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How To Temporarily Quit Background Apps Mac

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Apple’s iMessage service is a brilliant and excellent way of keeping in touch with other Apple device users without incurring additional charges from your network provider. One of its most useful features is the ability to send and receive messages from any device connected to your iCloud account, including your Mac.

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Sometimes, however, it can be a little bit too much. If you’re in an office with your iPhone, iPad and Mac and all of of them alert you to an incoming message, with a slight delay between them, the sound of all those alerts can be, well, let’s say a distraction.

How to delete an iMessage conversation

Messages is an Apple app that’s installed as a part of macOS, so you can’t simply delete it. You can, however, delete individual messages and attachments. The easiest way to do that is to use CleanMyMac X’s Privacy tool, which allows you to specify which conversations and attachments you want to remove and then delete them all in a click.

Tip: if you need to delete or uninstall other, non-Apple apps, don’t just drag them to the trash — they’ll leave lots of files behind on you hard drive. It’s best to use a dedicated uninstaller tool, like CleanMyMac X. You can download CleanMyMac and try it out for free here.

Fortunately, you can turn iMessage off on your Mac either permanently, or just for a little while so you can get some work done.

How to deactivate iMessage

  1. Launch the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. In the Messages menu, click Preferences.
  3. In the left hand pane, click on the account you want to turn off.
  4. Uncheck the box next to Enable this account.

That will stop you receiving messages from showing on your Mac and means that if you want to turn them back on again, all you have to do is check that box.

Alternatively, if you want to turn them off permanently, you can sign out of your iCloud account in Messages altogether. This will only affect the Messages app and won’t stop you, for example, using iCloud Drive or Photos with iCloud. Effectively, it deregisters iMessage from your account.

How to sign out of iCloud in Messages

  1. Launch Messages.
  2. Click Preferences in the Messages menu.
  3. Choose the account you want to sign out of in the left hand window.
  4. Press Sign out next to your Apple ID.
  5. In the pop-up window that appears, confirm by clicking Sign Out.

If you sign out and later decide that you want to use Messages on your Mac after all, you can add your account by going to Messages > Preferences and clicking the ‘+’ at the bottom of the Accounts pane, then type in your Apple ID and password. If you have two-factor authentication turned on, you may need to type in the passcode sent to your trusted device.

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There is another option, if you want to be able to send messages from your Mac but don’t want notifications.

How to turn off notifications

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  1. Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  2. Choose the Notifications pane.
  3. Click on Messages in the left hand sidebar.
  4. Click ‘None’ and uncheck all the tick boxes.

Now, you’ll still be able to send and receive messages, but won’t be pestered by annoying alerts.

If you want to disable iMessage on your Mac because you’re selling it or giving it away, you’ll need to sign out of iCloud altogether, in addition to signing out of Messages.

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  1. Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
  2. Click on iCloud.
  3. At the bottom left hand corner of the window, click Sign Out.

How to fix Messages when it’s not working properly

If the reason you want to de-activate iMessage and stop messages showing on your Mac is that it’s not working properly or that they’re not syncing properly on your iPhone, or iPad, there are a few things you can try.

  • Turn off iMessage using the steps above, then turn it back on again.
  • Sign out of Messages, using the steps described earlier, then sign back in again.
  • Make sure you’re using the same phone number on your Mac as on your iPhone.
  • Make sure the email addresses you’ve enabled in Messages on the Mac are those associated with your Apple ID.
  • If you have more than one Apple ID, make sure you’re signed into the same one on Messages on all your devices.

If Messages from your friends aren’t displaying their name or photograph correctly, go to the Contacts app in your Applications folder and search for their name. Check that the entry has the phone number or email address they’re using for Messages. If not, add it.

It may be the case that you want to block specific people from contacting you via Messages, rather than switch it off altogether. Here’s how to do that:

  1. If the person or company you want to block isn’t already in your Contacts, go to the Contacts app in the Applications folder. If they are already in your Contacts app, skip to step 3 (you’ll know if they are, because Messages will display their name instead of just a phone number or email address)
  2. Click ‘+’ and New Contact then fill in the details on the contact card. Remember to include the phone number or email address they’ve been messaging you from.
  3. Launch Messages and choose Preferences from the Messages menu.
  4. Click on the Account you use for iMessage.
  5. Click the Blocked tab.
  6. Click ‘+’ at the bottom of the window. You’ll see a window slide down that has your Contacts in it. Start typing the name of the contact you want to block into the search box.
  7. Click on the name when it appears.
  8. You will now see that all their phone numbers and email addresses have been added to your blocked list.

As you can see, while you can’t uninstall Messages on your Mac, it’s easy to turn it off or disable it. Alternatively, you can just turn off notifications so it carries on working but doesn’t disturb you. If you need to delete the messaging history and all the attachments, you can do that too, using a dedicated app like CleanMyMac X.

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How To Temporarily Quit Background Apps Mac

Microsoft’s Your Phone is an app that is designed to make an Android smartphone and a Windows 10 PC work together. The app helps you stay updated on all the latest notifications that you’re receiving on your smartphones without actually unlocking your Android phone. It also lets you receive and send text messages from your Windows 10 PC. Microsoft recently added Phone Calls feature to the Your Phone app, thus making it possible for the Windows 10 users to make as well as receive a phone call right from their PC.

In order for the Your Phone app to help you stay updated on all the notifications that you’re receiving on your smartphone, the app needs to work in the background for as long as your PC is turned on. And as you already know, when an app runs in the background, it consumes power. Clearly, if you don’t have the app installed on your PC, you can expect a batter battery life.

Alternatively, it’s also possible that you want to use all the features that Your Phone offers but don’t want the app to always run in the background. If this is the case, you can follow a few simple and easy steps that will help you end the YourPhone.exe process, which in turn, will disable Your Phone from running in the background.

How to disable YourPhone.exe from running in the background

There is more than one way to stop Your Phone app from running in the background. If you want the easiest way, all you need to do is end the YourPhone.exe process. To do that, you can follow the below steps.

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  1. Open Settings app by pressing Win key + I button
  2. Click on Privacy
  3. You’ll now see a hamburger menu containing a list of options. Locate Background apps, and then click on it
  4. You’ll now see a toggle that lets you disable all the apps(including Your Phone) from running in the background
  5. But if you want to be more selective and want to disable only the Your Phone app, you can do so by scrolling the page downwards. And at the bottom of the page, you should see the toggle for disabling Your Phone app from running in the background. Turn off the toggle and it’ll disable YourPhone.exe from running in the background.

There is another way to disable the app from running in the background — and that is by uninstalling YourPhone.exe from your system. If that’s what you want to do, you can follow the below steps.

  1. Do a right-click on the Windows Start button and select Windows PowerShell(Admin)
  2. Copy and paste the following command and hit enter
  3. You should no longer see Your Phone app on your Windows 10 PC

How many of our readers are using Microsoft’s Your Phone app? Let us know in the comments down below.