How to sign out of iMessage on Mac: 5 Easy Steps

Whether you’re switching devices, selling your Mac, or want to get rid of distracting message notifications, signing out of iMessage offers you control and peace of mind. In this guide, I’ll take you through the easy steps on how to log out of iMessage on Mac.

How to Sign out of iMessage on Mac

  1. Launch the Spotlight Search (cmd + Space Bar).
  2. Search and open Messages on your Mac.

    Launch the Spotlight Search and open the Messages app

  3. Click Messages in the menu bar → Head to Settings.

    Click Messages in the menu bar and head to Settings

  4. Go to the iMessage section → Ensure to be on the Settings tab.
  5. Click the Sign Out button next to your Apple ID.

    Go to the iMessage section, ensure to be on the Settings tab and click the Sign Out button next to your Apple ID

How to turn off iMessage notifications on Mac

You may get rid of message notifications without logging out of iMessage on your Mac. Follow the steps below to stop getting notifications from the app.

  1. Navigate to the Apple logo () in the menu bar → Choose System Settings.

    Navigate to the Apple logo and choose System Settings

  2. Select Notifications → Scroll down and click Messages.

    Select Notifications and click Messages

  3. Toggle off Allow notifications.

    Toggle off the button next to Allow notifications

If you don’t want to go through all this hassle, enable the Do Not Disturb mode on your Mac.

Manage iMessage notifications on Mac

  1. Open Spotlight Search (cmd + Space Bar).
  2. Search and open the Messages app.
  3. Click Messages in the menu bar → Select Settings.

    Click Messages in the menu bar and head to Settings

  4. Go to the General tab.
  5. Disable the below-mentioned settings under Applications.
    • Notify me about messages from unknown contacts
    • Notify me when my name is mentioned

      Make sure you're on the General tab and change settings mentioned under Applications section

FAQs

Can I log out of iMessage on my Mac without affecting my iMessage account on other devices?

Yes, you can log out of iMessage on your Mac without changing anything on your iMessage accounts on other devices logged in with the same Apple ID.

Will my message history be erased if I log out of iMessage on my Mac?

No, your message history won’t be deleted if you log out of iMessage on your Mac. You’ll still find your messages on other devices where you use the same Apple ID.

Can I log back into iMessage on my Mac after I’ve signed out?

Yes, you can log back into iMessage on your Mac even if you’ve previously signed out.

What happens to my iMessage notifications after I’ve signed out on my Mac? 

After signing out of iMessage on your Mac, you won’t get notifications or alerts for new iMessages on that device until you sign back in.

How do I unlink my iMessage from my Mac to my iPhone?

To disconnect messaging from your Mac, open Messages → Click Messages in the menu bar → Settings → Go to the iMessage tabSettings tab → Uncheck your phone numbers and email addresses.

Wrapping up…

I hope the method outlined above assisted you in smoothly disconnecting your iMessage account from your Mac and limiting illegal access to your messages and personal information. Let me know in the comments why you decided to remove iMessage from your Mac.

Read more:

Readers like you help support iGeeksBlog. When you make a purchase using links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Read Disclaimer.

By