Turn Off Those Pesky iMessage Notifications!

If you find this useful please share it!


Running iMessage (formerly iChat) on your Mac is awesome, because you can send messages to other Mac, iPhone and iPad users from your computer. But those popup alerts notifications can be really annoying, intrusive, and even a privacy issue. Here’s how to turn off those alert popups.

First, this is the sort of alert we are talking about – the notification that pops up in the upper right-hand corner of your screen:

imessage alert


Now, you would think that the way to turn these off would be within the preferences of iMessage. However, with the newer versions of OS X, there is actually a “notifications” setting within System Preferences, just like there is on an iPhone or iPad. And that’s the secret.

system preferences notifications

Click on Notifications, and select the iMessages settings:

(Article continues below)
Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!
Or Read Internet Patrol Articles Right in Your Inbox!
as Soon as They are Published! Only $1 a Month!

Imagine being able to read full articles right in your email, or on your phone, without ever having to click through to the website unless you want to! Just $1 a month and you can cancel at any time!
Turn Off Those Pesky iMessage Notifications!

turn off imessage alerts

There you will see that the alert setting for iMessage is defaulted to “Banners”.

imessage preferences alert settings

We know you're sick of ads on websites. But we still need to pay to keep the lights on for you. So instead of huge ads and video ads, we use smaller, plainer ads. Still, if you'd like to support the Internet Patrol but not the ads, please consider supporting us here:
Donate via Paypal
Other Amount:

Change that to “None”, and you will have banished those pesky alerts!

turn off imessage popup alertsturn off imessage popup alerts

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free? Thank you!

Turn Off Those Pesky iMessage Notifications!

Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles!
People also searched for if you quit imessage ap do pop up messages still come in, get rid of alerts pn iphone when nrw message comes in, hownto turn off imessage alert, how to shut off peoples names for imessage notifications, how to view google alert imessage popups on mac, how to not have have name pop up when getting a imessage, if i disable notification for imessage will i still get a text, why turn off imessage to avoid notifications, imessage notifications, turn off Imessage alerts

If you find this useful please share it!

17 Replies to “Turn Off Those Pesky iMessage Notifications!”

  1. I cannot turn them off.
    I tried this to the letter and some.
    Apple is a piece of shit in many ways.
    I cannot stop any of this stuff from opening on start up.

  2. I have done all of this and logged out of my account on iMessage, yet, every time I open my phone to text or receive a text, the iMessage bubble STILL pops up on the bottom left corner of my screen, and NOTHING is making it stop. I don’t want it popping up at all.


  4. That doesn’t work anymore, set to Do not Disturb and still the social agent and messages are popping up while I am working. What a nuisance Apple builds into it’s system. There is no way to shut this damn thing off. Has anyone got a real work around on this, its July 18, 2015 and still no way to shut this off.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *