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Messages (Mountain Lion): Block or allow messages from specific people

Block or allow messages from specific people in Messages

To temporarily stop receiving messages, set your status to Offline. AIM (including me.com and Mac.com) users can send you messages, but you won’t see them until you change your status to something other than Offline. When you’re offline, Jabber, Google Talk, Yahoo!, and Bonjour users can’t send you messages.

You can also set your status to Invisible if you use AIM. In this case, when an AIM user sends you a message, you receive it right away.

Set your online status

Because iMessage doesn’t use online statuses, disable iMessage if you want to temporarily stop receiving iMessages on your Mac. You’ll still receive messages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Enable or disable an account

You can block or allow messages from certain people you chat with using AIM. People you block can’t send you messages or see when you’re online. You can’t see people you blocked or send messages to them.

Specify who can send you messages

  1. Choose Messages > Preferences, and then click Accounts.
  2. Select the AIM account for which you want to set privacy options.
  3. Click Privacy.
  4. Select an option in the “Privacy level” list.
    • If you select “Allow specific people,” click the Edit List button, and then click Add (+) and enter the names or user names of people you wish to allow. Anyone not added to the list is blocked.

    • If you select “Block specific people,” click the Edit List button, and then click Add (+) and enter the names or user names of people you wish to block. Anyone not on the list is allowed.

Quickly add a person to the list of blocked people

  • To block someone who sent you a message, click the Block button in the message window, or click the window and choose Buddies > Block.
  • To block a person in your Messages window, select the conversation in the sidebar, and then choose Buddies > Block.
  • To block a person on a buddy list, select the person’s name in the list, and then choose Buddies > Block.
Last Modified: Feb 18, 2013
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