How Do I Change My iMessage Account On Mac

How Do I Change My iMessage Account On Mac?

Do you want to change your account on iMessage using your Mac? There are a few simple steps you have to follow which are easy to do in MacOS.

Most Apple users use multiple accounts when setting up their Macs. You can use these accounts across all Apple services, including iMessage, Apple Music, iCloud, FaceTime, and so on.

Apple does not suggest using multiple accounts as it may affect all your devices.

However, this method that we will teach will allow you to sign in to a different account on your iMessage while other services will remain connected to your primary account.

7 Steps On How To Change iMessage Account On Mac

How to Sign Out of iMessage on Mac (How to Logout of Messages on Mac)

The step-by-step procedure for changing your iMessage account on your Mac is shown in the video. Here is the breakdown of the simple steps in doing it.

  1. The first thing you have to do is launch the Messages app on your Mac. You can see the icon either from the Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Then, check if the Messages app is active in the window. If it is, click on the “Messages” from the menu bar that you can find in the uppermost part of the window next to the Apple menu.
  3. Next, from the dropdown menu that appears once you click the “Messages,” select the Preferences panel.
  4. You’ll go straight to the General section of the Preferences panel, so hover over to the Account/iMessage section.
  5. You will see the Apple ID that is currently signed in to your iMessage. You can find a button that says “Sign Out” next to it; click it.
  6. A pop-up message will appear asking you for the confirmation; click “Sign Out” again.
  7. Enter the log-in details of the iMessage account you would want to change into and click “Sign In.”

Please be advised that you will not be able to back up your conversations on iMessage to your iCloud since you are using different accounts.


1. Why Can’t I Sign In To My iMessage Account On Mac?

There are a few reasons why this problem happens, and there are solutions you can do to address the issue.

First, check your internet connection as it is one of the most common reasons. If your connection is okay, check for a service outage by going to the Apple System Status page and see if there is any temporary outage.

Also, check your date and time settings and ensure that the time, time zone, and date are correct. In addition, make sure that you keep your software updated to avoid such problems.

Lastly, an essential thing you can do is double-check your Apple ID and password. You have entered the wrong details; that is why you can’t sign in.

2. How Can I Set Up Messages On My Mac?

To set up your Messages on your Mac, the first thing to do is sign in to your iMessage account. Make sure to use the same account that you use on every device.

After signing in, explore the preferences to select your email addresses and phone numbers, set up notifications, name and photo sharing, etc.

3. How Do I Deregister My iMessage on My iPhone?

Insert back the SIM card you transferred from your iPhone to a non-Apple phone and make sure to connect to a cellular data network. Then, go to Settings, proceed to Messaged, and turn off iMessage.

4. How Do I Deregister My iMessage Online?

If you cannot access your iPhone anymore, you can deregister your iMessage online. After completing the process, you will successfully remove your phone number from the iMessage services.

5. Why Can’t I Receive Messages On My Device?


There are easy steps to take in case this happens.

  1. Restart your device
  2. Check your network connection.
  3. See if the type of message you are sending is supported.
  4. Make sure your device has enough space to send and receive messages.
  5. Check if you entered the correct phone number or the contact.

6. Why Am I Not Receiving iMessages On My Other Apple Devices?

The settings need to be set to receive messages through your Apple ID and not your phone number. Go to Settings > Messages > Send and Receive, and link your phone number to your Apple ID.

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