Why Apps Start Automatically When You Boot Your Mac

A frequently asked question is why many apps will launch and windows will open when you start up your Mac. While many answer this question by pointing to Login Items, most people are asking this because they simply overlook a checkbox when shutting down or restarting their Mac.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Why Apps Start Automatically When You Boot Your Mac”

    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, I was told at the apple store when I got my first desktop iMac that shutting it down once/week (overnight) was a good idea. Not sure now if that was good advice. It was repeated over the years on apple support too...just curious. Thanks!

    3 years ago

    Kathy: Restart if you like, as long as you let it sleep instead of leaving it off. But unless you are having trouble it isn't needed.

    Russ Winkler
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary. My MBP is from late 2014 with Retina Display. I bought directly from Apple. My RAM is 16 GB's, but now it's operating somewhere between 2-8 GB's (according the Memory Diag app). If I have to may apps open it drops below 1 GB. Any ideas? Maybe I'll get a new MBP.😇

    3 years ago

    Russ: Not sure what you are referring to. In general, let your Mac worry about the memory situation and you worry about whatever it is you are actually doing.

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