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How to stop Discord from opening on startup?

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Discord is a rather popular VoIP app that first started as a communication app for gamers but has since evolved into a fully feature packed communication platform for just about anyone. 

The program even offers screen streaming, voice and video calls, group chats and public servers. Users can boost their favourite servers for $4.99 a month to enjoy additional features. 

Like many similar programs, once you install Discord, it is set up by default to launch itself alongside your OS. While this may be comfortable for many people, for a lot of others, it’s more of a hindrance. Having this setting enabled can impact boot times, and you’d have to relinquish some control over your PC.

In this article, we’re taking a look at two ways to stop Discord from opening on startup.

Also read: Teamspeak vs Discord: Which one should you use and why?


How to stop Discord from opening on startup using in-app settings?

Discord lets users disable the feature through its settings menu. Follow these steps.

Step 1; Open Discord and click on the settings icon in the bottom left.

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

Step 2: Head over to the Windows Settings tab.

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

Step 3: Toggle the Open Discord slider off.

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

Now the next time you start your PC, Discord will stay closed until you manually launch the program.

Also read: How to fix Discord Javascript error?


How to stop Discord from opening on startup using Task Manager?

Another rather enforced way of disabling just about any program on startup is using the Task Manager. Here’s how.

Step 1: Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager.

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

Step 2: Head over to the Startup tab. 

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

Step 3: Right-click on Discord and click Disable.

How to stop Discord from opening on startup? | Candid.Technology

This fetches the same result as the step above, except this time, you can be sure that nothing fishy will happen, and the program (Discord or otherwise) that you disabled will remain closed until you manually launch the program. 

Also read: How to fix the ‘Discord screen share black screen’ error?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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