How to Block Messages in iMessage on Mac

Blocking certain people in the Contacts from sending iMessages on Mac is finally now an option with the OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update.

Following are the steps for adding people from Contacts in the blocked list. To block an email address, it needs to be present in the Contacts.

  1. From within the iMessage application, go to Messages -> Preferences
  2. Select  Accounts
  3. Select the iMessage Account from the left-pane and then select the Blocked tab
  4. Click the + button on the bottom-left corner and the Contacts list will appear. Just select the contact you want to block.


Any contact added to the blocked list can easily be removed later by clicking the – button instead of + in step 4.

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Mariam Yusuf - An avid technology enthusiast who had been on a long voyage of discovering, deciphering and discarding technologies as they appear, mature and go into oblivion. Played with the internet in it's heydays (early 90's), chanted Java's mantra of WORA in the mid 90's, toyed with AI, fuzzy logic, image processing, sensor networks and web technologies; taught for some time and now writes about technology. She can be reached on Google+