How to Unsync Imessage on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Unsync iMessage on Mac

If you’re an Apple user, you’re likely familiar with iMessage, a convenient messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages across your Apple devices. However, there may be instances where you want to unsync iMessage on your Mac. Whether you’re switching to a different messaging platform or simply want to disable iMessage temporarily, this tutorial will guide you through the process.

Step 1: Open Messages

To begin, open the Messages app on your Mac. You can typically find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.

Step 2: Access Preferences

In the top menu bar, click on “Messages” and then select “Preferences.” Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Comma (,).

Step 3: Navigate to Accounts

In the Preferences window that appears, click on the “Accounts” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of all the accounts linked to your Messages app.

Step 4: Select iMessage Account

In the left sidebar of the Accounts tab, locate and select your iMessage account. It will typically be listed as your Apple ID or iCloud account.

Step 5: Uncheck “Enable this Account”

In the main section of the Preferences window, uncheck the box next to “Enable this Account.” This will disable iMessage syncing for this particular account on your Mac.


If you have multiple accounts listed in Step 4 and only want to unsync a specific account from iMessage while keeping others active, make sure to deselect only that account.

Step 6: Close Preferences

Once you’ve unchecked the “Enable this Account” box, click the “X” button at the top-left corner of the Preferences window to close it. Your changes will be automatically saved.

Step 7: Verify Unsyncing

To confirm that iMessage has been successfully unsynced on your Mac, try sending a message from another Apple device to your Mac. If iMessage is disabled, the message should not appear in your Messages app on your Mac.

That’s it! You have successfully unsynced iMessage on your Mac. Remember that by disabling iMessage syncing, you will no longer be able to send or receive messages through this service on your Mac until you re-enable it.

If you ever decide to re-sync iMessage on your Mac, simply follow these steps again and check the “Enable this Account” box in the Preferences window for your iMessage account.

  • Tips:
  • If you want to completely sign out of iMessage on your Mac instead of just unsyncing it, follow these steps:
    • In Step 4, select your iMessage account.
    • In Step 5, click on the “-” button below the accounts list to remove your iMessage account from Messages completely.


Unsyncing iMessage can be helpful if you want to streamline your messaging experience or switch to a different platform temporarily. By following these simple steps, you can easily disable iMessage syncing on your Mac. Remember that you can always re-enable it whenever needed!

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