How to Turn Off Text Notifications on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to turn off text notifications on your Mac! If you find text notifications distracting or simply want to take a break from them, this guide will show you how to disable them. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences.” This will open the System Preferences window.

Step 2: Access Notifications

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Notifications” icon. This will bring up the Notifications preferences pane.

Step 3: Find Messages in the Sidebar

In the left sidebar of the Notifications preferences pane, scroll down and locate “Messages.” Click on it to access the notification settings for Messages.

Step 4: Customize Message Notifications

Once you have selected “Messages” in the sidebar, you will see various options for customizing its notifications. To turn off text notifications completely, uncheck the box next to “Allow Notifications.”

Note: If you only want to temporarily disable text notifications, you can leave “Allow Notifications” checked and instead adjust other settings like sound or banners as per your preference.

Step 5: Repeat for Other Apps

If you receive text notifications from other apps as well and wish to disable them, follow these steps for each individual app:

  • Click on another app in the left sidebar of the Notifications preferences pane.
  • Uncheck the box next to “Allow Notifications” or customize other notification settings as desired.
  • Repeat this process for each app you want to disable text notifications for.

Step 6: Close System Preferences

Once you have finished customizing your notification settings, close the System Preferences window. Your changes will take effect immediately, and you will no longer receive text notifications on your Mac.


You have successfully turned off text notifications on your Mac! Following these steps, you can easily customize and manage which apps send you notifications and which ones don’t. Remember that you can always revisit the Notifications preferences pane to re-enable notifications or make further adjustments as needed.

I hope this tutorial was helpful. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to explore our other tutorials or reach out to our support team. Happy computing!

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