How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone/Mac

iMessage is a great messaging app to communicate with your Apple friends but if this has somehow become annoying to you, you may want to disable it. Here we show you how to turn off iMessage on iPhone and various other devices.

Roger Smith Posted on: Jun. 04, 2018, Last Updated: Oct. 16, 2019

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If you are an iPhone user or if you use any of the Apple devices, chances are you also use the Apple iMessage app to send and receive instant messaging on your devices. The service lets you quickly send messages to any of your recipients that use the service on their compatible devices.

Sometimes, though, you may want to disable the service for various reasons. Maybe you no longer wish to use it and you have already switched to WhatsApp or a similar service. Or maybe you are getting too many annoying messages on iMessage and you want to put it on hold for some time. Regardless, disabling the service only takes a few clicks and below is how you turn off iMessage on your various devices.

Part 1. How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone/iPad

iPhone is the primary device where most users use the Apple iMessage service. Deactivating the service on this device is pretty easy and works the same way regardless of your iPhone model. The process of disabling the iMessage on iPad is similar to an iPhone. Here is how you disable iMessage on an iPhone:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app from the springboard on your iPhone.

Step 2. When the app opens, tap on the option that says Messages. It will open the messages settings panel.

Step 3. On the following screen, you will find an option saying iMessage at the very top of the screen. Turn the toggle for this option to the OFF position.

How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone - Step 1

How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone – Step 1

Step 4. Head back to Settings and tap on FaceTime. Turn this option OFF as well.

How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone - Step 2

How to Turn off iMessage on iPhone – Step 2

Part 2. How to Turn off iMessage on Mac

Disabling iMessage on a Mac is as simple as doing so on an iPhone. All you need to do is launch the app that lets you send an iMessage and turn off an option in there. It will get the job done for you.

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Sign out of iMessage

Step 1. Click on Launchpad in your Dock and search for and click on Messages. It will launch the Apple Messages app on your Mac.

Step 2. When the app launches, click on the Messages menu at the top and select the option that says Preferences. It will open the settings menu for you.

Access iMessage Settings on Mac

Access iMessage Settings on Mac

Step 3. Click on the Accounts tab. Then, deselect the Enable this account box for each of your accounts listed in there. It will deactivate iMessage for all the selected accounts on your Mac.

Disable iMessage on Mac

Disable iMessage on Mac

iMessage should now be disabled on your Mac. If you want, you can also sign yourself out of your iCloud account on your Mac. It will not affect the other apps or utilities that use your iCloud account on your machine.

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Adjust Message Alert

Step 1. Click on the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your Mac > Choose System Preferences from a drop-down menu item.

Step 2. System Notification window will appear, click on the Notifications icon.

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Step 2

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Step 2

Step 3. Choose “Messages” > Select the “None” for the Messages alert style.

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Step 3

How to Turn off iMessage on Mac – Step 3

Once you changed messages alert style to none, you will no longer see the irritating notification popup. But, still, you can send and receive messages on Mac device.

Part 3. How to Backup Messages/iMessage on iPhone

If you have your important messages saved in the Messages app on your iPhone, you may want to back them up before you disable the iMessage service. It is to ensure you have a copy of all of your messages before you eventually delete them from your device.

One of the best ways to backup messages or iMessage on an iPhone is to use the AnyTrans for iOS app. It provides you with a quick and easy to use method to backup your messages to your computer.

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Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer and open it > Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Choose the “Device Manager” mode > Click on the “Content to Mac (PC)” button to get the files on your device.

Backup Messages on iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Backup Messages on iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Uncheck the “Select All” button, and then check the “Messages” only > Click on the “Next” button to start making a backup of your messages.

Backup Messages on iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 3

Backup Messages on iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 3

You can go to your computer (here we take Mac for an example) > Open “Finder” > [the export path you set before] > “AnyTrans-Export” > “Messages”.

Check the Messages Backup

Check the Messages Backup

Part 4. How to Delete An iMessage Conversation

Like regular text messages, you can also delete the iMessage you have sent and received on your iPhone. Doing so only takes a few taps and here is how.

Step 1. Launch the Messages app and open the conversation you want to delete.

Step 2. Tap and hold on a message and select More. Then, tap on the delete icon at the lower-left corner of your screen.

Find the Message Delete Option for iMessages

Find the Message Delete Option for iMessages

Step 3. Select Delete Message on the following screen to actually delete the message from your device. The selected messages should be gone for good from your iPhone.

Delete an iMessage from iPhone

Delete an iMessage from iPhone

Part 5. How to Turn Off Notifications of Message on Mac

As long as iMessage is enabled on your Mac, you will get a notification each time you receive a message on your Mac. If you do not want to be constantly annoyed by these notifications, you can have them disabled on your Mac as shown below.

Step 1. Click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.

Access the Mac Settings Menu

Access the Mac Settings Menu

Step 2. Click on Notifications on the following screen to manage your Mac notifications.

Open the Notifications Settings Menu on Mac

Open the Notifications Settings Menu on Mac

Step 3. Select Messages in the apps list and click on None in the right-hand side pane. iMessage notifications are now disabled on your Mac.

Disable iMessage Notifications on Mac

Disable iMessage Notifications on Mac

The Bottom Line

If you have decided not to use iMessage on your iPhone and Mac anymore, the above guide will help you turn it off on your devices. That way you will no longer get any notifications or iMessage on your devices.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.