How to Delete Messages App on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of deleting the Messages app on your Mac. Whether you want to free up some space on your hard drive or simply don’t use the app anymore, removing it from your Mac is a straightforward process.

Step 1: Close the Messages App

Before we proceed with deleting the Messages app, make sure it is not running. To close the app, click on the Messages menu in the top menu bar and choose “Quit Messages”. Alternatively, you can press Command + Q on your keyboard to quit the app.

Step 2: Open Finder

To delete any application on your Mac, you need to access Finder. You can do this by clicking on the blue face icon in your Dock or by pressing Command + Space to open Spotlight and typing “Finder” before hitting Enter.

Step 3: Go to Applications

In Finder, navigate to the “Applications” folder. You can find it in the left sidebar under “Favorites”. Clicking on “Applications” will display all the applications installed on your Mac.

Step 4: Locate Messages App

Scroll through the list of applications until you find “Messages”. You can also use Spotlight within Finder by pressing Command + F and typing “Messages” in the search bar at the top right corner of the window.

Step 5: Move Messages App to Trash

Once you have located “Messages”, click and drag it to the Trash icon in your Dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on “Messages” and select “Move to Trash”.


If prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter your password or provide confirmation to proceed with the deletion.

Step 6: Empty Trash

To completely remove the Messages app from your Mac and free up space on your hard drive, you need to empty the Trash. Right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and choose “Empty Trash”. Alternatively, you can click on “Finder” in the top menu bar, select “Empty Trash”, and confirm your action.

That’s it! The Messages app has been successfully deleted from your Mac. You have successfully freed up space on your hard drive by removing an application you no longer need.


Deleting an application is a permanent action. Make sure you do not have any important data or conversations stored within the Messages app before proceeding with this tutorial.

  • Troubleshooting Tip: If you encounter any issues during the deletion process or are unable to move Messages to Trash, make sure you are logged in as an administrator or contact Apple Support for further assistance.

We hope this tutorial has helped you delete the Messages app from your Mac. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us.

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