How to Stop Steam from Opening on Startup Mac

Are you tired of Steam opening every time you start up your Mac? You can stop Steam from opening on startup on a Mac by adjusting the settings within the Steam application, or by removing Steam from “Login Items” under “System Preferences” on your Mac.

Hi! I’m Nancy, and I’m an Apple enthusiast, and I’ve been using Mac computers since 2015. Sometimes, when you start up your Mac, certain apps might automatically open. While this can be helpful, it can also result in performance issues and slow down your computer. 

In this post, I will provide you with a detailed guide on how to prevent Steam from launching automatically on your Mac computer.

Let’s get started!

Why Does Steam Open Automatically on Mac?

Steam may open automatically on a Mac if it is set to launch when your computer starts up. This comes in handy if you are a hardcore gamer because it saves you time and effort. 

You can access your Steam games without having to open the app manually every time you want to play. 

Plus, it automatically downloads and installs updates for your games, so you can play your favorite games without any delays or interruptions.

How Do I Stop Steam from Opening on Startup on Mac?

Steam is a popular gaming platform, but sometimes it can become a distraction if it opens automatically on startup. Here are two ways to stop Steam from opening on startup on a Mac.

Method #1: Change the Settings in the Steam App

One way to prevent Steam from opening on startup is through the Steam application settings. 

To begin, launch the Steam app and in the top menu, click on Steam and then select Settings. The settings window will open up and on the sidebar menu, click on the Interface tab. 

From there, you can uncheck the “Run Steam When My Computer Starts” box, and then press the OK button to save the changes.  

Method #2: Remove Steam from Login Items 

First, click on the Apple icon and select System Preferences. Next, click on the Users & Groups icon, and from here you will see the list of applications that will open automatically when you login. 

Click on the Lock icon at the bottom left corner and this will prompt you to enter your System Preferences password.

Once you have done so, click on the Login Items tab at the top of the window. Next, press the Steam app in the list and then click the minus sign at the bottom of the window to remove it from the list.

Now that the Steam app is removed from the list, it will no longer start automatically when you turn on your Mac.

How Do I Completely Shut Down Steam on Mac?

To completely shut down Steam on a Mac, you have a few options. 

Firstly, within the Steam app, click on the Steam button in the top menu and choose Exit. Another way is to right-click the Steam icon in the dock menu at the bottom of the screen and select Quit

Alternatively, you can press the keyboard shortcut “Command + Option + Esc” to open the “Force Quit Applications” window. From there, select Steam in the list and click the Force Quit button to completely shut down Steam.

Final Thoughts

Overall, there are different methods available to prevent Steam from launching automatically on your Mac. Whether you choose to adjust the settings within the Steam application or remove it from your Login Items, the process is straightforward and allows you to take control of your startup experience. 

By making these adjustments, you can optimize your computer’s performance and avoid potential conflicts with other apps.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any more questions about using Steam on your Mac.

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