How to Mute Text Messages on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Muting text messages on your Mac can be a useful feature when you want some peace and quiet or need to focus on your work without distractions. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to mute text messages on your Mac using the Messages app.

Step 1: Launch the Messages app

To get started, open the Messages app on your Mac by clicking on its icon in the Dock or searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Access preferences

Once the Messages app is open, click on Messages in the menu bar at the top of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences.

Step 3: Go to the notifications tab

In the Preferences window that appears, click on the Notifications tab at the top.

Step 4: Select the conversation you want to mute

In the left-hand sidebar of the Notifications tab, you will see a list of all your ongoing conversations. Scroll through and find the conversation that you want to mute.

Step 5: Mute notifications for that conversation

Selecting a conversation will display its notification settings on the right-hand side of the window. To mute notifications for that specific conversation, check the box next to Mute notifications.


  • If you have multiple conversations selected, make sure to uncheck any other boxes before muting a specific one.
  • Muting a conversation will prevent any future message notifications from appearing on your Mac.

Step 6: Customize additional settings (optional)

If you want to further customize your notification preferences, you can click on Options next to the Mute notifications checkbox. This will allow you to choose whether you want to show notifications in the Notification Center, play sounds, or display a preview of the message.

Step 7: Close preferences

Once you have adjusted the necessary settings, close the Preferences window by clicking on the red ‘x’ button at the top left corner. Your changes will be saved automatically.

Step 8: Enjoy the silence!

Congratulations! You have successfully muted text message notifications on your Mac. Now you can work or relax without being interrupted by constant message alerts.

If you ever want to unmute a conversation and start receiving notifications again, simply follow these steps and uncheck the Mute notifications box for that specific conversation.

Note: Muting text messages on your Mac does not affect your iPhone or other Apple devices. Each device has its own notification settings that need to be adjusted separately.


  • Muting conversations is temporary and does not block or delete any messages.
  • You will still receive new messages in the Messages app; they just won’t trigger a notification sound or alert.

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to mute text messages on your Mac using the Messages app. Enjoy your newfound tranquility!

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