How to Stop Text Messages on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Text messages on Mac can be quite distracting, especially when you are trying to focus on important tasks. Fortunately, there are ways to stop these messages from popping up and interrupting your workflow. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to disable text message notifications on your Mac.

Method 1: Turn off iMessage Notifications

If you want to stop receiving text message notifications altogether, you can disable iMessage notifications on your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Step 2: Click on “Messages” in the menu bar and select “Preferences”.
  3. Step 3: In the Preferences window, go to the “Notifications” tab.
  4. Step 4: Uncheck the box next to “Show notifications on lock screen” and “Show notifications in Notification Center”.

Method 2: Enable Do Not Disturb Mode

If you still want to receive text messages but don’t want them to disrupt your workflow, you can enable Do Not Disturb mode. This will silence all incoming notifications temporarily. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  2. Step 2: In System Preferences, click on “Notifications”.
  3. Step 3: Select the “Do Not Disturb” option from the left sidebar.
  4. Step 4: Check the box next to “Turn on Do Not Disturb” and configure the settings according to your preference.

Method 3: Forward Messages to Another Device

If you have other Apple devices like an iPhone or iPad, you can forward text messages to them and disable notifications on your Mac. This way, you can still access your messages without being interrupted. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: On your iPhone or iPad, go to “Settings” and select “Messages”.
  2. Step 2: Tap on “Text Message Forwarding”.
  3. Step 3: Toggle the switch next to your Mac’s name to enable message forwarding.


In this tutorial, we explored different methods to stop text message notifications on your Mac. Whether you want to completely disable notifications, enable Do Not Disturb mode, or forward messages to another device, these methods will help you regain control over your workflow without being constantly interrupted by text message alerts.

Remember that these settings can be easily reversed if you decide to receive text message notifications again in the future. Choose the method that suits your needs best and enjoy a distraction-free working environment on your Mac!

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