from the floating dock. I do recommend using both methods to stop the browser at startup at login and make the best out of it.
In the case of old versions of Mac OS, you have to remove the browser from the auto start apps list. You can lookup for auto-start apps in spotlight search within Mac OS.
Personally, I do not allow any apps to launch unless it’s really useful. Like the VPN, or cloud storage sync apps. Having said that, if you always need the browser to run, then it makes sense to keep the app running immediately after login.
Let us know what you think about the feature to stop the browser at the startup? It’s it useful to avoid unnecessary system load?
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