Prevent iMessages From Appearing On your Other Devices

If you own multiple Apple devices, you’ve probably signed into all of them with your Apple ID. When you get an iMessage your computer rings, or your iPad beeps. For most of us, it’s a potential privacy nightmare.

Most of us want to keep access to iMessages on just our phones, and we don’t need it on every Apple device we own. Here’s how to prevent something like this from happening to you.

First, you should know exactly what devices you own that are still linked up to you Apple account.

  1. Head to and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Scroll down to the Devices section and take a look at where you’re logged in.
  3. If there’s a weird or old device here, click on it, then select Remove to log out.

Turn Off iMessage On Extra Devices
If you don’t want iMessages showing up on extra devices, you can turn it off.

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

  1. Open up Settings > Messages.
  2. Set the iMessage toggle to off.
  3. You may also want to disable Text Message Forwarding, which sends regular non-iMessage SMS messages from your phone to Messages on your Mac or iPad. Tap the Text Message Forwarding option, then uncheck any devices you do not want SMS messages to go to.

On Mac

  1. Open up Messages.
  2.  Click Messages > Preferences, then select the Accounts tab.
  3.  Select your iMessage account, then click the Sign Out button.

Now, your messages won’t sync up anywhere you don’t want them to.


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