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How To Turn Off iMessage On Mac
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How To Turn Off iMessage On Mac

iMessage is a wonderful way to send and receive messages from other Apple users some of whom could be your friends, colleagues, and family members. And, the best part is that it doesn’t even involve any extra charges. And, better if you have an iCloud account you can send and receive messages from any connected device. But, we are not here for praises. Here we will talk about how to remove iMessage from Mac.

But, Why Would I Disable iMessage From Mac?

Distractions can take place in any form and iMessages can be one of them. It could be that you want to put your complete focus on something and don’t want iMessages from taking that focus away. Or, it could also be that you have planned to use some other platform as your primary source of sending and receiving messages.

When talking about turning off iMessage on Mac, here are the things/ methods we are going to discuss in greater detail –

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(i)  How to deactivate iMessage from Mac?

(ii) How to remove iMessages from Mac?

(iii) How To Turn Off iMessage Notifications On Your Mac?

Want to know how to remove iMessage from Mac, dive straight in. Here we will also tell you how you can switch off iMessage notification as well –

(i) Deactivate iMessage on Mac –

In this method, we are temporarily going to shut off iMessage from appearing on your Mac –

1. Open the Messages app on your Mac. You’ll find it at the bottom of your dock. You can alternatively, find it in the Finder, in the Applications folder

2. Under Preferences click on Messages

Click on Messages on Mac

3. Now, open Accounts

4. On the left-hand side you will be able to have a look at all enabled accounts

5. Select an account that you want to disable

Disable messages in iCloud

6. Uncheck the box that you can see next to Enable this account

7. Click on Sign Out

Sign out of iMessage

That’s it you will then be signed out of your iMessage account and you won’t be receiving any iMessages from thereon.

Will This Even Affect My Other iCloud Services?

No, by signing out of your Apple ID in iMessages you will only be turning off iMessages. You will be able to access all iCloud services such as Photos or iCloud Drive.

(ii) How To Remove iMessages From Mac?

1. Launch the Messages

2. Head to the conversation that you want to delete

3. Click on a conversation

4. Go to File and then click on Delete Conversation. Alternatively, you can right-click on the conversation and then click on Delete Conversation

5. When the confirmation prompt pops up click on Delete once again

(iii) How To Turn Off iMessage Notifications On Your Mac?

Let’s consider a scenario, you have an important assignment for which you want to be able to chat with your friend but don’t want any annoying notifications to pop-up every now and then. In that scenario here are the steps which will help you get rid of just the iMessage notifications –

1. On the left-hand corner of your screen click on the Apple logo

2. Then click on System Preferences

3. Click on Notifications

4. On the left-hand side click on Messages from the left-hand side

5. On the right-hand side you will see Message alert style. Click on None

System Preference - Allow notifications from messages

Now, you will still be able to send and receive messages but you won’t be bugged by notifications.

Frequently Asked Questions –

If I turn off iMessages will I still receive iMessage?

You won’t be able to receive iMessages in case iMessage is not enabled on your Mac. Also, in case you have your Wi-Fi off iMessage app won’t work.

Will I be able to use iMessages if I am signed out of iCloud?

when you are signed out of iCloud you won’t be able to use iMessages, however, your information will still remain in iCloud.

If I delete or remove iMessages on my Mac, would it be deleted on other people’s devices too?

No, if you delete iMessages on your Mac, they won’t be deleted from other people’s devices since it is a client-side action only. However, even if the other person deletes the iMessages, it will be deleted forever.

Wrapping Up

While removing iMessages from Mac is not possible, it is possible to disable messages from appearing on your Mac or disabling notifications from appearing on your Mac. If you found the blog to be helpful, do upvote it and share it with your friends and family. You can also shoot us your questions in the comments section below. For more such tech-related content, keep reading Tweak Library.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Chris Smith

    I was struggling with this, Many thanks!

  2. Gajendra singh

    Thanks for this detail solution

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