Mar 18, 2020, 9:00 am EST | 2 min read
The Messages app on Mac works exactly like its iPhone and iPad counterpart, allowing you to send iMessages to other Apple devices. If you’d rather keep your messages separate, you can turn off Messages on macOS following these instructions.
These instructions will work for Catalina, but you might find the steps vary for older versions of macOS. This will only disable iMessages and SMS messages (if you have an iPhone) on your Mac, but you can also disable iMessage on an iPhone or iPad if you want to.
Turning Off Notifications for the Messages App on Mac
Before you disable iMessage, you should consider disabling notifications for the Messages app first. This will allow you to continue to send and receive messages in the Messages app, but you’ll only be able to view the messages when you open the app.
To do this, open the System Preferences app. You can launch this by clicking the Apple menu in the top-left of the menu bar and then pressing the “System Preferences” option.
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In the System Preferences app, click the “Notifications” option.
In the “Notifications” menu in System Preferences, you’ll see a list of apps capable of launching notifications in a menu on the left. Scroll through this list and click the “Messages” option.
You can customize how your notifications appear using the options shown under the “Messages Alert Style” section.
To hide notification alerts from appearing in the top right, click the “None” alert style option.
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To disable all notifications from the Messages app, press the “Allow Notifications from Messages” slider. The toggle will turn gray when disabled.
This will completely disable all notifications from the Messages app, but you’ll still receive messages in the background and can view them in the Messages app at any time.
Disabling the Messages App on Mac
If you’d rather disable the Messages app on macOS completely, it’s a fairly simple process. To start, open the Messages app by clicking the Messages icon on the Dock.
If you’ve removed it from the Dock, you can launch Messages from the Launchpad (which you can launch by clicking the Launchpad icon on the Dock). Alternatively, you can launch the application from the Applications folder in the Finder app.
You’ll need to access the Preferences menu for Messages to disable it. To do this, click Messages > Preferences from the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen.
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In the Messages Preferences menu that appears, click the “iMessage” tab. To completely disable the Messages app, click the “Sign Out” button next to your Apple ID under the “Settings” tab.
If you’d rather leave your account signed in, uncheck the “Enable This Account” and “Enable Messages in iCloud” checkboxes.
Your settings will be applied automatically, so you can close the Messages Preferences menu once you’re finished. Messages from iMessage will no longer appear in your Messages app until you sign in again or otherwise re-enable your account.
While Apple’s software is easy to use, it can be confusing to try to turn off iMessage on Mac. Fortunately, we have gotten to the bottom of this common problem and written out detailed step-by-step instructions for you to follow to accomplish this task.
Apple’s creation of iMessage is one of the best things the company has done since it integrated so well with their iPhone and iPad. However, it can also be one of the most annoying features due to general distractions or if you want to keep messages from being accidentally seen by friends, co-workers or family members who are using your connected Apple devices.
However, there is good news! Keeping this from happening isn’t a hard process and we can fix this dilemma in a just few easy steps of which I will outline below. This process will work on any Apple computer including an iMac, MacBook or MacBook Pro as long as it is running one of the more recent versions of MacOS that supports iMessage.
How To Turn Off iMessage On Mac (Temporarily)
If you just want to disable your notifications temporarily for a 24-hour period then you’ll just want to enable “Do Not Disturb” mode which will keep your Mac from displaying any iMessage pop-ups for the remainder of the day.
- To accomplish this on modern versions of Apple’s MacOS, simply click the notifications icon in the top right of your Mac’s display which will open up your Notification Center
- From here you’ll see two options at the top of your menu with toggles for features like ‘Night Shift’ and ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode
- Toggle ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on and you’ll see the switch activate with a blue ‘ON’ signal.
Once you get to this point, your notifications will be temporarily halted from popping up on your display. This will only last until the new calendar day so it won’t be a permanent block for iMessage notifications.
iMessage service developed by Apple is one of the greatest, excellent and brilliant way of keeping in touch and get in contact with other Apple device users without any additional charges on your monthly bill from your network provider. One of the most useful and used features is the capacity to send and receive messages from other devices that are connected to your iCloud account, including your Mac.
But sometimes, this can be a little bit too much. For example, if you are in your office with your Mac, iPhone or iPad and all of the devices alert you that you have a message, with some delay between them, the notification sound can be very annoying and can cause a distraction to you or anyone in that office.
In this article, we will show you how to turn off iMessage notifications on mac, and also how to sign out from iCloud in messages, how to fix when they are not working properly and some other tips and tricks for the features of iMessage that can be useful and helpful.
How to Turn off Notifications
- Turn on your Mac.
- Click on the Apple menu.
- Choose System Preferences.
- Open the Notification panel.
- Click on the Messages. In the left sidebar.
- Select the None option. Also, unselect the other ticks from the checkboxes. Turn off Notifications
How to Deactivate iMessage
- Turn on your Mac.
- Open the Messages app on your Mac.
- Find and Open Preferences from the Messages menu.
- Click on the Account that you want to turn off. This is located on the left pane tab.
- Uncheck the box saying Enable this account. This will disable your account on your Mac. Deactivate iMessage
When you complete these steps, it will stop you receiving messages on your Mac but you can always whenever you want, turn them back on again. All you need to do is to check the checkbox that you have previously unchecked.
There is also an alternative if you want to turn off them permanently. You can sign out of your iCloud account in Messages. This is going to affect only the Messages app and you don’t have to worry about if this can stop you from using the iCloud Photos or iCloud Drive. In simple words, it only deregisters iMessage from your account.
How to Sign Out of iCloud in Messages
- Open Messages on your Mac.
- Open Preferences from the Messages menu.
- Next, choose the account that you want to sign out of. You will find this in the left side window.
- Click Sign Out next to the Apple ID of your account.
- Confirm by clicking Sign Out. A pop-up window will appear in order to confirm that you really want to sign out of your account. iCloud Sign out
This will sign you out from the iMessage from your Mac, but if you want later to sign in again you should Open Messages then Preferences and then you will see plus icon at the bottom of the Accounts panel, when you click on the icon you will need to enter your Apple ID and password. Note: depending on your settings about verification, for example in two-factor verification you may need to enter the passcode that it will be sent to your device.
Bonus: How to Fix Messages if it is not working properly
Maybe you are not annoyed by the notifications and sounds of the iMessage app but they are not working properly on your Mac or have a problem syncing on your iPhone or iPad and you want to deactivate them. We will help you try some things in order to solve this problem. The methods from above will be very useful.
- Sign out of Messages, as shown in the steps before, and then sign in back again.
- Turn off iMessage using the steps from the Deactivate iMessage method and then turn on them again.
- Check the phone number that you are using on your Mac. It must be the same as your iPhone number.
- Check the email address you are using on your Mac is the same that is associated with your Apple ID.
- If you have two or more Apple ID make sure that you are signed in with the same Apple Id on your Mac and on your iPhone or iPad.
- If you are not getting messages from your friends, go to Contacts app and search for their name. Then you need to check if the entry has the right email address or phone number that they are using for their Messages. If it is a different one, add it.
These suggestions are going to be enough in order for you to solve the problem with your Message app.
Bonus: How to Block Specific User
In this bonus method, we will show you how to block specific people to contact you from your contacts in your Message app.
- Check for the user that is trying to contact you is already in your Contacts. If he is in your Contacts skip to Step number 3. If not, you must add them to your Contacts.
- Click on the plus icon and add new contact fill the details from the contact card. It is important not to forget to add the email address and the phone number they have been trying to contact you from.
- Open Preferences from Messages menu.
- Open on the Account that you are using for iMessage.
- Open the Blocked tab.
- Click on the plus icon. A window will prompt with your contacts in. Search for the contact that you want to block and choose it.
- The contact will be added to your blocked list.
As you may know, you cannot uninstall the Message app on your Mac but you can easily disable or turn off from iCloud and turn off the notifications only.
It’s great that you get to pair iMessages to your Mac and respond quickly using your keyboard. However, sometimes this can be distracting. Of course, you are using an iPhone and a Mac, plus it wouldn’t be a long stretch to assume there is an iPad lying around nearby.
By default, iMessages are enabled on all devices and they all ding when a new text arrives. Interestingly, there even might be a slight delay in the notifications. It can become really annoying if you’ve also enabled the 2-minute reminder chime. This is why you might want to consider disabling this service on your Mac.
Bye, Bye Chimes
Before you proceed, it’s worth noting that the methods have been tested on macOS Mojave. On the other hand, these settings change very little so the following steps should apply to older versions as well.
On a Mac, everything is done via the Messages app. Hit Cmd + Space on your keyboard, type “mess” and hit Enter. You can also navigate to Messages via Launchpad or just click or tap on the app if it’s in your Dock.
Click or tap on Messages in the menu bar on the top left and select Preferences from the drop-down window. You can also do it by pressing Cmd + , – just make sure that the Messages window is selected if there are multiple windows on your desktop.
Now, click on the iMessage tab in the Preferences window and uncheck the box in front of your phone number. In some cases, your email address needs to stay checked or the system won’t allow you to disable messages.
This out of the way, you can now uncheck the box in front of “Enable this account” and you are good to go.
General Messages Settings
Similar to your iPhone, you can customize some of the Messages settings on your Mac too. You get to change the sound settings, choose a different chime, or adjust the text size.
The drop-down menu next to “Keep messages” allows you to change the preferences for saving messages. However, it’s advisable to keep this the same as on your iPhone/iPad to avoid losing some of the older texts.
The most useful option is the “Save received files to.” Click or tap on Other in the drop-down menu and save the files you receive via iMessages to a specific folder.
Turning off Notifications
After all, you might not need to disable iMessages completely. If the notifications are the only thing that’s bothering you, why not turn them off? Here’s what you need to do.
Hit Cmd + Space on your keyboard, type “notifications”, and press Enter. You can also reach the notifications settings by clicking on System Preferences, then the Notifications icon.
Scroll down the menu on the left and select Messages. Now, there are two ways to customize notifications – disable them altogether or uncheck the boxes in front of all the options.
Select None if you want to stop receiving iMessage notifications or you can keep it at Banners and uncheck all the boxes except the “Badge app icon.” This way you will ditch all the previews, sounds, and pop-ups but still get a tiny reminder that there is a new message in your inbox.
Tip: The Alerts option keeps the notification on your screen until you dismiss it. In general, this type of notification is the most annoying of all so you might not want to consider it at all.
Disabling Messages on iPad
Assuming you’d like to receive the texts on your iPhone only, it pays to take a look at how to disable them on your iPad. Launch the Settings app, navigate to Messages, and tap on the button next to iMessage to toggle it off. And if you wish to do it on the iPhone, the same method applies.
Tip: The Messages menu features the “Send as SMS” option. It’s advisable to keep this option on to ensure the text reaches the recipient even if he or she is not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular network. This applies to iPhones and iPads with cellular – the ones with a SIM card slot.
One of the reasons to disable Messages on your Mac is because they are not working as intended. This might sound a bit counter-intuitive, but it works like the turn-it-off-and-on-again trick.
So the first line of defense is to disable Messages, then enable them after a few seconds. Don’t forget to check if the iMessages phone number on your Mac is the same as on your iPhone. Besides the phone number, you also need to use the email address that’s associated with your Apple ID which you use to sign in on your iPhone.
If you are still not getting any texts, sign out of the Messages app and sign in. Of course, you can restart both the iPhone and the Mac after you make the changes.
You Haven’t Got a Text
Whichever way you look at it, disabling messages on Mac is a piece of cake. The method can be used for troubleshooting the app and it helps you get rid of the pesky notifications. But if the notifications are your only problem, it would be better to turn them off instead of the entire iMessages service.
What kind of iMessages do you send most often? Are they plain texts, images, or maybe videos? Feel free to comment about your preferences in the section below.
Last updated on March 19, 2020 By Serhat Kurt Leave a Comment
This article explains how you can turn off messages on your Mac. It seems that a lot of users want to disable the Messages app because they find it distracting.
You can use the Messages app with your Mac to send and receive iMessages, and you can also send or receive SMS and MMS messages via your iPhone. Turning iMessage off will stop messages appearing on your Mac. However, this process will not affect your iPhone meaning you can still send or receive messages on your iPhone.
It is in fact really easy to disable and then, if wanted, reenable iMessage on your Mac.
Turning off iMessage
This is very simple to do. Simply follow the steps below:
- On your Mac, open the Messages app. You can open it from your desktop, dock, or Applications folder. Or you can use Spotlight.
- In Messages, click Messages and Preferences (in the menu bar).
- Click the iMessage tab.
- And uncheck the box next to “Enable this account.”
- You can also choose to sign out if wanted. But without signing out too, you will not get or send messages.
You did not delete the Messages app. If you want to be able to send or receive messages again, simply check the “enable this account” box.
Looking for ways to Turn off iMessage on Mac? This article will guide with many ways by which you can easily disable iMessage on your Macbook.
iMessage is One of the best messaging service preferred by most of the apple users. Since it is free, convenient and it does not use the data limits set by a telco for normal messaging. You can not only send messages to and from ios devices but you can send messages from Apple computers as well. Through iMessage platform, your phone number, email id gets linked to the apple servers.
Well, one of the most common issues reported by Apple users using iMessage is that their messages are getting lost somewhere else. Your message remains undelivered neither you or the sender knows. The person who sent you the message thinks you received it, and you have no idea it was sent to you.
iMessage users reported that whenever they send a message from one iPhone to another. The responses from other iPhone keep coming to their Macbook and do not appear on their iPhone, even when they have iMessages closed. It is really frustrating for everyone to fix this so you must be wondering “Is it possible to Turn off iMessage on MacBook?”. If yes then “How to turn off iMessage on MacBook?”.
In this article, I will cover all your queries related to iMessage as well as I will teach you easiest method to turn off iMessage on your MacBook.
How to have a conversation on iMessage
- Click on the Messages icon in the dock (it’s a blue speech bubble), or search by pressing Cmd + Spacebar and start to type Messages.
- Sign in using the Apple ID that’s associated with your iPhone.
- Select the new message icon (the square icon beside the Search field).
- Place your curser in the To: field and type the phone number or email address for the friend you wish to contact (the email address should be one they use for iMessage). Press enter.
- Alternatively, if you’ve synced your Contacts file with your Mac you should be able to click on the + sign to add people from your Contacts.
- If your friend has an iPhone you can tell because their number will gain a blue box. This means they will receive your text as an iMessage, sent via Apple’s servers. (Note that an iMessage sent this way may arrive on your friend’s phone with your Apple ID email address as the identifier rather than your phone number. It depends on whether your contact details are set up on their phone.)
- If your friend is able to receive iMessages simply type your message in the field marked iMessage. When you’re finished, press return to send it.
How to turn off iMessage on Mac
So, there are 2 easy and simple ways to turn off iMessage on Mac.
1. Turn off iMessage by deactivating it on MacBook
- Launch the Message app on your Mac device.
- In the messages menu, click Preferences.
- In the left-hand pane, click on the account you want to turn off.
- Uncheck the box next to Enable this account
The above steps will stop you from receiving messages from showing up on your Mac and if you want to turn them back on, all you have to do is check that box again.
Another way is, to turn them off permanently, you can sign out of your iCloud account in the messages altogether. This will only affect the messages app and won’t stop you, for example, using iCloud driver photos with iCloud. Effectively, it deregisters messages from your account.
2. Turn off iMessage on Mac by signing out from i-cloud
- Launch Messages.
Click Preferences in the Messages menu.
- Choose the account you want to sign out of in the left-hand window.
- Press Sign out next to your Apple ID.
- In the pop-up window that appears, confirm by clicking Sign Out.
If you sign out and later decide that you want to use Messages on your Mac, you can add your account by going to Messages > Preferences and clicking the ‘+’ at the bottom of the Accounts pane, then type in your Apple ID and password. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you may need to type in the passcode sent to your trusted device.
There is another option, if you want to be able to send messages from your MacBook but don’t want incoming message notifications then you can turn them off.
How to turn off notification of messages
- Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
- Choose the Notifications pane.
- Click on Messages in the left hand sidebar.
- Click ‘None’ and uncheck all the tick boxes.
Now, you’ll still be able to send and receive messages, but won’t be pestered by annoying alerts.
If you want to disable iMessage on your Mac because you’re selling it or giving it away, you’ll need to sign out of iCloud altogether, in addition to signing out of Messages.
- Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
- Click on iCloud.
- At the bottom left hand corner of the window, click Sign Out.
All the steps mentioned above will be surely helpful for you to easily understand how to turn off iMessage on MacOS (OS X Yosemite, etc). These were the simplest ways by which you can turn off iMessage on your macbook.
If you further face any issue regarding this then feel free to ask us and drop us a comment. We will return to you shortly to help you in all the possible way we can.
Rivaling Android messages which use SMS and MMS, iMessage is Apple’s way of making a club for iOS users to separate themselves from everyone else with their messaging application. It is because you can only send unlimited messages to anyone who owns an Apple product such as the iPad, iPhone, iMac and even the iPod touch. Then, you should learn how to Turn off iMessage on Macbook with our guide.
iMessage was introduced to such devices by the 13th of June 2016. It’s an excellent application and very utilitarian for people who use Apple products. For some Apple users, it can be a suitable replacement for the old yet gold SMS and MMS messages.
It works using your unique Apple ID which is the same ID used for your iTunes, App Store and your iCloud.
In a more technical point of view and with the lingo of a tech person, it uses a protocol established on APN’s (Apple Push Notification Service), this protocol is proprietary and is a binary protocol. This protocol stages up to a Keep-Alive connection with the Apple server.
The special part is that each connection has its unique code, which plays as an identifier for the route it uses to send messages. The part where the deal gets sweeter is that it is TLS encrypted by using a client-side certificate which is acquired when an iMessage account is activated.
Why to Turn Off iMessage
An Apple ID can be attained by creating an account in any of Apple’s consumer services. It can also be a message syndication service because it allows to route in third-party messaging application to itself, which is a service one should be manually routed through the options in iMessage.
But like all messaging applications irrespective of built-in or third party, they all face a single problem, and that is the endless notifications from them due to human activity.
This happens in the most unexpected moment such as the moments when you are concentrating so hard on a project, and all of a sudden, a slew of messages pop in and bombard your ears and your attention with notifications which in turn makes you want just to go crazy.
This can happen especially when you are on your iMac because iMessage comes inbuilt with the OS.
So today we are here to help you out too quickly turn off iMessage on Macbook.
3 Methods to Turn Off iMessage on Macbook
Sign out of iMessage on your Mac
The most straightforward, efficient and effective method of not getting spammed by notification while working is just signing out of iMessage.
You will, of course, have to re-login to get any other further notifications but that won’t be a hassle if you use key-chain which is iOS password and username saver which make it easier for you to re-login into any account on which you have enabled it to work on. Sign out of iMessage on your Mac
Signing out can be done by going to the preferences in the application and then clicking sign out which will you lead you to a confirmation box where you confirm to attain your peace out of the spamming of notification. This will help you to Turn off iMessage on Macbook easily.
Disable Apple ID to block it from receiving notifications for messages
This is the most efficient way of getting rid of those notifications especially when you are sharing your system or where you have many Apple ID emails attached to iMessage.
You can disable the application on your Mac the most straightforward way by searching it up on the spotlight search bar. Disable Apple ID
After reaching the application, one can disable the Apple ID by selecting messages and choosing preferences.
Under which you can select accounts and locate the Apple ID’s and disable them. Hence, you can Turn off iMessage on Macbook & stop receiving message.
Changing the Notification Tone
This solution is for the people who can divide their attention for a short moment and also need those notifications from their iMessage but don’t want to be disturbed by the irritating “ping.”
It’s an effortless way for a temporary fix but also a utilitarian method of fixing the problem. Changing the Notification Tone
For this fix, one has to launch the preferences application and then by choosing notifications.
In this section, you can customize all notification sounds. Leaving the banners “on” and the alert style “none” one can receive notifications of messages without sound. Hope, these steps help you out to turn off iMessage on Macbook.
Does this sound familiar to you? You get a new message on your iPhone, and it’s also singing and appearing on your Mac.
That happened to me. Well, I love using the iMessage app to send and receive text/visual messages with friends without paying a cent to the carrier. But sometimes it’s a bit annoying to see these messages popping up on my Mac after showing on my iPhone.
In this article, I’m going to show you a few simple tricks to turn off iMessage on Mac or stop these messages from showing up on your desktop screen. Stay away from distractions and be more productive when you work on your Mac.
Note: there are three different ways to get this done. Depending on your personal preferences, you may find one method works better than another. Anyway, I’m sharing all of them, so you decide which one is best for your situation.
Table of Contents
Method 1: Disable Apple ID from Being Reached for Messages
Ideal Use: when you’re using a shared Mac machine where several Apple ID emails have been added to the Messages app (i.e. iMessage). And you only want to stop one or several.
Step 1: Open the iMessage app on your Mac. The quickest way is by doing a Spotlight search and click the Messages icon under “TOP HIT.”
Step 2: On the top left corner, select Messages > Preferences.
Step 3: Click the “Accounts” tab. In the “iMessage” row, locate the Apple ID(s) you want to disable and uncheck them. Done.
Method 2: Sign out of iMessage from Your Mac
Ideal Use: you prefer text communications via your phone, and you don’t want any iMessage texts or visuals to show up on your Mac.
Step 1: Open Preferences in the Messages app (as shown in Method 1). In the same window, just click the “Sign out” button next to your Apple ID.
Step 2: Confirm the operation in the new pop-up asking “Do you want to sign out of iMessage?”. That’s it.
Method 3: Adjust Messages Alert Style in Notifications
Ideal Use: you are busy working on a project, and don’t want to be interrupted by these messages temporarily. But you’ll use the app on your Mac later.
Step 1: Launch the System Preferences app. Again, the easiest way is by typing it in the Spotlight search bar. If you have added it to Launchpad, just click the icon to open the app.
Step 2: Click Notifications.
Step 3: Scroll down and locate “Messages” on the left sidebar. Select “None” under “Messages alert style” (note: by default, it’s on “Banners”). Done.
I have been an Apple fan for quite a while. No doubt that the company has produced the world’s best computers and phones. But in recent years, Apple has been pushing integrations between macOS and iOS. I’m not sure whether Apple is doing this to make its products work more seamlessly.
Somehow I dislike some of the new features, one is this iMessage “issue” — it may be useful for other Mac users, not to me. I think it’s more like a distraction. Many Mac users have a similar feeling, and some even noticed that enabling iMessage actually slows down your Mac.
The good thing is disabling iMessage on Mac is an easy task, as I’ve shown you three different ways to get that done. Anyway, that’s all I want to share. Hope you find these tricks useful.
Chris is a lifelong tech enthusiast with a broad range of interests including coding, data analysis, traveling, and more. He used to work as a software programmer immersing himself in the world of codes, now he finds it more interesting talking to real people.
There are times when you don’t want to receive any iMessage on your Mac because you are already getting the messages on your iPhone. Some people just want to check their messages on a single place to make it more convenient and orderly.
This can happen whenever your Apple ID is synced to the application of your Mac iMessage and the one from your iPhone. If you have an open iMessage on your MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, OS X Yosemite, iMac, or MacBook Air, here are some steps that you can follow to deactivate the application.
1st Solution – Disable iMessage Permanently
- Open your iMessage Application
- Look for the Preference tab on the top left of the screen
- Under the Message Preference, search for Account Tabs.
- Remove all associated accounts to stop receiving messages
2nd Solution – Turn off iMessage on your Mac computer
Go to your iMessage
Under the Settings, go to Preferences.
Click on your Apple account
Uncheck the box for Enable this Account under your Apple ID
Click the Sign Out Button Afterward
3rd Solution – Turn Off Notifications for iMessage
Go to the System Preferences, then select Notifications.
Click Messages and look at the left side. Select the None option.
If you are using the Yosemite OS, then you might be overwhelmed with a lot of inane messages that comes to your computer while programming. Just simply navigate to your Applications. Select the Messages.app.
Go to the Messages Pane on the top left side of your Mac. Choose Preferences, then go to your tab that shows Accounts. Just simply sign out from there. You can do the above steps on your Mac operating system. If you can’t see the tabs and menus above, you can contact Apple support or see an expert.