How to delete messages, conversations, or all iMessages on Mac

Do you want to remove iMessage on Mac? Whether for privacy-related reasons, to reduce confusion, or to free up disk space, the Messages app allows you to quickly remove unwanted text, attachments, and conversations.

In the following, you will learn multiple ways to delete messages, conversations, or all iMessages on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini. However, it’s a good idea to disable messages in iCloud first.

About iCloud messages on Mac

iCloud Messages allows you to sync messages (regular and iMessage) between Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

However, if you have the service enabled on your macOS device, deleting a message also deletes the message from other devices signed in with the same Apple ID. If you want to stop it, you need to disable the message in iCloud.

1. Open the message app and message >> >> Environmental setting Located in the menu bar.

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<p>2. Switch to <strong>iMessage</strong> Click the tab and clear the check box next to it <strong>Enable messages in iCloud</strong>..</p>
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Enable messages in iCloud

3. Select Disable this device Disable messages in iCloud for Mac.

Button to disable this device

If iCloud Messages isn’t enabled on your Mac and you want to apply your changes to the rest of your Apple devices, repeat the above steps, but select the following check boxes. Enable messages in iCloud.. next, Sync now..

Delete individual texts and attachments

You can remove SMS or iMessage text from the conversation thread in the Mac Messages app. The same applies to attachments (videos, photos, links, etc.). You can also select and delete multiple messages at the same time to speed up the process.

1. Open the messaging app.

2. Select a conversation thread in the sidebar.

3. Control-click or right-click the text message bubble or attachment in the transcript on the right. next, erase..

Delete with right-click menu

If you want to delete multiple messages at the same time Instructions Press the key to select an item. Then Control-click or right-click any of the highlighted messages to select[erase..

4. Select erase Button to confirm.

Delete button

5. Repeat for messages from other conversation threads that you want to delete.Try using seek You can use the bar at the top of the sidebar to quickly find specific text or attachments.

Remove attachments that consume space

If you just want to remove large iMessage attachments to save space on your Mac, don’t waste your time digging into the Messages conversation thread. Instead, use the macOS storage management app to quickly remove it from your local storage.

1. Open Apple Select a menu to select About this Mac..

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<p>2. Switch to <strong>Storage</strong> Click the tab to select <strong>management</strong>..</p>
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Management button

3. Select message In the sidebar, size A column that sorts attachments by size.

4. Select the attachment you want to delete ( Instructions Key for selecting multiple items), select erase..

Hint: Hint: You can preview attachments using Quick Look.Just select an item and press space..

Delete button

5. Select erase To confirm.

Delete confirmation

Delete the entire conversation thread

From the Messages app, you can delete all the messages in the conversation and the thread itself. This is an easy way to get rid of old iMessage chats and spam.

1. Open the message.

2. Control-click or right-click a conversation in the sidebar. If you’re having trouble finding a conversation, seek Use the bar at the top of the sidebar to filter by contact or group name.

3. Select Delete a conversation..

Delete a conversation with the right-click menu

4. Select erase Make sure you want to delete the entire conversation.

Delete confirmation

If you later want to send a message to the same contact or group,[New message Button at the top of the message sidebar.

Clear only the conversation transcript

Alternatively, you can delete all the messages in the transcript while keeping the thread visible in the message sidebar. That way, you can send the message later without having to create a new conversation from scratch.

1. Open the messaging app.

2. Select a conversation in the sidebar.

Conversation in the sidebar

3. Select edit >> >> Clear transcript Located in the menu bar.

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<p>4. Select <strong>clear</strong> To confirm.</p>
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Clear confirmation

Automatically set the message to be deleted

By default, the Mac Messages app keeps iMessage texts and attachments indefinitely. However, it is possible to instruct the Messages app to delete the message after the defined time period has passed. This prevents cluttering the accumulation and saves disk space.

1. Open the messaging app.

2. Select message >> >> Environmental setting Located in the menu bar.

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<p>3. Open the pull-down menu next to it <strong>Hold the message</strong> Choose <strong>30 days</strong> Also <strong>1 year</strong> Located in the menu bar.</p>
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Drop-down menu to hold messages

4. Above Do you want to delete old messages? Select the next pop-up to appear erase..

Delete confirmation

The Messages app will instantly delete all messages before the selected time period. It also continuously deletes messages as soon as the time limit is reached.

Delete all messages on Mac

If you want to delete all the SMS texts and iMessages on your Mac, you don’t have to struggle to delete each conversation one by one. Instead, you can get rid of everything by moving the files and folders containing the message to the Trash.

important: When you use messages in iCloud, all deleted messages are redisplayed on your Mac. To avoid this, be sure to disable the service before you start (first step in this tutorial).

1. Control-click or right-click. message Select the Dock icon and finish..

finish

2. Open finder Choose go >> >> Move to folder Located in the menu bar.

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<p>3. Enter the following path and press <strong>come in</strong>:</p>
<p><strong>~ / Library / Message</strong></p>
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~ / Library / Message

3. In the Finder window that appears, hold down and select the following folders and files. Instructions key:

  • Attachment
  • chat.db
  • chat.db-shm
  • chat.db-wal
Selected files and folders

4. Drag the file to garbage Dock icon. Alternatively, control-click or right-click on any of the highlighted items to Move to the trash..

Drag the file to the trash can icon

5. Restart your Mac and reopen the Messages app.

Hint: Hint: If you prefer, you can disable the messaging app on your Mac to stop receiving messages altogether.

Reduce message clutter

As you can see, there are multiple ways to remove unwanted iMessage texts, attachments and conversations on your Mac. Choose the approach that works best for you. While you are on it, you may also want to learn about removing junk messages on your iPhone and iPad.

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