How to Delete iMessage From Your Mac

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Are you wondering if you can delete IMessage from your Mac? The answer is yes, you can. IMessage is an Apple app that comes pre-installed on macOS and it allows users to communicate with other Apple users for free. While there’s no way to actually “delete” the IMessage app from your Mac, thre are ways to manage your messages and attachments so that they don’t take up storage space on your device.

The first step you should take is to disable Messages in iCloud. This will ensure that any messages or attachments you delete from your Mac will remain on all of the other devices connected to your Apple ID. To do this, open System Preferences and select Notifications. Then click Application Notifications and choose Messages from the list on the right side of the window. Finally, click “Disable Messages in iCloud” and confirm your selection by clicking “Done”.

Once Messages in iCloud has been disabled, you can go ahead and delete individual messages and attachments from your Mac. To do this, open the Messages app and select the conversation or message thread that contains the messages or attachments you want to remove. Right-click on those items and select Delete Conversation or Delete Message(s) as appropriate. If thre are multiple conversations or threads that need to be deleted, you can select them all at once by holding down the Command key while clicking each one with your mouse pointer.

It’s also worth noting that if you have a large number of messages or attachments stored on your Mac that need to be removed, it may be more efficient to use Finder instead of manually deleting them one-by-one through the Messages app. To do this, open Finder and navigate to ~/Library/Messages where all of your conversations are stored in a group of folders named afer the sender or recipient email address associated with each conversation thread. Then simply drag any unwanted conversations into the Trash folder located at the bottom left corner of Finder (or press Command + Delete).

while there’s no way to completely delete IMessage from a Mac computer, there are ways for users who want more control over their data usage to manage their messages and attachments so they don’t take up unnecessary storage space on their device. With a few simple steps outlined above, anyne can easily delete messages or attachments they no longer need while leaving any remaining items intact for future reference.

Uninstalling iMessage on Mac

No, you canot uninstall iMessage on Mac. iMessage is an Apple messaging service that’s built into the macOS operating system, so it can’t be uninstalled like a regular app. However, you can remove individual messages and attachments from the Messages app if you don’t want to keep them.

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Deleting iMessages from Mac but Not iPhone

Yes, you can delete iMessages from your Mac but not your iPhone. To do this, you’ll need to disable Messages in iCloud on your Mac. This will stop the messages from beig synced across all devices connected to your Apple ID, so any messages you delete from your Mac will remain on your iPhone.

Stopping Text Messages from Going to Mac

To stop text messages from going to your Mac, go to your Mac’s System Preferences, then click Notifications in the sidebar. Go to Application Notifications on the right and click Messages. Then, you can uncheck the ‘Allow notifications from Messages’ box to turn off all incoming text message notifications. You can also customize other settings like the style of notification or were it shows up, if you wish.

Effect of Deleting IMessage on Mac on All Devices

Yes, if you use Messages in iCloud, deleting a message or conversation on your Mac will delete it from all your devices where Messages in iCloud is enabled. When you enable Messages in iCloud, all your messages and conversations are stored in the cloud and kept up to date on each device where you’re signed in with your Apple ID. This means that when you delete a message or conversation on one device, it’s also deleted from all of your oter devices.

Why Is It Not Possible to Delete iMessages on a Mac?

The reason you can’t delete iMessages on your Mac is because the Messages app doesn’t provide an option to completely clear your history. While deleting the ~/Library/Messages folder will remove some data, it won’t stop messages from showing in the app. In order to completely erase your iMessage history, you’ll need to manually delete all of the conversations from your Mac one by one.

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Stopping iMessage Sharing Between iPhone and Mac

In order to stop iMessages from beng shared between your iPhone and Mac, you will need to sign out of iMessage on both devices. First, on your Mac, open the Messages app and then select ‘Messages’ > ‘Preferences’. Click on ‘iMessage’, then select ‘Settings’. From there, click on the ‘Sign Out’ button and then confirm that you want to sign out.

On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap on your Apple ID at the top of the page. Select ‘iCloud’ and then scroll down until you see ‘iMessage’. Disable the toggle next to it in order to sign out of iMessage. Once you have signed out of iMessage on both devices, messages will no longer be shared beteen them.

Unlinking iPhone and Mac Messages

To unlink your iPhone and Mac messages, you’ll need to open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on Messages, then scroll down and tap on Text Message Forwarding. Make sure all devices are turned off, and your messages will no longer appear on your Mac. If you want to keep using Messages between your iPhone and Mac, you can still leave Text Message Forwarding enabled for whichever device you wish to continue using with it.

Turning Off iMessage on Mac but Keeping it on iPhone

To turn off iMessage on your Mac but keep it enabled on your iPhone, you will need to follow these steps:
1. On your Mac, open iMessage and click the Messages menu at the top left.
2. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
3. Choose the iMessage tab and then select Sign Out.
4. On your iPhone, open Settings and select Messages.
5. Make sure that the iMessage toggle switch is in the “on” position (it shuld be green).
6. You should now be able to use iMessage on your iPhone while it is disabled on your Mac.


In conclusion, Macs are a great choice for users who want to take advantage of their powerful hardware, intuitive design, and secure operating system. With macOS, you can enjoy a wide range of features, such as Messages for sending and receiving messages between devices and iCloud for storing your data securely. Apple makes it easy to customize your experience with notifications, themes, and more. No matter what you need your Mac for, it’s sure to provide a great experience every time.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.