How to Stop & Turn Off Messages on Mac in 4 Easy Steps

Have you noticed messages popping up on your Mac and thought, “Ah! How do I get rid of iMessage on my Mac?” The first time I received an iMessage on Mac, I immediately began looking for a way to disable it. My iPhone tends to be right next to me anyway and broadcasting my text messages on Mac is definitely something I wanted to turn off. Luckily, you can stop iMessages from popping up by simply turning off messages on Mac. It’s actually incredibly easy to do. So if you want to stop receiving messages on Mac, I have got an awesome tip for you. We’ll quickly turn off iMessages at the source. Here’s how to disable and get rid of messages on Mac.

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iMessages on Mac is part of the Apple ecosystem that allows you to connect all your devices with your Apple ID. iMessages on Mac is no different. When you’re logged in, you receive iMessages on your computer. Your computer uses your internet connection to receive the messages you would otherwise get on iPhone. It’s a cool feature if you want to use it. But if you’re like me, you just want to stop messages from popping up on Mac.

How to Turn Off Messages on Mac

  • On your Mac, open the Messages app.
  • Click Messages in the top bar and select Preferences.

How to Stop Receiving iMessages on Your Mac

  • The Accounts window will pop up, tap your Apple ID on the left column.
  • Uncheck Enable this account or click Sign Out.

How to Stop Receiving iMessages on Your Mac

That’s all it takes to stop getting messages on Mac. If you think you might want to use iMessage on Mac in the future, you can just uncheck Enable this account and re-check it in the future. Whereas if you sign up, you’ll need go into Preferences and Accounts to sign back into iMessage, if you decided you want to receive them in the future. Otherwise, you’ve now turned off messages on Mac and they won’t be disturbing you anymore.


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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.