For some people using iMessage on Mac can be convenient, but for others, it can be a distraction or privacy invasion. If you feel this way, you may want to know how to sign out of iMessage on Mac. This easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the steps.
How to sign out of iMessage on Mac
We’ll use two simple methods to turn off iMessage on your Mac:
- Disable iMessage on your Mac
- Disable iMessage on your phone
Method #1: Disable iMessage on your Mac
Step 1: Open Messages located on the dock of your MacBook. Or click on the search icon on the upper right-hand side of your screen, start typing “Messages” you should see the app appears in the “TOP HIT” results.
Step 2: In the Messages menu bar, click on “Preferences”.
Step 3: Click the account you want to sign out in the left panel.
Step 4: Next to your Apple ID, on the right click on “Sign out”.
A pop-up window will appear, click sign out again to confirm. By doing this, it will disable the ability of your Mac to receive and send text messages through that account.
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Method #2: Disable iMessage on your phone
Step 1: Grab your iPhone and tap “Settings”.
Step 2: Then, scroll down and tap on “Messages”.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap on “Send and Receive”.
Step 4: Under the “You can be reached by iMessage at” section, you’ll see a list of email addresses and the phone number you used when you set up your iPhone for the first time.
Your phone number is checked by default and also grayed out, so you cannot uncheck it. Just tap on any email addresses that are checked to disable them.
This will allow Messages to only communicate with your phone number. Your Mac will lose the ability to receive and send text messages.
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