How to Stop Messages on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly being interrupted by messages on your Mac? Whether it’s iMessages, SMS, or other messaging apps, these notifications can be distracting and disrupt your workflow.

Fortunately, there are several ways to stop messages on Mac and regain your focus. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to help you manage and control these interruptions effectively.

Method 1: Enabling Do Not Disturb

If you want to temporarily silence all incoming messages, enabling the Do Not Disturb feature is a simple solution. This feature allows you to silence notifications for a specific period or indefinitely until turned off manually. Here’s how to enable Do Not Disturb:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Notifications. “

  4. On the left-hand side of the Notifications window, click on “Do Not Disturb.

  5. Tick the box next to “Turn On Do Not Disturb. “

You can also customize additional options such as allowing calls from specific contacts or allowing repeated calls to go through even when Do Not Disturb is enabled.

Method 2: Disabling Notifications for Specific Apps

If you only want to stop messages from a particular app while still receiving notifications from others, you can disable notifications for that specific app. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to System Preferences > Notifications (as explained in Method 1).

  2. In the left-hand panel of the Notifications window, select the app you want to disable notifications for.

  3. Uncheck the box next to “Allow Notifications.”

This will prevent any notifications from that app from appearing on your screen, including messages.

Method 3: Sign Out of Messaging Apps

If you want to completely stop receiving messages on Mac, signing out of messaging apps is a foolproof method. Here’s how to do it for some popular messaging apps:


  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.

  2. In the top menu bar, click on “Messages” and select “Preferences.”

  3. In the Preferences window, go to the “Accounts” tab.

  4. Select your iMessage account and click on “Sign Out.”

Other Messaging Apps

The steps to sign out of other messaging apps may vary. In general, look for account or settings options within the app and find the option to log out or sign out of your account.

Method 4: Do Not Disturb While Presenting

If you often present or share your screen and don’t want message notifications popping up during those times, you can enable the “Do Not Disturb While Presenting” feature. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.

  2. Tick the box next to “When mirroring to TVs and projectors. “

This will automatically enable Do Not Disturb whenever you connect your Mac to an external display or projector.


By following these methods, you can effectively stop messages on your Mac and regain control over your notifications. Whether you need a temporary break or a more permanent solution, these techniques will help you minimize distractions and stay focused on your tasks.

Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between staying connected and maintaining productivity. Experiment with different methods to find what works best for you.

So go ahead, take control of your notifications, and create a more productive working environment on your Mac!

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