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If you’re a MacBook owner, chances are that you’ve been using iMessage to stay connected with your friends and family. However, if you want to disable iMessage on your MacBook, there are a few steps that you need to take. In this guide, we will walk you through how to turn off iMessage on your MacBook.
What to Know
Managing iMessage on a Mac is an important part of managing your communication, especially if you are using other types of messaging apps. There are several methods to manage or turn off iMessage on a Mac. The first method is to open Messages in the menu bar and select preferences. Under preferences, there is an option for iMessage and users can log out of iMessage from that area.
Notifications from Messages can be managed or turned off in System Preferences under Notifications, allowing users to toggle notifications off or limit them to prevent any interruption of important tasks. Additionally, Notification Center on Macs allows users to temporarily block notifications by moving the Do Not Disturb slider until they have time to address all messages. This article explains these various ways to manage or turn off iMessage in great detail and with specific instructions for macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Though available on other versions of macOS will vary slightly, the same basic concepts apply across macOS versions.
Turning off iMessage on MacBook
If you want to completely turn off iMessage on a Mac, you can easily do so with a few simple steps. To turn off iMessage on your Mac, first open the Messages app. From there, click Messages in the top menu bar and then select Preferences. In the General tab, uncheck the Enable this account option under the Accounts section at the bottom of the window. This will remove your account from Messages and disable iMessage functionality. You should now no longer be able to receive messages through this account on your Mac.
It’s important to note that disabling iMessage on your Mac does not affect other devices connected to your Apple ID or iCloud account – any messages sent to your Apple ID will still come through on those devices unless you sign out separately from them as well. This step only disables iCloud messaging services for one device; if you use more than one iPhone, iPad or Mac then signing out at each device is recommended for maximum privacy protection.
Hiding iMessage notifications on a MacBook
One of the best features of Mac computers is the ability to use iMessage and send text messages from your computer. While this is a great function, it can be irritating if you are receiving notifications all throughout the day. Fortunately, Apple has built in functionality that allows users to easily disable iMessage notifications on their Macs.
To start, open up your System Preference options and move to the Notifications panel. Here you will have the chance to switch off any notifications associated with iMessage. This action will effectively prevent any nagging messages or sound effects while you are working at your computer. You still will be able to use iMessage but your workflow won’t be interrupted by unnecessary notification boxes appearing on your screen. This setting can be changed at anytime by revisiting the Notifications panel so don’t worry about always being stuck with this setting enabled or disabled; it won’t affect how iMessage runs either way!
Remove unwanted iMessage conversations
Removing unwanted iMessage conversations can be a great way to take back control of your online communication. For messaging apps, one of the most inconvenient things can be the presence of constant notifications from people you don’t even want to talk to. This could include a chatty friend who sends messages at all hours, or pushy salespeople who just won’t take no for an answer. Rather than muting notifications altogether or deleting entire conversations, it is possible to remove only the conversations you don’t want to interact with. Removing a conversation from Messages can be done by right-clicking on it in the sidebar and selecting the option for ‘Delete Conversation’.
If you suspect that the conversation is spam, you can use the additional option ‘Delete and Report Junk’ so that Apple can investigate too. Additionally, it is also possible to delete groups of messages automatically using settings on both Macs and iOS devices. As such, this workflow helps promote privacy and allows users to manage their conversations how they please without having anything taking up space unnecessarily.
MacBook allow you to customize iMessage notifications
With the Messages app open on your Mac, you can customize notifications however you like. From the upper menu bar, select Preference and find Notifications in the window that opens up. You can choose when to get notified of a new message with sound alerts based on how urgent it is or if the sender is a local contact or favorite. Selecting the Message Received option will allow you to choose different alert styles for each conversation – instantly for urgent messages or at certain times for casual chat conversations. Additionally, you can specify whether you want notifications to appear in Notification Center or show an alert banner briefly at the top right corner of your screen when a message arrives. Furthermore, you can decide whether or not to always notify you when people send photos, videos and other data files in their messages. Finally, specify if and how many lines of each message should be previewed before opening its full content within Messages app. This way, users are able to make sure they only receive the necessary notifications they need while staying away from unnecessary interruptions during their day-to-day activities.
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