Here is the best way to turn off iMessage on mac.
One of the great things about using a Mac with your iPhone is the integration between the two platforms, especially when it comes to connectivity. You can route phone calls and even send text messages from your iPhone to Mac.
This synchronization can be a mixed blessing. Yes, getting messages on Mac is convenient, but the constant stream of alerts can be very distracting. Want to turn off fire hose alerts? Or even completely delete messages from Mac? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a solution for you.
Turn off iMessage on your Mac
There are three ways to stop using Messages on the Mac. First, you can sign out of your Apple account to stop receiving messages on that device. After logging out, you will not be able to send or receive messages on Mac. This is a great solution if you want to block messages completely. However, this method is the most permanent.
If you want to re-enable Messages in the future, you will need to first log into your account with your username and password before you can re-enable your account.
Second, you can turn off iMessage on your Mac. This option turns off messages, but allows you to stay signed in to your Apple account. This choice makes it easier to re-enable messages since you only need to reactivate the account to start receiving messages again.
Third, you can block sending messages to your iPhone’s phone number or to your Apple ID. This method stops all messages to that specific phone number or id. Unlike other more persistent messages, this setting keeps the Messages app active and you stay signed in to your Apple account.
- Open LaunchPad in the dock at the bottom of the screen.
- Find and select the Messages app to open it on your Mac.
- Select Messages> Preferences in the upper left corner of the menu bar.
- Select the iMessage tab, and then select Settings.
- Choose one of the following three options:
6. Disable your Apple ID in messages. Check the box next to “Enable this account” to uncheck and disable messages on Mac.
7. Sign out of your Apple account: Click the Sign out button on the right and then confirm that you want to sign out of your Apple ID in messages.
If you use Messages on iPhone or iPad, you can continue to send text messages on those devices normally without any interruptions. If you’re only using a Mac, changing these preferences will change your online status for Messages. For example, when you make Messages inactive, your status will be displayed as Offline.
Permanently turn off notifications
You may still want to receive and read messages on your Mac, but you don’t need to receive alerts for every one of them. The best option, in this case, is to turn off notifications permanently. You can still read your messages on your Mac, but you won’t receive any alerts.
- Select the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your screen.
- Select “System Preferences”.
- Select “Notifications” to open the notification settings.
- Scroll until you find the Messages app in the left pane.
- Select the Messaging app on the left.
- Uncheck the “Allow notifications from messages” check box for the application.
Once deselected, you will no longer receive any alerts from the messaging app.
Turn off alerts for specific conversations
You may have a conversation or two that are responsible for most of your alerts. You can simply turn off notifications for these conversations only while leaving other message alerts. This is a great compromise as it allows you to choose what you turn on / off without having to turn everything off
- Open the Messages app on your Mac.
- Select the conversation for which you want to mute.
- Select “Details” in the upper right corner.
- Select Do Not Disturb.
You should see a Do Not Disturb icon next to the conversation you have disconnected. If you want to receive alerts again, simply follow the steps above and clear the Do Not Disturb check box to receive message notifications again.
Tip: If you have a trackpad or Magic Mouse, you can shorten the steps by hovering over the conversation you want to mute and then swiping two fingers to the right over the conversation in the sidebar. This gesture opens the Do Not Disturb button. Just press a button to turn off alerts for that conversation.
Disable iMessage on Mac
Apple Messages can be a great communication tool, but sometimes you don’t want to be distracted on your Mac. Using the methods above, you can turn off iMessage on your Mac completely, or just turn it off for a short time.
Apple designed messaging to work independently, so even if you turn off iMessage on Mac, you can still send and receive messages on your iPhone or iPad. If you change your mind about getting messages on your Mac, you can easily turn it on and messaging will resume where it left off.
This is the best part of Apple’s messaging platform: you can customize it to suit your needs and then adapt as the situation changes.