How to Stop Discord from Opening on Startup

Discord is one of those apps that automatically startup by default when you switch on your PC. While this is convenient for game streamers and serious gamers, casual Discord users are likely to find it annoying. Furthermore, opening Discord during startup takes up system resources, which in turn increases the boot time. If you don’t want to see Discord right after you switch on your PC, here’s how to stop Discord from opening on startup.

Disable Discord on Startup (2022)

There are two methods to disable Discord on startup. You can either use Discord’s in-app settings or utilize Windows Task Manager to remove Discord from startup items. We have added instructions for both of these methods, so feel free to pick the method you’re comfortable with. With that said, let’s get right into it.

Stop Discord Startup from App Settings (Windows & Mac)

1. Open Discord and click on the Settings gear icon at the bottom-left corner of the screen to open the Settings page.

open discord settings sheet

2. From the left sidebar, choose “Windows Settings” to access OS-specific Discord settings.

discord windows settings

3. Disable the “Open Discord” toggle and you’re all set. Discord will no longer automatically start when you switch on your PC. Meanwhile, you can also choose to start Discord in the background with the “Start Minimized” toggle.

disable open discord toggle

Stop Discord Startup from Task Manager (Windows)

1. Open Task Manager using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl+Shift+Esc’ and switch to the “Startup apps” tab.

startup apps on task manager

2. Look for Discord in the list of startup apps and click on the “Disable” button present at the top-right corner of the screen.

disable discord from startup apps

3. If you change your mind and want to start Discord alongside your system startup, you can always come back to Task Manager and click on the “Enable” button.

enable discord from startup apps

Disable Discord on Auto-Startup from Mac Settings

1. Click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your Mac and choose “System Preferences”.

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2. From the System Preferences, click on “Users & Groups” to access your account settings.

users and login items - mac

3. You should now pick your user account from the “Current user” section and switch to the “Login Items” tab.

login items - mac - discord

4. Locate Discord from the list of startup items, select it, and click on the minus button at the bottom to stop Discord from opening on startup. Discord will no longer autostart when you switch on your Mac.

stop discord autostartup on mac

Remove Discord from Startup Apps on Windows & Mac

Removing Discord from startup apps should help reduce the system load when you switch on your PC. While you’re disabling Discord from the startup, we would also recommend turning off common offenders such as Steam and Spotify from the startup to speed up the boot experience. If you want to go a step ahead, feel free to go through our guides on speeding up Windows 11 and debloating Windows 11 to improve performance.

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  • Why do you want my name?! says:

    It’s disabled in the app setting, and it’s not even listed in the start up programs yet it keeps launching on startup…

  • Tim Turner says:

    I’ve tried all suggestions I can find, nothing works in windows 10. Discord is not even listed there. I’m uninstalling.

    • Brad Alan says:

      That’s because you cannot prevent discord from starting in windows 10 or 11 at startup. It’s impossible. I deleted the app altogether it’s too invasive and problematic.

  • Hamburg says:

    Thank you. I was close to just uninstall Discord.

  • Kimberly says:

    Same issue. Discord is shut off via task manager, and the system settings are turned off in the program. However, Discord still starts up on boot up. It immediately shuts itself off, sure, but… it’s STILL starting up.

  • Stve says:

    Thanks for the instructions but they are out of date. Windows setting are no longer listed in the user settings under apps. There appears no way to disable Discord to open at stratup, at least i couldn’t find it. Also, it was NOT listed in the Task Manager even though it opens when I boot my PC. I am deleteing the app for obvious reasons. Thanks again for you help.

    • Brad Alan says:

      It’s on task manager but it won’t matter.

  • Phoebe Pron says:

    Thank you! It was helpful.

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