How to Stop Imessages From Going to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to stop iMessages from going to your Mac. By default, when you have multiple Apple devices linked to the same iCloud account, your iMessages will be delivered to all of them. This can be convenient for some users, but it might become annoying if you frequently use your iPhone and don’t want every message appearing on your Mac.

Disable iMessage on Mac

If you want to stop iMessages from going to your Mac altogether, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Launch the Messages app on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.
  2. Step 2: In the top menu bar, click on Messages, then select Preferences.
  3. Step 3: Go to the iMessage tab.
  4. Step 4: Uncheck the box that says “Enable this account”.

This will disable iMessage on your Mac completely. You will no longer receive any iMessages on your computer.

Selectively Disable iMessage Forwarding

If you still want to receive some iMessages on your Mac but not all of them, you can selectively disable iMessage forwarding. This way, you can choose which devices receive certain messages.

  1. Step 1: On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Messages.
  3. Step 3: Tap on Text Message Forwarding.
  4. Step 4: You will see a list of devices linked to your iCloud account. Toggle off the devices you don’t want to receive iMessages on.

Note that disabling iMessage forwarding will only prevent regular SMS text messages from being forwarded to your Mac. If the sender is using iMessage, those messages might still appear on your computer if you have it enabled.


In this tutorial, we’ve learned how to stop iMessages from going to your Mac. Whether you want to disable iMessage completely or selectively forward messages, these steps should help you achieve that. It’s always good to have control over your devices and choose where your messages appear.

If you change your mind in the future and want to re-enable iMessage on your Mac or enable forwarding for specific devices, simply follow the same steps but reverse them accordingly.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful for you!

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