How to Reset Imessage on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble with iMessage on your Mac? Is it not working properly or acting glitchy?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to reset iMessage on your Mac and get it back to its optimal performance.

What is iMessage?

iMessage is an instant messaging service developed by Apple Inc. It allows users to send text messages, documents, photos, videos, contact information, and group messages over Wi-Fi or cellular data to other Apple devices.

Why Reset iMessage on Mac?

If you are experiencing any of the following issues with iMessage on your Mac, a reset might be necessary:

  • iMessage not sending or receiving messages
  • Messages getting stuck in the sending state
  • Frequent freezing or crashing of the Messages app
  • Inability to sign in to your iMessage account

How to Reset iMessage on Mac:

Step 1: Quit Messages App

The first step is to quit the Messages app completely. To do this:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Quit from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Open Terminal

To reset iMessage, we will use Terminal which is a built-in application on your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Spotlight (magnifying glass) icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
  2. Type Terminal in the search bar and press Enter.
  3. The Terminal app will open.

Step 3: Enter Reset Command

In the Terminal window, type the following command:

killall cfprefsd && killall ckkeyrolld

This command will reset iMessage by clearing out its preferences and keychain settings.

Step 4: Restart Mac

The final step is to restart your Mac. This will ensure that all changes are applied and iMessage is reset properly.

  1. Click on the Apple menu () in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Restart from the drop-down menu.


Congratulations! You have successfully reset iMessage on your Mac.

Now you should be able to use iMessage without any issues. If you continue to experience problems, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy messaging!

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