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How to sign out of iMessage on Mac (2024 Guide)

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

To temporarily sign out of iMessage, you can disable your iMessage account on your Mac through the app preferences. Follow these steps to do it!

  1. Open the Messages app on Mac.
  2. Click Messages from the menu bar and select Settings.
  3. Click on iMessage and uncheck Enable Messages in iCloud.

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

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 signing out of iMessage on 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.

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  • Ava

    Ava is a die-hard Apple aficionado and seasoned writer with a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into easily digestible content. Having honed her writing and editing skills over 3 years at renowned media houses like TechBurner, Ava crafts informative and engaging articles including troubleshooting guides, product reviews, editorials at iGeeksBlog. When not typing, you can find her exploring the latest Apple releases or pondering the future of tech innovation.

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