How to Remove Messages from Mac but not iPhone: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Do you want to remove messages from your Mac but keep them on your iPhone? This can be accomplished by making a few changes in your Mac’s Messages app settings. After reading this quick overview, you’ll be ready to free up space on your Mac without losing any important messages on your iPhone.

Step by Step Tutorial: Removing Messages from Mac but Not iPhone

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we are about to do. We will adjust the settings on your Mac so that messages will no longer be stored there, but they will remain untouched on your iPhone.

Step 1: Open Messages on Mac

Open the Messages app on your Mac.

When you open the Messages app, you’ll see all the conversations you’ve had. Remember, we are not deleting these messages yet, we are simply beginning the process to stop new messages from being saved here.

Step 2: Go to Preferences

Click on ‘Messages’ in the top menu bar, then select ‘Preferences’.

In the Preferences window, you will find various settings related to how Messages operates on your Mac.

Step 3: Click on Accounts

Click on the ‘Accounts’ tab within Preferences.

The Accounts tab shows all the email accounts you have set up to use with Messages.

Step 4: Choose your iMessage Account

Select your iMessage account from the list on the left.

Make sure you select the correct account that is associated with your iPhone.

Step 5: Uncheck ‘Enable Messages in iCloud’

Uncheck the box next to ‘Enable Messages in iCloud’.

By unchecking this option, your future messages will not sync across devices via iCloud, which means they won’t show up on your Mac.

Step 6: Confirm the Change

A pop-up window will ask if you want to turn off Messages in iCloud. Click ‘Disable and Download Messages’.

This step ensures that any messages currently in iCloud will be downloaded to your Mac before the feature is turned off.

After you’ve completed these steps, new messages will no longer appear on your Mac, but they will still be available on your iPhone. Any messages that were previously synced to your Mac will stay there until you delete them manually.

Tips for Removing Messages from Mac but Not iPhone

  • Make sure you are signed in to the correct iMessage account before making these changes.
  • Consider creating a backup of your Mac’s messages before you start, just in case.
  • If you want to remove specific messages from your Mac, you can manually delete them without affecting your iPhone.
  • Remember that disabling Messages in iCloud on your Mac will not delete any messages from your iPhone.
  • After disabling Messages in iCloud, you can still send and receive messages on your Mac; they just won’t sync with your iPhone anymore.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this process delete any messages from my iPhone?

No, this process will not delete messages from your iPhone. It only stops new messages from being saved on your Mac.

Can I still send messages from my Mac after this?

Yes, you can still send and receive messages from your Mac. The change only affects message syncing with iCloud.

What if I want to re-enable Messages in iCloud later?

You can go back into Preferences and re-check the ‘Enable Messages in iCloud’ option to sync messages again.

Do I need to do anything on my iPhone?

No, there is no need to change any settings on your iPhone for this process.

Will this free up space on my Mac?

Yes, preventing new messages from being saved to your Mac can help free up storage space.


  1. Open Messages on Mac.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Click on Accounts.
  4. Choose your iMessage account.
  5. Uncheck ‘Enable Messages in iCloud’.
  6. Confirm the change.


There you have it—a simple yet effective way to remove messages from your Mac but not your iPhone. With this guide, you’ve learned the steps to adjust your settings, ensuring that your iPhone retains all those precious messages while your Mac gets a little breathing room. Remember, communication is key, and while we’re decluttering our digital space, we’re not letting go of the conversations that matter. If you’ve found this guide helpful, consider sharing it with friends or family who might be struggling with the same digital conundrum. After all, isn’t life all about helping each other out? Keep those messages safe on your iPhone, and enjoy the newfound space on your Mac.