How to Stop Discord Opening at Startup on Mac

May 7, 2022 - 2 Comments

Discord icon

If you’re a Discord user, you may have noticed that the Discord app starts automatically when you startup the Mac. Some Mac users may prefer that Discord does not launch itself on system boot, and thus may want to stop this from happening.

For the unfamiliar, Discord is a popular app for communicating, whether through voice calls, video chat, messages, group chat, communities, and much more through Discord servers. While it’s commonly used by gamers for streaming and communicating while playing, it’s also widely used by many other online communities.

How to Stop Discord Launching Automatically on Mac Startup

Here’s how you can stop Discord from opening itself automatically when the Mac starts up.

  1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences”
  2. Select “Users & Groups”
  3. Choose your user name from the left side list
  4. Click the “Login Items” tab
  5. Select “Discord” from the list of apps shown under Login Items
  6. Click the [-] minus button with Discord selected to remove it from Login Items and prevent it from launching automatically on boot
  7. Stop Discord opening on Mac startup

The next time you start up, restart, or boot the Mac, Discord will no longer automatically launch.

If you removed Discord from starting up automatically and want to add it back to the Login Items for apps to start at MacOS startup, you can do that by simply dragging the app icon into the Login Items in System Prefs.

While you’re in Login Items, you can add or remove anything else you want opening or not launching as well.

Keep in mind this only impacts the specific user account selected, so if the Mac has multiple user accounts and Discord is used by each of them, you may need to repeat this process on each user account.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. This seems like an ordinary use of the tool, which is fine. But how about those apps that simply refuse to listen, or reinsert themselves into this list every time like Loom or Google Drive? Any tips on how to go “under the hood” and shut them out for good? (I’m perfectly capable of launching an app when I need it, thanks.)

    • JohnB says:

      Open your Mac’s hard drive, navigate to “Library”, and check out LaunchAgents, LaunchDaemons and StartupItems folders.
      Go back to the hard drive, open “System”/”Library”, and check out the StartupItem folder.
      Go back to the hard drive, open “Users” and your folder/”Library”, and check out: the LaunchAgents folder.
      Be careful what you want to remove.
      The system will ask for your password to remove items.

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