Delay Start: Delay Apps From Starting At Boot [Mac]

Justin Pot 20-03-2013

Does your Mac take too long to start up? Part of the problem might be the sheer number of apps you have set to start at boot. Having apps start at boot is useful, but sometimes you simply want to start up your computer and quickly check on something – and in those moments all those applications starting up can really slow you down.


Delay Start is a simple Mac app with a single function – waiting a set amount of time, then starting whatever apps you want. It’s simple but it describes the above-mentioned problem. Stop your existing Mac apps The Best Mac Apps to Install on Your MacBook or iMac Looking for the best apps for your MacBook or iMac? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for macOS. Read More from starting at boot – then set Delay Start to do so – and you’ll be given a window of time after boot but before your apps load automatically. You set the amount of time in seconds, so be sure to multiple by 60 if you want to delay by a certain number of minutes.

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Disabling the existing startups is simple – head to the “Users” section in the Mac Preferences, then click “Login Items”. Remove every app, then add “Delay Start”.

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Users of solid state drives probably won’t benefit much from this – loading apps on such systems is fast enough to not slow things down. Users of Macs without Solid States, however, will be thankful for the window.


  • An easy-to-use Mac app.
  • Waits a user-set number of seconds before launching whatever apps you wish.
  • Add to startup and you can delay the automatic launching of startup apps.
  • Does not disable current startup apps: that’s up to the user.

Check out Delay Start @ The Mac App Store

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