How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac

How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac

While many users appreciate being able to receive text messages no matter which Apple device they’re using, a number of us may find the constant iMessage notifications while working on our Mac a bit distracting. If you feel the same way, here’s how to quickly turn off iMessage notifications on your Mac.

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Click the Messages menu item in the Menu Bar, and click onĀ “Preferences.”How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac
  3. In the Messages Preferences window, click the “Accounts” tab.
  4. Click the account you wish to disable in the left pane, then click the “Enable this account” checkbox to clear it.How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac
  5. Click the “Sign Out” button.

The above steps will completely turn off sending and receiving iMessages on your Mac. But what if you just want to turn off the constant notifications, and retain the ability to use Messages when you wish to?

  1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left hand corner of the Menu Bar of your Desktop.How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac
  2. Click the “System preferences…” menu item.
  3. Click the “Notifications” icon in the System Preferences window.How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac
  4. Select “Messages” in the left-hand pane.How To: Turn Off Receiving iMessages on Your Mac
  5. Click “None” for the “Messages alert style.”

Now, you won’t be bothered by Notifications for the Messages app, but will still be able to send and receive them on your Mac, as needed.

  1. Bob D says:

    Good article. What is the difference between signing out of iMessage and just unchecking “enable this account”? Thanks!

  2. edel says:

    Thank you

  3. Christina says:

    My MacBook Air does not give me the “Enable this Account” box to uncheck when I am under “Accounts.” I can’t even click my account, but it does show up on the left in the list like it should. Am I doing something wrong?

  4. Christina says:

    Nevermind! I quit out of the app and went back in; it was there!

  5. Derek L Wittlief says:

    I turned notifications off in System Preferences and Signed out. I STILL get the notification pop up next to my dock at the bottom each time I open the text app on my phone. Very annoying and I can’t seem to get rid of it.

  6. AKrav says:

    Problem is, even if you’re completely signed out of the app, where all accounts are disabled as well, any old messages that already came through are still available. The iMessage welcome screen gives you a “Not Now” option instead of signing in with an appleID. The following screen still provides full access to all old e-mails on the app. How in the world do we get rid of this? I never selected the archive option to begin with. Even verified that there isn’t an Archive folder in my ~/Library/Messages folder. Any help is appreciated.

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    I have looked for the answer to my question on so many websites and I was left with no answer. I even looked on the apple website and couldn’t find a answer. It wasn’t until I came upon this website that I found the solution. Thank you

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