Used by millions of people around the world, iMessage is the instant messaging application developed by Apple that is included with OS X. But, as with many other apps, iMessage is linked to certain problems that need some tweaking to work more effectively. You might want to turn off constant app notifications, remove specific messages from chats, delete an entire chat history, disable iMessage, or even get rid of the app completely. However, uninstalling built-in apps can be tricky – the Mac OS won’t let you delete iMessage by dragging its icon to the Trash as you would with other apps.
In this article, we’ll talk about different ways of solving iMessage problems as well as ways of deleting the app permanently.
If you find the constant notifications popping up in iMessage distracting, you can turn them off as follows.
To delete specific messages in iMessage on Mac, follow the steps below.
To remove an iMessage thread, do the following.
You can also delete the entire iMessage chat history.
If you have several Apple devices, you may find that incoming messages are not always delivered to your new device. You can solve this problem by disabling the app on your devices. To disable it on your Mac:
If you’d like to change to a different messaging app, you’ll probably have a hard time uninstalling iMessage. The system simply won’t let you do it manually, since it’s a standard built-in application. What you need is an iMessage removal tool like Movavi Mac Cleaner.
Download the program and follow the steps below to learn how to get rid of iMessage on a Mac in a couple of clicks.*
Download the app installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
On the first launch, Movavi Mac Cleaner will automatically scan your system for junk files. If you’d like to delete these, click Start Cleaning. Otherwise, just move on to the step below.
On the left-hand side, open the menu Uninstaller and click OS X Apps. Find the iMessage icon in the list, check the appropriate box, and click Remove. Yes, it’s that easy!
We hope this article has been helpful in solving most of the problems you may face when using iMessage. When nothing else works, program removal is probably your best option. Movavi Mac Cleaner will help you easily delete iMessage, leaving no files behind.
* This feature is currently available only on OS X 10.10 and earlier.