How to Stop Chrome from Opening on Startup Mac

To stop Chrome from opening on startup on your Mac, open the “System Settings”, find the “General” section, and click the “Login Items” button. Next, find the Google Chrome app icon and select the minus sign to remove it from the list.

I work as a content editor. Upon starting my Mac, Google Chrome would launch automatically. While having a web browser readily available can be helpful, I learned how to disable this feature.

In this post, I will show a step-by-step guide on how to stop Google Chrome from opening on startup on a Mac. Additionally, I would like to share a few tips that you may find helpful during the process.

Key Takeaways

  • If Google Chrome is opening automatically, it is likely because you have configured it in the System Settings to launch at startup.
  • You can check if the Chrome app icon is turned on in the Dock menu.
  • Before shutting down your computer, you can click the checkbox next to “Reopen windows when logging back in”.

5 Steps to Stop Chrome from Opening on Startup

Having several applications launch on startup can create clutter on your desktop. Follow the steps below to stop Chrome from launching every time you start up your computer.

Step 1. Open the System Settings

When modifying settings on a Mac, we typically begin by accessing the System Settings. You can locate System Settings by clicking on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2. Access the Login Items

In the Settings window, click the General tab and then select Login Items. Once you click it, you can see the Open at Login section.

Step 3. Remove Google Chrome

Click on Google Chrome and press the minus sign below to remove the web browser from the list of applications that open at login. Once it’s removed, Google Chrome will no longer launch when you start up your Mac.

Step 4. Uncheck the “Open at Login” Feature in the Dock Menu

You can find the Google Chrome app on the Dock menu. Right click the app, go to Options and click Open at Login to uncheck it. It’s turned off if you no longer see the check mark beside it.

Step 5. Turn Off “Reopen Windows When Logging Back In”

When you shut down your computer, you may get a pop-up message that says “Reopen Windows When Logging Back In”. Do not enable this option if you don’t want to reopen windows when you log back into your computer.

We have other articles related to how to disable other potential distractions on your Mac, including the startup sound and message notifications.


Here are the frequently asked questions about how to manage Google Chrome on a Mac.

Why Does Chrome Open When I Start My Mac?

If Google Chrome is enabled to open at login, it will automatically launch whenever you log in to your computer.

How to Exit Google Chrome on My Mac?

When Google Chrome is unresponsive, you may need to force quit. Click on the Apple icon and select Force Quit. Then select Google Chrome and click the Force Quit button.

Final Thoughts

It’s very easy to stop applications from launching during startup. Google Chrome can be configured to open at startup in a few different locations, but you can disable this feature by accessing the “open at login” settings in either the System Settings or Dock menu. By doing so, you can prevent the web browser from launching automatically.

I hope you found this article useful! Let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

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