How to Stop CleanMyMac X from Startup or Showing on Menu Bar

I have been using CleanMyMac X (see our review) for quite a while, and I like the app. It’s really simple to use, and it cleans many unneeded files that could take up gigabytes of disk space.

But one thing I don’t like that much is that it keeps showing up on my Mac menu bar every time I turn on my MacBook Pro.

Well, more specifically, I feel a little annoyed when those apps (or services) add themselves to the startup list. Don’t get me wrong though, CleanMyMac is a good app but I don’t need it every day.

If you are using CleanMyMac and you also want to disable the app on startup, or from showing up on the Mac menu bar, follow me!

Today, I’m going to show you how to do that in just a few clicks.

How to Remove CleanMyMac X on Startup

If CleanMyMac X has added itself (or you did this before) to the startup list, use this method to disable it from auto starting up. And not only can you disable CleanMyMac, but also many other apps or services that launch on startup.

Step 1: Click on the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen, and select System Preferences.

Step 2: Click Users & Groups to continue.

Step 3: Click on the Login Items option in the Users & Groups window.

Step 4: Highlight CleanMyMac and click the minus button.

That’s it! Now the app won’t auto start up when you turn on your Mac machine.

How to Remove CleanMyMac from Menu Bar

What is CleanMyMac Menu? Simply put, it’s like a mini dashboard of the CleanMyMac app.

According to MacPaw (the developer of the app), CleanMyMac Menu is designed to keep you up to date with what’s happening on your Mac and allow you to access all utilities of the full app.

Okay, now here’s how to disable it.

Step 1: click on the CleanMyMac Menu icon on your menu bar. Locate the gear icon at the bottom right corner. Click it and select Preferences.

Step 2: a new window pops up. Under the Menu tab, you’ll see an option called Enable CleanMyMac Menu. Make sure it’s unchecked. Now the Menu will disappear immediately.

Also, it won’t start when you restart your Mac next time.

That’s all that I want to share. Once again, I don’t like apps that automatically launch, but MacPaw makes it a breeze to disable the CleanMyMac X Menu.

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  • Carl

    Have to turn this app off or it disturbs the Migration Transfer from an 2013 iMac to a 2022 MacBookPro M1

  • David

    Even though I removed CleanMyMac X from login items, it steel keeps bugging me with notices like “It’s time to clean your Mac”.

    • Jerry Romero

      You should delete the app and its associated files.

  • Steve

    I am trying to stop CleanMy Mac X processes from starting on startup. The startup is getting really slow on MacBook Pro and the Activity Monitor shows it just hogs way too much of the processes. Can’t find in their preferences. Not showing under Mac preferences/groups/…etc…

    I like that it cleans about 1 Gig every time I run it, but I want it to not load anything until I ask the applications to run. Been all over fairly deep into files and can’t find a way to do this.

    Is there a way that works or is it impossible?

    If it is impossible, is there a way to find and delete the 1+gig excess files it finds every time via Appple menu/processes…I am running out of storage…

    • Jerry Romero

      CleanMyMac has a feature called Large & Old Files (located on the left panel), it might help you quickly locate those big files that “perhaps” are safe to delete. To clean up your startup items, you may also go to Speed > Optimizations, look for Lauch Agents, might surprise you how many services/apps are running sneakily in the background. Good luck!

  • Frank Rodrick

    Thanks! I was frustrated after removing it from the Login Items and then having it *still* pop up with some annoying alert. Never knew about the built-in preferences menu.