This post shows students and new users the steps to prevent Spotify from starting automatically every time you log into Windows 11. By design, Spotify will automatically start every time you log into Windows. If you don’t want it to run in the background and slow down the Windows startup process, you can disable its autostart feature.

This post assumes that Spotify is already installed on your system. If you haven’t installed Spotify, use the link below to download and install it.

Windows Download – Spotify

Once downloaded, find and open your Downloads folder and run the executable.

Now that Spotify is installed and you can log in, follow the steps below to disable automatic startup every time Windows starts.

How to disable Spotify autostart with Windows

As mentioned above, the default behavior of Spotify is to start every time Windows is started. You can avoid this by using the following methods.

To do that, launch Spotify from the Start menu or double-click the green Spotify icon on the taskbar or on your desktop.

Once open, in the upper left corner of the Spotify window, click Menu (…)> Edit > preferences.

disable Spotify startup in Windows 11

About him preferences panel, scroll down to the bottom of the Settings page and click the Show advanced configuration button.

Spotify shows advanced settings

In the Advanced Settings panel, under Windows Startup and Behavior, use the drop-down option for «Open Spotify automatically after logging in to the computer»And choose No.

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Spotify without windows 11 autostart

Now you can close the configuration panel. Spotify won’t start automatically every time you log into Windows again.

How to prevent Spotify from starting via Task Manager

You can also disable Spotify from starting with Windows using Task Manager.

With Spotify installed, click the Start button, then find Task Manager. Under Best Match, click the Task Manager app.

search task manager in windows 11

Click on the Start up tab. If you don’t see any tabs, click More details first.

windows 11 task manager more details

Then find Spotify from the list, right-click and select Deactivate. Windows will no longer automatically open Spotify when you log in.

disable spotify windows 11 task manager

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to prevent Spotify from starting automatically in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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