How to Stop Discord from Opening on Startup

How to Stop Discord from Opening on Startup on Windows

Discord is a group communication platform that allows users to communicate via text, audio, and video chat. Discord launches automatically on system startup and searches for updates by default. However, if you want to stop Discord from automatically opening, see the instructions below.

Stop Discord from Opening on Startup

Why Does Discord Open on Startup?

Discord adds an update component to the startup folder during installation, and it’s set to launch Discord on Windows startup. Apart from that, Discord’s desktop client is configured to launch on Windows startup to provide instant access to Discord when you need it.

Depending on your Internet speed and other factors, updating Discord can take a minute or two. But if you don’t want to see the update window each time you boot up Windows or simply don’t use Discord that often, you can disable Discord’s automatic startup by following the instructions below.

Video Guide on How to Stop Discord from Opening on Startup

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Method 1. Stop Discord from Opening on Startup in App Settings

Discord is configured to launch automatically once your operating system boots up. If you don’t want it to start, follow the instructions below on how to disable automatic startup.

Open Discord's User Settings

1. Open Discord and click User Settings (gear icon) in the lower-left corner of Discord’s window.

Select Windows Settings and toggle off Discord autostart

2. In the left pane, scroll down and click Windows Settings.

3. Toggle off the slider next to Open Discord in the Windows Settings panel.

4. Close the User Settings window.

You will have to manually launch Discord from now on. If you want to re-enable automatic startup at a later date - go to Windows Settings and toggle on the Open Discord Toggle.

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Method 2. Disable Discord Autostart in Windows Task Manager

Discord’s update component is configured to launch on system startup. So you can prevent Discord from opening on startup by disabling Discord’s Update component in Windows Startup apps.

1. Hold down Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys to open Task Manager.

Select the Startup tab and disable Discord autostart

2. In the Task Manager window, select the Startup section.

3. In the Startup section, find an application named Update, which you can identify by the Discord icon.

4. Right-click Update and click Disable.

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