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While iMessage is an incredibly useful communication app, it can ruin your peace with annoying notifications. But what can you do when you want to receive alerts from other apps, just not iMessage? How do you silence iMessage notifications but continue to receive others?

Fortunately, you can silence iMessage notifications on your macOS and iOS devices by following the steps below!

How to Silence iMessage Notifications on iOS

Sure, you could flip the switch on the left side of your iPhone and silence all notifications. But sometimes, that isn’t practical. If you want to receive notifications from all your other apps but not text messages, follow these steps on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open Settings

We’ll start by opening the Settings app on your iPhone.

Helpful hint: The Settings app is on your iOS home screen. But you can search for it in the app library too.

Step 2: Tap Notifications

You won’t have to scroll very far before seeing the Notifications option in your device’s settings. Tap Notifications.

Step 3: Tap Messages

Now you’ll see a list of all your apps. Tap the Messages app.

Step 4: Toggle the Switch

Finally, toggle the switch to silence your message notifications. Now, your other notifications will still work, but iMessage won’t.

Helpful hint: Follow these steps for any app you’d like to silence. But be sure to enable the switch when you want to start receiving notifications again.

How to Silence iMessage Notifications on Mac

macOS devices like Mac and Macbook also allow us to control which apps to silence and which ones to send notifications. If you’d like to silence your text notifications on your Mac, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click the Apple Icon

If you’re unfamiliar with the macOS layout, the Apple icon in the far top left corner is your computer’s menu. Click the Apple icon to access the notification settings and silence your iMessages.

Step 2: Click System Settings

Apple’s newest updates changed some of the options you’ll see in the apple menu. If you’re using Big Sure, click System Settings.

Those using a version of macOS before Big Sur can click System Preferences.

Step 3: Click Notifications

Notifications icon has a white bell.

A new pop-up window will appear. Click Notifications in the left side menu (or Notifications & Focus for older macOS versions).

Step 4: Click Messages

Under messages, you can adjust sounds, banners and more.

Finally, scroll through the list and click Messages.

Step 5: Turn Off iMessage Notifications

Toggling the button will stop alerts on your device.

Lastly, click the option to silence notifications.

How to Turn Off Message Previews

Perhaps you don’t want your iMessages displayed proudly on your screen every time you get one. Whether you want a little privacy or you don’t want any interruptions, you can follow these steps to disable message previews on your iOS device:

Step 1: Open Settings

Settings is accessible from your device’s homescreen.

Similar to the steps above, tap the Settings app on your iPhone.

Helpful hint: macOS users can click the Apple icon then System Settings (System Preferences).

Step 2: Tap Notifications

Under notifications, you can find more customization options.

Tap the Notification setting to move forward.

Step 3: Tap Messages

Scroll through the list of options until you see Messages. Then, tap it.

Step 4: Click Show Previews

This new page that appears will give you a lot of options. Near the bottom of the page, you’ll see an option that says “Show Previews.” Tap that option.

Step 5: Click Never

Finally, you can choose Always, When Unlocked, or Never. Select Never to stop message previews.

Helpful hint: Mac users can turn off Show Notifications on lock screen and Show in notification center.

How to Silence One Contact on iMessage

Perhaps there’s a handful of contacts that you want to silence on iMessage. You can silence iMessage group chats or individuals. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the Message App

Open the messaging app on your iOS or macOS device. Then, click or tap on the conversation.

Step 2: Tap the Contact Card

At the top of every iMessage or SMS-based message in the iMessage app, you’ll see a contact card that displays their profile picture and name. Tap the contact card at the top of the page.

Helpful hint: macOS users can click the i icon at the top right corner of the conversation.

Step 3: Tap Hide Alerts

Finally, tap or click Hide Alerts.

Now, you won’t receive any alerts from the user anymore.

Helpful hint: The user’s iMessage notifications will be silenced until you follow the steps again and unhide the alerts.

How to Silence iMessage Notifications from Unknown Senders

Have you ever received several spam messages in a short time? The constant dings and chimes of alerts from spammers and bots get irritating quickly! Fortunately, Apple’s developers gave us the option to silence iMessages from unknown senders.

Here’s what you can do:

Step 1: Open the Settings

We’ll start by enabling the filter in the Settings on your iPhone. Then, we can filter the messages in the Message app.

Open your iPhone’s Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Messages

Scroll down the Settings page and tap Messages.

Step 3: Tap the Filter Unknown Senders Toggle Switch

Work your way down the page until you see Filter Unknown Senders. Then, tap the toggle switch, so it turns green.

Step 4: Tap Filters in the Message App

After enabling the unknown senders filter, open the Message app. Then, tap Filters in the top left corner.

Step 5: Tap Known Senders

Now, you’ll see a few options. Select the Known Filters option and go back to your conversations. You’ll only see conversations from your contacts. Moreover, you’ll only receive alerts from the people you know.

Helpful hint: If you get verification codes or important texts from people who aren’t in your contacts, you’ll need to tap Filters again and tap All. Otherwise, you may miss some important texts.

Shhh – Our iMessage Notifications Are Off

Hopefully, you can now enjoy some quiet time. Simply silence all iMessage notifications on your macOS or iOS device, including a few contacts you don’t want bothering you.

Of course, don’t forget to follow the steps again to enable iMessage notifications when you’re ready. You don’t want to miss any important communications.

How to Silence Notifications on iMessage FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Will this silence notifications on all of my Apple devices?

No. You will need to silence the iMessage notifications on all your Apple devices.

Can I set iMessage to silence on a schedule?

While you can’t schedule iMessages to silence automatically, you can use the Do Not Disturb feature to silence your iMessages.

Open your device’s settings and go to the Do Not Disturb settings. Then, set a timer for your device to enter DND status. Then, add apps that you don’t want to silence.

Of course, this method isn’t perfect, but it will work in a pinch.

How do I silence iMessage notifications on my Apple Watch?

You can silence iMessage notifications on your Apple Watch by going to the My Watch app on your paired iPhone. Then, select Messages and tap Hide Alerts.

No iMessage notifications will appear on your Apple Watch until you enable the feature.

Will other people know that I silenced my iMessages?

Apple won’t send any notifications to your contacts that you silenced your iMessages. But some more savvy users may deduce that you silenced them because the messages will say Delivered and not Read.

Of course, if you disable read receipts (Settings>Messages>Read Receipts), the Read option will never appear anyway.

Can I silence other apps too?

Absolutely! You can follow the same steps above to silence notifications from any apps that appear in your Settings.

How do I set iMessage to silence while I'm driving?

You can set your phone to driving mode, which silences iMessages, phone calls, and other notifications to silence when your iPhone detects that you are driving. Go to Settings>Focus>Driving to activate the feature.

However, this won’t silence the notifications if your phone is connected to Bluetooth or Apple Car Play.

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