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With the TeamViewer alternative AnyDesk that I recently did in this post presented, I have had very good experiences in the last few weeks. One point that confused me a bit, however, is the fact that AnyDesk - once it has been installed correctly - always starts when the Mac boots. To fix that, I have to go to the Startup objects under System Settings> User looked it up, but unfortunately no entry for AnyDesk was found.
Because a user wrote to me that he couldn't find a way to start AnyDesk immediately after restarting, I have instructions below on how to do this too.
Programs that are not in a user's startup items can also start when the Mac is started. This happens when the program enters the start agent via a plist file. That means, whenever the Mac reboots, a check is made to see which programs have an entry under "RunAtLoad" and these then start when the user logs in.
This situation can be changed in three ways:
The first way - from my point of view the easiest, runs through the menu item "Optimize" and "Start agent" of the software "CleanMyMac X"that I often use to clean my Mac.
In the list of start agents, among other things, "com.philandro.anydesk.Frontend"is displayed as" Activated ". By clicking" Activated ", you can change the status to" Deactivated ". AnyDesk will no longer start automatically the next time it is restarted.
Unfortunately, the CleanMyMac X software is chargeable if you don't already have it Setapp subscription has booked. If you want it for free, you can choose one of the other two ways.
The second way is via Finder. Press the key combination CMD + SHIFT + G and then specify this folder:
/ Library / LaunchAgents /
Below you will find a file with the name "com.philandro.anydesk.Frontend.plist". You delete this file and then check with a restart whether AnyDesk is still being started.
The third way is to edit the above file. Instead of deleting them, you open them with a text editor.
A window will probably open here asking for administrator rights before you can change the file. Once you have received permission, change these lines:
Now you save the file again and from now on AnyDesk should no longer start up with the Mac.
Apart from this little problem, AnyDesk is really a recommendable tool. Anyone who frequently has to maintain the computers of relatives and acquaintances remotely will be happy about it.
Today a reader wrote to me that he had exactly the opposite problem from me: He would like AnyDesk to run automatically after a restart, but the Mac always stops at the login screen and does not start AnyDesk until then.
macOS is deliberately designed so that no program can start before logging in. Until then, only macOS will be running. However, there is an option to automatically log a user in. This means that the Mac is booted up again even after a restart, the user is logged in and AnyDesk can be packed into the user's login items so that the tool starts up immediately.
It works like this: Under System Settings> Users & Groups> Login Options> Automatic Login you set the automatic login to active and select the user who should be logged in automatically. Then select AnyDesk for this user under "Login objects" and restart the Mac.
If everything went well, the Mac will restart and the selected user will be logged in automatically. AnyDesk will then start automatically and you should be able to control the Mac remotely.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.