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How to Stop Google Chrome from Opening on Startup: Step-by-step Guide


If you have used Mac long enough, you should know that some apps launch on startup automatically. This is convenient for programs used on a regular basis. That's why most people have nothing against Safari or Mail running in the background.

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However, an array of programs opening on startup all at once can significantly increase your Mac’s booting time. How do these apps even make it to the list of login items? Some of them are placed there by macOS; others set themselves to start automatically without asking for user’s permission.

Chrome Starts up Automatically? How It May Affect Mac Performance

Clearing up the login items list can help eliminate the unwanted applications that slow your Mac down. One of the apps that typically open at Mac’s login automatically is Google Chrome. However, if you prefer using other browsers, having Chrome in the apps startup list is not necessary. The detailed guide below will show you how to remove it from login items and stop wasting time waiting until your Mac boots all apps in the background.

Here's How to Disable the Automatic Login for Google Chrome

The obvious way to deal with the automatic launch of Google Chrome is to remove it from login items on your Mac. To access the list of login items:

  • 1. Go to Apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • 2. Access System Preferences -> go to Users & Groups section.
  • 3. In Users & Groups, click the Login items tab.

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Login items contain an array of all applications launched whenever your Mac starts up. Most elements on the list are easy to identify. However, not all of them are necessary or useful. It is possible to include or exclude the items that launch automatically on your Mac’s bootup from the list. To manage the directory of available applications, select the needed item and click the “+” (plus) or “-” (minus) buttons. Thus, to remove Google Chrome from login items, select it from the list and click the “-” (minus) button.

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Power user tip: Unticking the box placed to the left of the program’s name won't cancel its launch but will hide an application's window on login.

How to Disable Chrome Sign in the Dock?

Alternatively to the method described above, Mac users can enable or disable Chrome startup at login directly from the Dock. For this, do the following:

  • 1. Right-click the Chrome browser icon in the Dock.
  • 2. Select Options in the menu.
  • 3. Untick Open at Login to abort Chrome automatic launch.

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Also, in macOS Sierra, you can quit all applications when you restart, shut down, or log out on your Mac.

  • 1. Go to Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  • 2. Select Restart, Shut Down, or Log Out.
  • 3. Untick “Reopen windows when logging back in.

If Google Chrome app does not quit when you restart, shut down or log out, you can force-quit the browser:

  • 1. In Apple menu, choose Force Quit.
  • 2. Choose Google Chrome in the dialog that appears, then click Force Quit.

To sum it up, if your Mac’s login items section is overcrowded with unwanted apps, it is high time to do some cleaning. Google Chrome is one of the applications that can infiltrate into login items without asking your permission.

This increases your Mac’s boot time, which is quite annoying. If you do not use Chrome as your default web browser, you may want to delete it from login items via the System Preferences window or directly from the Dock by right-clicking its icon.

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