How To Stop Discord From Opening On Startup?

Discord is a message application that allows users to talk to their friends and families via chats. Initially, Discord was developed to chat while playing games and now, it has got so popular that people use it in many different ways, for even holding discussions on distinct topics with like-minded people. A lot of applications like Discord come with a self-launch feature that enables this software to open when the desktop restarts. However, it is a useful feature for those who use this application often but for the users who don’t use it regularly, this can get annoying. In this article, we are going to provide you a solution for how to stop Discord from opening on startup. 

How To Stop Discord From Opening On Startup in Windows?

Well, there are 2 methods of stopping discord from opening on startup, one is where you will have to use the Discord settings and another is by using Task Manager. Both of these processes are easy to do and anyone with zero technical knowledge can do it. So first off, we will tell you how you can restrict Discord from opening using the Discord settings: 

1. Discord Settings

There are chances that you must not be aware but there’s an option in Discord for self-launch that enables Discord to open on startup but disabling the same option can do the trick. However, you must remember that this feature can be used in the Discord application on Windows and not on Mac, so here are the steps to do so: 

  1. First of all, open the Discord application on your desktop. 
  2. Then, you have to click on the User Settings icon, it’s a cog wheel-shaped icon located on the bottom left corner of the Discord screen. 
  3. You will see a long of options under User Settings on the left side of the screen, click on the “Windows Settings” option as shown in the image below.
  4. And then, you have to disable the “Open Discord” toggle present under the System Startup Behavior section. And that’s it you are all set, the Discord will not open automatically on startup now. 

2. Using Task Manager 

Now, another method is to use Windows Task Manager, which is a function that can be used by Windows users to stop any program from running on startup. So, let’s go through this method step by step to know how to stop Discord from opening on startup: 

  1. Open the Task Manager on your PC/laptop, you can open the task manager by using the command ‘ctrl+shift+esc’.
  2. On opening Task manager, you will see a few tabs, click on the ‘Startup tab’, this tab will show you the list of all the apps that launch when the system reboots.
  3. Then, you have to find and select the “Discord” application, and then, you have to right-click on it and select the ‘Disable’ option.

Once disabled, the Discord application will run only when launched manually, so it’s a very helpful method indeed and you must try it! 

How To Stop Discord From Opening On Startup In MacOS? 

We have already provided you with elaborated ways to stop Discord on Windows but there are not many articles, where you can find the same solution for macOS and therefore, we are going to provide one for it as well. It is a very simple process, just follow it step-by-step as provided:  

  1. Click on the Apple logo which is located on the top-left corner of your Mac screen. Then, click on the ‘System Preferences’ option.
  2. Then, under the System Preferences window, you have to click on the “Users & Groups” option.
  3. Now, another window will open up with the current account that you are using on your Mac showing on the left side of the window. Just click on it and then, you have to click on the “Login Items” tab.
  4. This tab will show you the list of all the programs that open automatically when you log in, you will see Discord will be on the list as well. Simply left-click on Discord and then, click on the minus sign available at the bottom to disable it and that is it.  


I hope this article helped you in understanding how one can stop Discord from opening on Startup. We have provided you with a complete process and detailed step-by-step guide that can help you in accomplishing the same. We have provided you the process for both Windows and macOS. We hope you liked reading this article and if there are any other queries then, you can let us know in the comments below. 

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