How to Stop iMessage Delivery to iPad and Mac (or Other Devices)

Apple designed iMessage to be seamless across all your devices. This is why you can send and receive iMessages from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. (It has extended this functionality to SMS too, with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite vide Continuity.)

But what if you want to stop iMessage from going to your iPad or your Mac? What if you want to restrict iMessages to iPhone-only? This is not a very popular user-case (because the seamlessness and cross-device compatibility of iMessage is an important feature) but when you want to prevent iMessages going to your iPad (or other devices), here are some tips.

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How to Prevent iMessages From Going to iPad and other iDevices

How to Prevent iMessages From Going to iPad and Other Devices

#1. Turning off iMessage

One of the easiest ways to prevent iMessages from being sent to your iPad or Mac is to turn off the iMessage switch. Turning off iMessage on a device turns off iMessage on that device only.

To Turn off iMessage:

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  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Messages
  • Turn off the switch for iMessage

How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone and iPad
This is a blanket solution though. When you turn off iMessage, you won’t be able to send any iMessage too.

#2. Tweaking Send & Receive

There’s another option that prevents your Apple ID to be associated to your iMessage account. Doing this will make sure iMessages don’t get sent to devices where the Apple ID acts as the iMessage receiver.

To Tweak Send and Receive on your iPhone

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  • Go to Settings
  • Open Messages
  • Scroll down and tap on Send & Receive
  • Now tap on the email id under ‘You Can Be Reached By iMessage At‘ label to de-select it. Like this:

How to Tweak iMessage Send and Receive on iPhone

Make sure your iPad doesn’t have the number associated with iMessage. (Can be checked through Settings -> Messages -> Send & Receive). Once done, your iPad should stop receiving iMessages.

#3. Tweaking Notifications

If all that is just too much, there’s a simpler reprieve although it doesn’t technically stop iMessages from showing up on your iPad. Here’s what we’re talking about: Notifications.

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To Tweak Notifications on your iPad:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Notifications
  • Scroll down and tap on Messages
  • Tap on None as shown

How To Tweak Notifications on iPad

That’s about it. Note that this will turn off all message alerts. Assuming that your iPad only gets iMessages (and that’s what you’ve been trying to stop or disable), this should be just fine.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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