How-to: Blocking iMessage Senders on Messages

Apple’s native instant messaging client for OS X, Messages, just got better. Following OS X Mavericks’ latest update, users can now enjoy an all-new blocking feature, which blocks contacts from sending iMessages to a Mac.

Blocking people on your contacts lists on Messages takes less than five minutes:

  • Access the Messages app and pull down the Messages window. Click on ‘Preferences’.
  • Visit the Accounts tab and select your iMessage account from the list on the left.
  • Click the Blocked tab.
  • Click the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the window to open your Contacts book. This will allow you to choose which senders to block iMessages from.
    • If the person you want to block isn’t in your Contacts book, you can add their phone number or email address manually to the blocked list.
Adding contacts to the Blocked list

Adding contacts to the Blocked list


If you change your mind about the people you’ve blocked on Messages, you can remove them from your block list pretty easily, too. Just follow the above steps to access the Blocked tab, which should display a list of the people you’ve blocked. Select the person you want to unblock and click the ‘-‘ button at the bottom of the screen or the ‘Delete’ key on your keyboard.

This contact-blocking feature for Messages is long-awaited, especially on OS X Mavericks. This may be a guilt-free way to get some peace from overeager iMessage contacts, since a blocked user doesn’t receive any indication of their blocked status on your Mac.

If you need help with setting up your preferences for the apps on your Mac, don’t hesitate to drop by MacMall’s retail stores. We have Apple-certified experts who can diagnose and repair issues and install hardware and software upgrades on your Mac while you wait. MacMall is also an Apple-authorized service shop for iOS devices, so you won’t have to go anywhere else to get your iPhone, iPad, or iPod fixed. 

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