How to Log Out of Messages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Logging out of Messages on Mac is a straightforward process that ensures your privacy and security. Whether you want to switch accounts or simply want to sign out temporarily, this guide will walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Open Messages
Launch the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search (press Command + Space and type “Messages”).

Step 2: Access Preferences
With the Messages app open, click on “Messages” in the menu bar at the top of your screen. A dropdown menu will appear – select “Preferences” from this menu.

Step 3: Go to Accounts
In the Preferences window that opens up, click on the “Accounts” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of all the accounts connected to Messages on your Mac.

Tip: If you have multiple accounts logged in, make sure to select the account you wish to log out of.

Step 4: Sign Out
To log out of an account, select it from the list on the left-hand side of the Preferences window. Then, click on the “-” button located at the bottom left corner.

  • This step is reversible; if you accidentally log out, you can easily log back in.
  • If you wish to remove an account permanently, ensure that it’s selected and click on “-“.

Step 5: Confirm Sign Out
A confirmation dialog box will appear asking if you’re sure about signing out. Click “Sign Out” to proceed.


Need to sign out remotely?

If you’ve forgotten to sign out of Messages on your Mac and need to do so remotely, here’s what you can do:

  1. Open the Messages app on another Apple device.
  2. Go to “Preferences” using the same steps mentioned above.
  3. Select the account you wish to sign out of and click on the “-” button.

Can’t find the Preferences option?

If you’re unable to locate “Preferences” in the Messages dropdown menu, try these alternative steps:

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. In the menu bar, click on “Messages”.
  3. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard. This should change “Preferences” to “Accounts”.
  4. Click on “Accounts” to access your accounts and sign out as described above.

Logging out of Messages is essential for maintaining your privacy and managing multiple accounts. With these simple steps, you can easily log out of Messages on your Mac whenever needed. Remember to keep your accounts secure by signing out when you’re finished using them.

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