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:
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.
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Click on Notifications, and select the iMessages settings:
There you will see that the alert setting for iMessage is defaulted to “Banners”.
Change that to “None”, and you will have banished those pesky alerts!
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