If Bartender 5 is not starting at login after updating from Bartender 4 it seems to be caused by macOS Sonoma being more restrictive with starting at login entries, and doesn't like the name change from Bartender 4 to Bartender 5 (It keeps adding Bartender 4 to start at login as they share the same app ID even though its been deleted).
To fix this:
- Make sure all copies of Bartender 4 are removed from your mac (including form trash),
- Update to the latest Bartender 5 release (at least 5.0.24),
- Disable Start at Login in Bartender Settings, quit Bartender
- Open macOS System Settings > General > Login Items (this seems to make macOS realise Bartender 4 has gone)
- Launch Bartender 5 and enable start at login.
If this still doesn't work, turn off Bartenders start at login, restart macOS and then try turning it on again.
Bartender 5 is only compatible with macOS Sonoma. Because of internal changes in macOS, Bartender 5 could only be designed to work with the newest version of macOS. A Bartender 5 license will work with Bartender 4 if you need.
No Bartender 5 is not free. It has a 4 week trial after this Bartender 5 will be $16, if you have a license to any previous version of Bartender you can get a great discount on a upgrade license.
If you bought Bartender 4 from July 2022 you are entitled to a free upgrade to Bartender 5, Bartender 5 will accept and use your Bartender 4 license.
You need to be on macOS Sonoma, then you can download Bartender 5 from the website, open the disk image and move Bartender 5 to your applications folder. You can then delete any previous versions of Bartender you have and launch Bartender 5.
Click Buy Now, then select Upgrade to Bartender 5. You will be prompted to enter your previous license details, once submitted and instantly verified you will be able to purchase a Bartender 5 license with a discount.
Yes, a license is for use on all the macs you own and are the main user of.
Please contact us with as much information as possible by sending feedback in Bartender or by emailing [email protected]. Screen recordings and screen shots always help a lot.