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How to stop iMessage from popping up on your iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

iMessage popping up across Apple devices

If you're using iCloud® to sync your texts across all your Apple® devices, you know how convenient it is. You never miss a message. But sometimes, you may want to turn this feature off. We'll show you how to do it.

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Why would you want to turn off iMessage

The iMessage app is handy: It lets you see all your messages on not only your iPhone but also your iPad®, Mac®, and Apple Watch®. But there are moments, and reasons, you may want to turn them off. Maybe you're watching a movie on your iPad and the notifications become distracting. Or maybe you share an AppleID® with your partner and don't want a delivery notification to pop up and spoil their surprise birthday present.

Whatever the reason, it's easy to turn off iMessage pop-ups—or at least silence the notifications. We'll walk you through what to do for different devices.

How to turn off iMessage on your iPad

To turn off iPhone text notifications on your iPad, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Messages, and switch iMessage off.

How to sign out of iMessage or silence notifications on your Mac

If you don't want to get messages on your Mac, you can sign out of iMessage, which will also sign you out of your Apple ID, or you can stay signed in but silence your notifications. Pick whatever method works for you.

Turn off iMessage on your Mac:

  1. Open the Messages app. (If it's not on your dock, go to the Applications folder in Finder.)
  2. Click Messages on the upper menu bar, and select Preferences.
  3. Click the iMessages tab, then click Sign Out.

Silence iMessage notifications on your Mac:

  1. Open the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences, then click the Notifications & Focus icon.
  3. From the list of apps on the left side, select Messages.
  4. Turn off Allow Notifications.

How to turn off iMessage alerts on your Apple Watch

Although it's not possible to sign out of iMessage on your Apple Watch, you can turn off notifications. To do so, follow these simple steps:

From the Watch app in your iPhone:

  1. Go to My Watch > Messages.
  2. Choose Custom, and turn off Show Alerts.

From your Apple Watch:

  1. Touch and hold the top of the watch face.
  2. When the Notification Center appears, swipe down.
  3. Swipe left on the iMessage notification, then tap More.
  4. You can mute notifications for the rest of the day, for an hour, or turn them off completely.

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