After installing skype it will always start whenever I login. I'd rather it didn't do that.

How do I stop Skype from automatically starting?


Since an image is worth a thousand words (make sure the options isn't checked):

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    This does not disable auto-launch in the current version of Skype (v8.51). – Abhi Beckert Sep 16 '19 at 0:37

Alternate Method (for Snow Leopard and possibly * Lion):

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select "Accounts"
  3. Select your user account
  4. Select "Login Items" at the top
  5. Remove "Skype"


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For Skype for Business on Mac OS Catalina:

  1. Right click Skype icon in dock, click Options, ensure "Open at Login" is not selected
  2. Right click Skype icon in dock, select "Quit"
  3. System Preferences
  4. Users & Groups
  5. Select user in left pane
  6. Click "Login Items" button in right pane
  7. Select "Skype for Business" from list and click minus button at bottom of pane
  8. Repeat previous step if more than one "Skype for Business" is in the list
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  1. Right-click on the skype icon in the dock
  2. Move the mouse to "options"
  3. Ensure that the option "Open at Login" does not have a checkmark next to it.
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Right click the Skype icon in your dock and then, under "Options", untick "Open at Login".

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