Stop Skype from Starting Automatically on a Mac
I recently discovered that the new version of Skype launches itself automatically on either user login or system boot. Annoying. Here’s how to disable Skype from launching automatically the next time you start up your Mac:
Stop Skype from automatically starting by using the Dock
This is the easiest method to prevent Skype from autolaunching:
- Wait for Skype to Launch
- Right-Click on the Skype icon in the Dock
- Scroll up to ‘Options’ and uncheck ‘Open at Login’
- Quit Skype
Now the next time you login or boot up your Mac you shouldn’t see Skype launching.
You can also manage login items through the System Preferences and achieve the same result:
- Launch System Preferences
- Click on ‘Accounts’
- Click on your user account
- Click on ‘Login Items’
- Select Skype and click the – icon at the bottom of the preference screen
- Close System Preferences
I think it’s easiest to just disable the login items through the Dock icons, it’s less steps and a lot faster.
Unrelated to Skype but related to application autolaunching, check out a complete guide to Mac startup application launches and login scripts if you’re interested.