A Complete Guide: How to Log Out of iMessage on Mac

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iMessage is an instant message service that most of us have used for a long time. The feature gives a seamless experience on Mac to receive and send messages while working. Since we keep ourselves signed in, most of us do not know how to log out of iMessage on Mac. So, here is a complete guide on it.

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How to Log Out of iMessage on Mac

how to log out of imessage app in mac

If you want to see the notifications of the iMessages on Mac, there are two ways you can do it. One, you can deactivate iMessage.

Two, you can sign out of iMessage on your mac. Three, turn off the notifications.

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1. Deactivate iMessage on Mac

Suppose you do not want to be distracted by constant messages and would like to deactivate your messaging application. This is how you can do it.

Step 1# Open the Messages app.

Step 2# Click on the Messages tab in the top menu and select the Preferences option in the drop-down menu.

messages mac app preferences screenshot

Step 3# Then, switch to Accounts.

Step 4# Click on the iMessages Account on the left side of the panel.

imessages account

Step 5# Now, uncheck on the Enable this account button, and you are done.

This will prevent you from receiving any notifications.

2. Log out of iMessage on Mac

You can log out of your iMessage account if you do not want to use iMessage on a Mac.

Step 1# Firstly, open the messaging app on your mac. Then, press the Command+Space bar and search it.

Step 2# Click on the Messages from the top left side Menu and chose Preferences.

Step 3# Select iMessage

Step 4# If you want to stop your iMessage notifications, uncheck the box as per your preferences

Step 5# If you want to stop using the messaging application, click Sign Out on the right and confirm.

log out of imessages app on mac

3. Turning off notifications on iMessage

If you are looking towards partially pausing the notifications from your iMessage, you can disable the account. Here is how you can do it.

turn off notifications in imessage mac app

Step 1# Click on the Apple Logo on the top left-hand side menu bar

Step 2# Select the System Preferences in the drop-down menu.

Step 3# Now, select the Notification tab on the next screen

Step 4# Choose the Messages on the left-hand side panel

Step 5# In the right-hand side panel, turn off the Allow Notification button, and you are done.

Bonus Tip

If you do not want to do any of these, but want to remove your account from the apple ID, then here is how to do it.

Step 1# Go to the Safari browser on your Mac device

Step 2# Click on the Apple ID page and Login into your Apple ID account

Step 3# After logging in, scroll down to the Devices section

Step 4# Select the Mac device you want to remove

Step 5# Click on the Remove from account option, and you are done.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is iMessage?

iMessage is Apple’s in-built messaging service. It is a free service where you can send and receive messages using wireless data. It can work on any Apple device, such as iPhone, iPad, and Mac. To access iMessages, you need Wi-Fi or mobile data for sure.

How do I remove my phone number from iMessage on mac?

Click on Preferences—iMessage—uncheck your phone number from which you can be reached for messages.

Can I use iMessage on Mac without an iPhone?

iMessage does not require you to have an iPhone. You can sign in using your Apple ID and start using iMessage on Mac.

Can iMessage work on Android devices?

No. Any android device can’t use iMessage. This is only available for Apple devices.

Does iMessage use my data plan?

Yes. iMessage can work with both data plans as well as Wi-Fi.

Can iMessage work in Airplane mode?

Yes. You can send and receive iMessages when connected to in-flight Wi-Fi, even if you are on Airplane mode. Here is how to do it.

Go to Settings—Turn on Airplane mode—Turn on Airplane—Enable Wi-Fi by going to settings—Connect your device to the network—Open the messages app—Turn off Airplane mode—Click ok.