Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
12 minutes to read

You’ve probably noticed that when you restart your Mac, some applications launch automatically. This is convenient if they are the most commonly used programs, such as dropbox or google drive, and work in the background. However, some applications are not needed to run automatically and can be a nuisance. Moreover, the growing list of autorun apps can increase the load time of your Mac. It may also happen that even after the app has been removed from the login items list, it still runs automatically.

Users frequently ask how to stop Google Chrome, in particular, from automatically opening at login. We have the simplest solution to this problem. In this article we will describe three ways to change Mac startup items and disable the Chrome browser from being launched uninvited.

Way 1

To take control of startup apps, first you need to open System Preferences from the Apple menu. Then go to the Users & Groups section.  System Preferences window with Users & Groups section highlighted

In the opened menu switch to the Login items tab. Here you can change the items that open automatically when
you log in. As you probably have already guessed, to manage the program list you should click the
“+” or “-” buttons. Select Google Chrome and click the minus button. Login items tab in System Preferences with minus button highlighted

Note, it is not necessary to remove the program from the list. If you simply do not want the window to be displayed at boot time, you can hide it without having to cancel the launch of the program itself. Just check or uncheck the box to the left of the app’s name.

Way 2

You can easily add in a new application directly from the Dock. Make a right click on the Chrome browser icon → select Options → uncheck Open at Login.

Dock panel - Chrome icon - highlighted option Open at login

Way 3

As we have mentioned before, it is possible that even after you try to disable Chrome or another application from automatically launching, it still opens every time you turn on your Mac. Another situation is when you don’t see your app’s icon in the User & Groups section of Preferences, so you don’t know how to remove it. In this case  App Cleaner & Uninstaller is here to help you. The application is free to download and allows you to easily change your login items and even remove them.

  1. Download the App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Launch the application → go to Startup Programs tab → Login Items.

Here you can preview all the login items installed on your Mac. Use the Remove button next to each app to disable it.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller - startup programs tab - disable chrome login items

Please note, the removal of extensions might have a significant impact on your system. Make sure you understand what you are doing and how it can impact the system.

The advantage of using App Cleaner & Uninstaller is that you can see the list of all login items and easily switch them off right from the app. It is convenient to use the application as Launch Agent manager. Moreover, it shows all types of system extensions: launch agents, macOS installations, iOS installations, login items,  screen savers, widgets, internet plugins and preference panes

That’s all! The next time you turn on your Mac, Chrome browser will not disturb you.

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