How to Turn Off iMessages on Mac

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Have you ever wondered how to turn off iMessage on Mac? The first time I received an iMessage on my Mac, I immediately began looking for a way to disable the feature. My iPhone tends to be right next to me anyway, so broadcasting my text messages on a Mac is definitely something I wanted to deactivate. Luckily, you can stop iMessages from popping up by simply turning off messages on Mac. It’s actually incredibly easy to do. Here’s how to deactivate and get rid of messages on Mac.

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

iMessages on the Mac is part of the Apple ecosystem that allows you to connect all your devices with your Apple ID. 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 your 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. To turn off iMessages on your Mac, you'll first need to open the Messages app on your computer.

  • Look for the App Folder on your Menu Bar and tap it.

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  • You'll see all the apps on your Mac, tap on Messages.

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  • Click Messages in the top bar and select Preferences.

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

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You'll be asked to enter your Apple ID and password to sign out fully. And that’s all it takes to stop getting messages on you Mac! 

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