How do I permanently stop iPhone text messages from appearing on my iMac. I don't want to send/receive/view messages on my computer. I only want to use my phone for sending/receiving/viewing messages. Also, I'm hoping the fix doesn't require constant maintenance. I've gotten advice for this before, but the fix has to be repeated every time I restart my computer.

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To disable Text Message Forwarding:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app, then tap on Messages, then Text Message Forwarding.
  2. Tap on the on/off button across from your Mac's name to disable.
  • I find it disturbing to see that in my case this option is not selected, and never had been, and that if I had it was supposed to be something I would've approved with a passcode. Lovely... Jun 1, 2015 at 19:57
  • This answer is specifically regarding SMS forwarding. IMessages are always sent to both places, assuming you are signed into the same Apple ID on each device/computer.
    – tubedogg
    Jun 1, 2015 at 19:59

If you specifically mean iMessage, rather than SMS forwarding, then ...

  • Launch Messages on the Mac
  • Messages menu > Preferences > Accounts > [Settings] > Sign out
  • Thank you for the informaton but the "Preference" tab is located under the "Message" heading & not the "File" heading.
    – user103118
    Dec 2, 2014 at 16:51
  • oops, so it is. Fixed.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 2, 2014 at 18:00
  • I find it disturbing that the top answer suggests the opposite, which is that it requires something be initiated from the iPhone requiring a passcode. But all I had to do was use the same apple ID and it's already doing it, and I have to disable it from the macbook indeed. So it's intercepting SMS from my cell carrier on systems I didn't specifically approve for doing that. And the phone itself indicates that it would not allow such a thing. Lovely Jun 1, 2015 at 20:04
  • tubedogg's answer is specifically for SMS, mine is for iMessage - they are 2 different things. Lots of info at support.apple.com/en-us/HT204681
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 1, 2015 at 20:22

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