Background Items Added, Login Item Added: macOS Ventura Tips
Seeing new Login Item Added and Background Items Added notifications on Mac since updating to macOS Ventura? These are new alerts that inform when newly installed software has been set to automatically open when you boot your computer, and received permission to run in the background!
Login Item Added Notification
The alert slides in from the right edge of the screen and informs you that:
“[app name]” will open automatically when you log in. You can manage this in Login Items Settings.
Background Items Added Notification
There’s another similar alert that informs you when one or more apps or services have received permission to run in the background on your Mac:
“[service name] added items that can run in the background. You can managethis in Login Items settings.”
How To Remove Login Items On Mac
If you don’t want the specific app to run on startup you have to proceed as follows:
- 1. Open System Settings, from Dock, via Spotlight Search or with the option + F2 shortcut.
- 2. Click on General, in the left sidebar and go for Login Items.
- 3. Click on the [application name] that you want to remove and use the ‘-‘ icon.
How To Restrict Background Activity On Mac
In the same settings menu you can also edit which app or service is allowed to run in the background on your computer.
The Allow in the Background section is displaying services that have received this permission during installation.
If you don’t agree or reconsider, us the toggle next to each app to restrict the background activity.
Are you enjoying these new macOS Ventura options? Do you have any questions or problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments. We are here to help!
Related: For more macOS 13 features please check our extended review.
The problem is that i’m getting ‘login item added’ notification every time i open apps like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. This seems to be a bug.
Thanks for reporting. It seems that an extension could cause it. Disable extensions and let us know if the notifications continue. More details here:
Question is.. how do we stop the alerts ?
You can’t stop the alerts, but they’re supposed to show up a single time for each app, the first time you install or open it. If notifications show up each time you open the same app, it means that there’s a bad launch agent. This could be an extension for browser apps as described here:
Why in HELL can’t you turn off the notifications? They’re annoying and OH SO unnecessary!
Well this is debatable. In my opinion as long as it’s not recurring and it shows a single time per app, it’s ok to get informed. The problem is when this happens:
I’ve installed google drive on my MacBook (Ventura) and uninstalled it later. I have no other google apps, I’ve uninstalled google docs, sheets and etc (google drive app installed them automatically, without asking me).
But I see, that google updater is still in “allow int the background” list. I’ve disabled it, but HOW CAN I REMOVE IT from my MacBook ???
Thanks for reporting. We’re looking into this.
it is not stopping showing background items added
Thanks for the feedback. The fix must be similar with the one for ‘login items added’ described over here:
i keep diabeling the login item on ventura but they always come back next time i open them , if you disable them shouldnt they stay disabled?
Yes, but they might be added automatically by a faulty extension as mentioned here:
I too find these notifications a real pain in the backside. I have 3 “login items added” etc displaying each time I start my Mac. I also have my Mac Mail launch on startup but with Stage Manager running these alerts collapse my mail to an icon on the desktop which I find very annoying.
If we have to have these alerts then maybe Apple should consider them not interacting with stage manager.
Thanks for the feedback Kevin. Yes, that makes sense
I get the “Background Items Added” every time I boot my MacAir. Can I disable the notification without disabling the app?
Unfortunately this isn’t possible at the moment. What app is causing the notification?
I have the same problem on iMac desktop. I disabled EPSON and EPSON Event Manager from running in background (hoping to alleviate how SLOW Ventura system responds), but that triggered a barrage of notifications for “Background items added” for those two apps. I then enabled the background run, but STILL receive a barrage of notifications for the apps adding background items. Make it stop!
Thanks for reporting. You’ve updated to macOS 13.1?
I keep seeing ‘sh’ added as a background item. I want to know which app is adding this, and what script is running. Where can I find this ?
I get a barrage of “Background Items Added” notifications when I start my mac, there are multiple alerts for different apps too which is super annoying.
I just upgraded to venture 13.2 hoping that it would solve it, but it doesn’t.
Strangely, even if I close the notification some will popup randomly during the day.
There needs to be a way to disable these alerts from appearing!
Have you tried the solution provided here: