How to turn off ‘Shared With You’ in macOS Monterey and iOS 15

Shared With You in macOS Monterey and iOS 15

iMessage’s Shared With You feature is a convenient and quicker way to access items your contacts have shared with you. Read along, though, to learn how to disable Shared With You in macOS Monterey and iOS 15; and why you might want to do that.

Apple announced the next generation of operating systems for its devices and one of the prominent features is bundled with the Messages app. It’s called, rather plainly, Shared With You.

What is ‘Shared With You’ and how does it work?

Shared With You is an interesting new feature that aims to preserve the enthusiasm derived from sharing. A person sending you a photo or simply a link to an article does so to view their enthusiasm reflected in the person the content they shared with.

More practically, Shared With You is a section that displays the content your contacts shared with you in strategic locations inside apps such as Photos, Safari, Podcasts, and the Apple TV app. This makes it easier to access those shared items since these are also the apps we tend to use on a regular basis.

Shared With You section in Safari on macOS Monterey.
Shared With You section in Safari on macOS Monterey.

It’s also based on the premise that sometimes, you overlook the content shared with you, especially if you’re busy at the moment the content was shared. Instead of having to scourge through conversations in Messages, you can easily access shared items in the apps that you tend to use most.

Photos shared with you are displayed in the Shared With You section in the Photos app, links and webpages rest in Safari, news articles in the News app, Apple TV+ shows in the Apple TV app, so on and so forth.

Shared With You lists the items within these apps in a chronological manner, meaning the latest shared item is displayed first. It also indicates who shared the item with you and offers a direct link to the Messages app allowing you to continue the conversation about it.

Alternately, you can also pin shared content within the Messages app and it will automatically elevate it within Shared With You sections in all supported apps.

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that pinned content appears in Shared With You sections within apps even if you’ve disabled Shared With You altogether.

Why you might want to turn off ‘Shared With You’

Shared With You, no doubt, is a convenient feature. But there are multiple reasons you might want to disable it:

  • You don’t care enough.
  • You don’t want your favorite, and quite possibly, essential apps to seem cluttered.
  • Your contacts share items with you that are outright *coughs* distracting.

If you have a reason of your own that is worth sharing, please let us know in the comments section below.

But, for the most part, these reasons might be the driving force behind wanting to disable Shared With You content.

Alternative to disabling ‘Shared With You’

Like there were multiple reasons for disabling Shared With You, there are also multiple alternatives to disabling it within supported apps.

You can simply hide the Shared With You section in Safari, for instance, instead of completely disabling it. As of now, no other apps let you hide it.

Hiding the Shared With You section in Safari 15 on macOS Monterey.

However, within the settings in macOS Monterey and iOS 15 respectively, you can disable Shared With You completely for individual apps.

But, if you don’t want to do anything with Shared With You, disabling it altogether might be the best options. Read along to learn how to do that.

How to disable ‘Shared With You’ in macOS Monterey

Since Shared With You is a Messages feature, its preferences or settings are also associated with the Messages app.

  1. Open the Messages app on your Mac.
  2. Click the Messages label in the Menu Bar at the top, and select Preferences.
Accessing Messages Preferences on macOS Monterey via the Menu bar.
  1. Click on the “Shared With You” tab.
Shared With You Tab in Messages Preferences in macOS Monterey
  1. Click Turn Off. You can also disable Shared With You for individual apps by unticking them from the list below.
Turn off Shared With You.

How to turn off Shared With You in iOS 15

  1. Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Messages tab.
Turn off Shared W
  1. Tap Shared With You.
  1. Flick or tap the toggle beside the label stating “Automatic Sharing.”
Turn Off Shared With You in iOS 15.

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William Searle
William Searle
7 months ago

Thank you, that clutter of outdated irrelevant links was cluttering up my new tab window and distracting me. I am organized. If an important file is shared with me, it is filed away where it belongs, just like on a computer, and in your home, put your stuff where it belongs, no where else, then life flows smoothly. I never need to search for shared files because they are always filed away the the proper place. If I want to reference back old shared links for shots and giggles, I can find them by navigating to messages, then tap on… Read more »