How to Log Out of Imessage on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to log out of iMessage on your Mac. Whether you want to switch to a different Apple ID or simply sign out for security reasons, this step-by-step guide will help you through the process.

Step 1: Launching iMessage
To begin, open the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Accessing Preferences
Once the Messages app is open, click on the “Messages” tab located in the top left corner of your screen. From there, select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: Opening iMessage Settings
A new window will appear with various tabs. Click on the “Accounts” tab to access your iMessage settings.

Managing Accounts

Step 4: Selecting Your Apple ID
In the Accounts tab, you will see a list of registered accounts. Look for your Apple ID and click on it to select it.

Step 5: Logging Out
After selecting your Apple ID, locate and click on the “Sign Out” button. A confirmation pop-up window will appear asking if you want to sign out. Click “Sign Out” again to confirm your decision.

Additional Options

Option 1: Removing Account Completely
If you want to remove your account from iMessage entirely, follow steps 1-4 above and then click on the “-” button located below the account list. Confirm your choice by clicking on “OK”.

Option 2: Disabling iMessage Temporarily
If you prefer not to log out completely but rather disable iMessage temporarily, follow steps 1-4 above and uncheck the box next to “Enable this account”. This will stop iMessage from syncing with your Mac until you re-enable it.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to log out of iMessage on your Mac. Whether you want to switch accounts or take a break from iMessage, these steps will ensure a smooth transition. Remember that logging out of iMessage on your Mac will not affect your iMessage settings on other Apple devices.

Now that you know how to log out of iMessage, you can confidently manage your accounts and privacy settings on your Mac. Stay in control of your messaging experience and enjoy the flexibility that Apple provides.

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