How to Turn Off Imessages on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of receiving iMessages on your Mac? Whether you want to temporarily disable iMessages or permanently turn them off, we’ve got you covered.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to disable iMessages on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Option 1: Temporarily Turn Off iMessages on Mac

If you want to stop receiving iMessages on your Mac for a short period of time, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Messages app: Launch the Messages app from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Go to Preferences: Click on “Messages” in the menu bar and select “Preferences.”
  3. Select the Accounts tab: In the Preferences window, click on the “Accounts” tab.
  4. Uncheck your Apple ID: Uncheck the box next to your Apple ID under the “Accounts” tab.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned off iMessages temporarily on your Mac. Remember, this method only disables iMessages while keeping other messaging services active.

Option 2: Permanently Disable iMessages on Mac

If you want to permanently turn off iMessages on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences.”
  2. Select iCloud: In the System Preferences window, click on “iCloud.”
  3. Deselect Messages: Uncheck the box next to “Messages” to disable iMessages on your Mac.

Great job! You have successfully disabled iMessages on your Mac permanently. Now, you won’t receive any iMessages on your Mac until you enable them again.

What Happens When You Disable iMessages?

When you turn off iMessages on your Mac, your Apple ID will no longer be associated with the Messages app. This means that any messages sent to your Apple ID will only be delivered to your other devices, such as iPhone or iPad, if they are still enabled for iMessages.

However, please note that turning off iMessages on your Mac does not affect SMS text messages, which are managed separately. Your regular text messages will continue to be received on your iPhone or other cellular devices.


Disabling iMessages on your Mac can be a helpful solution when you need a break from constant notifications or want to focus solely on other messaging platforms. Whether you choose to temporarily turn off iMessages or permanently disable them, it’s a simple process that can make a big difference in managing your communication preferences.

We hope this tutorial has been informative and engaging. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us!

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