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How to mute or turn off iMessage notifications on Mac or MacBook

You can mute messages on Mac PC, and there are multiple ways to do it. Many users prefer to keep the alerts turned on, but it does boil to the point, where we want to do something about it. Mac does allow the users to turn off the notifications from the panel and you don’t need additional tools to achieve the goal. We are going to cover multiple ways to mute iMessage on Mac PC.

How to turn off / shut off iMessage notification on Mac

If you want to maintain 100% concentration on what’s important then it is better to turn off messages on Mac completely. You won’t get notifications or alerts whatsoever, and you have to open the app to view them. Of course, you can revert the changes instantly by following the same solution, so there is no risk of limitation.

  • Click on the Apple logo and choose “System Preferences”.
  • The settings panel will show up on the screen, and tap on “Notifications” to continue.
  • Choose “Messages” from the list.
  • Click on “Allow notifications from Message” to disable it.

Make sure that the button is grayed out, which signifies that it is disabled. You will no longer receive sounds, notifications, and other alerts, which will save you a lot of time and maintain concentration.

How to mute Specific Message in Mac

My recommendation to all readers is to mute specific threads manually, but it will prevent the users from missing important messages. I don’t want to miss messages coming from clients, customers, or loved ones. Muting one iMessage group or thread is a viable option, which might be something that you are looking for.

  • Open the “Messages” app from dock or launchpad.
  • Open the recipient thread that you want to stop receiving notifications.
  • Click on “Details” located at the top right corner of the conversation.
  • A drop-down menu shows up on the screen, and click to select the “Do Not Disturb” option.
  • Your Mac will no longer notify unread messages coming from the sender.

Make sure the “Do Not Disturb” option is marked, and you can undo the setting by following the same process. However, you will keep on receiving notifications from other recipients, so you are not missing any important texts.

Turn off Message Notification Sound on Mac

Mac owners want to receive the notifications but it gets annoying when you hear the sounds on a frequent basis. Fortunately, you can always turn off the message notification sounds and save yourself from the annoying alert. You can always revert the setting by following the same solution, so do not worry about permanent changes.

  • Click on the Apple logo located at the top panel.
  • Choose “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.
  • System Preferences window pop-up on the screen and click on “Notifications” to continue.
  • Click on “Messages” from the list.
  • Click on “Play sound for notifications” to disable it.

You will no longer hear message notification sounds and save yourself from noise pollution. Of course, you do have other options but turning off the notification sound is a viable solution. Follow the same method to enable it again and you can consider changing the tone instead.

Turn off Messages Desktop Notifications

Mac notifies the users about the unread messages in the form of desktop notifications with the sender’s name, profile, and a quick text preview. You can disable it for the time being, if you are receiving it quite often and if it is distracting you from the work. We don’t recommend it for the professionals as there is a potential that you will miss important text coming from potential clients or customers.

However, you will keep on getting sound alerts, so you are aware that there is an unread text in the Messages app. Follow the tutorial to enable/disable badges on Mac PC.

  • Tap on the Apple logo and choose “System Preferences”.
  • Tap on Notifications > Messages > Badge app icon to disable it.

Close System Preferences, and you won’t receive desktop notifications anymore, but you will hear sound alerts. In short, you are informed about the unread messages throughout the session.

Schedule Do Not Disturb Mode on your Mac PC

Readers have an option to mute the Messages app to notify the user about the new messages for a specific period. You can schedule the Mac to stop reporting new messages during that period. Allow us to show you how you can do it on Mac PC.

  • Tap on Apple Logo > System Preferences > Notifications.
  • Choose the “Do Not Disturb” option.
  • Tap and select the timings under “Turn on Do Not Disturb” mode.

Mac will stop notifying the user about the new messages, and you can disable them anytime. Keep in mind that Mac won’t display any notifications during this period, so you will miss all notifications including new emails.

Bottom Line

We have shown you multiple ways to mute messages on Mac or macOS machines, and Apple did not miss out on important options in the latest macOS edition.

Nurdin Navodiya
An avid young Blogger, Tech Writer, Web Developer and Founder of iTechCliq.com.


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