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How to Manage Startup & Login Items on Mac? Speed Up Your Mac

macbook-air-11-color-fixed.jpgMac is getting slow and slow as you keep using it. Many apps have been installed into your Mac OS X. Most of them will start running automatically after you boot your Mac. This will definitely drag your Mac slow. Today, we will guide you how to manage these startup and login items on your Mac. Some ways are pretty technical operations while they are really helpful. Let's get started.

How to Manage Startup & Login Items on Your Mac Manually?

The first one would be the easiest way as you can find it online easily. And for most users, they actually know where it is. Go to your System Preferences and choose Users & Groups. And choose to add or remove the startup items and logins as your wish.


However, the above way usually does little help for the optimization of startup. Some of the apps create the configuration file to make sure that it will reload once you reboot your Mac. For this kind of situation, you have to do more technical work to stop it from reloading.

           1. Right click Finder and Choose Go to Folder

2. Input ~/Library/LaunchAgents

3. All of the files ending with .plist are the startup configuration ones.

4. If you choose to disable it, input the command in terminal: launchctl unload ,then drag the .plist file behind and Enter the command.

5. If you choose to delete it, then open the .plist file and find the ProgramArguments path. Locate the file and delete it


One more situation we would like to mention, that is, the above action is for the user's folder. But some app creates its startup configuration file into the system folder. You should go to the system folder to do the same work as above. But remember, the system folder would be /Library/LaunchAgents/xxx.plist and /Library/LaunchDaemons/ xxx.plist. And the disable command would be: sudo launchctl unload xxx.plist. The rest operations are the same. You may check the following pictures for your reference.


So we have showed you the ways to manage your startup items on your Mac. Two more things we would like you to know, one is that the above actions might cause damage to your app. If you remove the startup file, the app might not be able to launch correctly. The other one is that some of the apps are really tricky. They are good at disguise. They might create their startup items neither in the user's folder nor the system folder. They will put the items somewhere it is hard to locate. We actually take these apps as malware for who knows what they are doing behind the scenes.

As you can see, managing the startup items on your Mac manually will take your much time and effort. If you are not a geek, we don't suggest you do this manually. Instead, we recommend you a professional Mac cleaning app to handle it for you easily. Published by IObit, world's top system utility and security software provider since 2004, MacBooster, as a one-stop Mac maintenance tool, is definitely your best choice. It provides you with real-time protection which will monitor your startup. Once there is a startup item, it will notify you to check and decide to keep, disable or remove. Here is how you can do it with MacBooster easily:


                 1: Download MacBooster 7 and open it

                 2: Go to the Startup Optimization module

                 3: Choose to disable the startup items

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MacBooster 7 lists all Login items on your Mac. You can tick the startup items you don't need, and then click the Disable button to disable them to be launched at Login. The Recommendation column gives you appropriate suggestions to manage the startup items based on our analysis of your Mac's performance and relevant data. What's more, you can also click the Add Item button to add your favorable items to run when your Mac starts up.

After you optimize your Mac startup items with MacBooster 7, you can surely enjoy a faster Mac experience. Most importantly, it saves your time and effort. Just try it now and check out how many startup and login items you have on your Mac.

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