How to Delete Imessages on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you wondering how to delete iMessages on your Mac? Look no further, as we have got you covered with a step-by-step guide that will make the process a breeze.

Whether you want to clear up some space on your Mac or remove old conversations for privacy reasons, we will show you how to do it. Let’s dive right in!

Step 1: Open the Messages App

To begin, locate and open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search (Cmd + Spacebar) and typing “Messages”.

Step 2: Select the Conversation to Delete

In the left sidebar of the Messages app, find the conversation that you want to delete. Click on it to select it.

Step 3: Delete Individual Messages

If you only want to delete specific messages within a conversation, follow these steps:

  • Select multiple messages: To select more than one message, hold down the Cmd key on your keyboard while clicking on each message. The selected messages will be highlighted.
  • Delete selected messages: Once you have selected the desired messages, right-click and choose “Delete” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can press the Delete key on your keyboard.


  • Delete attachments: If there are attachments (such as photos or videos) within a conversation that you want to delete, make sure to also remove them by selecting and deleting them individually.
  • Delete an entire conversation: If you wish to delete an entire conversation instead of individual messages, right-click on the conversation in the left sidebar and choose “Delete Conversation”. Confirm the deletion when prompted.

Step 4: Empty the Trash

After deleting messages or conversations, they are moved to the Trash within the Messages app. To permanently delete them and free up storage space on your Mac:

  1. Open the Trash: Go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and select “Messages” > “Preferences”. In the Preferences window, click on the “General” tab and then click on “Empty Trash”.

    Confirm when prompted.

  2. Automatically empty trash: If you want messages to be automatically deleted after a certain period, go to “Messages” > “Preferences” > “General” and check the box next to “Remove history items”. From here, you can choose how long you want messages to be kept before they are automatically deleted.


Keep in mind that deleting iMessages on your Mac will not affect your messages on other devices linked to your Apple ID, such as iPhones or iPads. The changes made on your Mac will not be synced with other devices unless you have enabled iCloud syncing for Messages.

With these simple steps, you can easily delete iMessages on your Mac and keep your conversations organized. Remember to regularly check and clear out unnecessary messages to maintain a clutter-free messaging experience!

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