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How To Mute Someone On Facebook (So They Won’t Know)

With 2.85 billion monthly users, Facebook is the most popular social media site on the internet -- by far! With numbers like that, it’s likely many of us are Facebook friends with family members, co-workers, old classmates, and so many others. So what happens when Grandma becomes online unbearable?

Fortunately, there’s the Facebook mute button, a handy option that allows users to unfollow, or hide the posts of another user without completely unfriending them. Because after all, you can’t really unfriend your Grandma!

In this article, we’ll discuss how to mute someone on Facebook, what it actually means to mute someone, and how to unmute should you change your mind.

What Does It Mean To Mute Someone On Facebook?

What actually happens when you mute someone on Facebook? Generally speaking, muting gives you the opportunity to hide the Facebook posts and Stories of another Facebook user without having to unfriend them or block them. When you mute a Facebook friend, you can still stay in contact online with that friend, but on your own terms.

Facebook gives users the opportunity to communicate with their friends in a variety of ways. A post is the content that a user creates, which then appears in the newsfeed of their Facebook friends. Stories are the videos that run in five-second intervals, and most are actually imported straight from Instagram. You can find your friends’ stories near the top of the screen.

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Other ways Facebook friends communicate with each other include through groups, invites, tags, and Facebook Messenger. Muting allows you to ignore most of these options. When you mute someone on Facebook, that friend’s content will no longer show up in your newsfeed or your Stories queue. In order to see something that a muted friend posts, you will need to go directly to their Facebook page.

It’s important to remember that when you mute a Facebook friend, that friend may still be able to see your own posts and Stories. Besides muting, Facebook also allows its users to snooze, unfriend, unfollow, or block. Confused? Let us explain.

Muting vs. Snoozing on Facebook

Unlike Instagram and other social media sites, which only allow you to mute someone indefinitely, Facebook gives you two mute options: 30 days or indefinitely. On Facebook, muting someone indefinitely is called unfollowing. When you choose to unfollow someone, you will no longer see their posts or Stories. To mute someone for 30 days, it’s called snoozing.

You can snooze someone on Facebook by following the directions described above, but choosing “Snooze” in place of “Unfollow.” In either scenario, only your ability to see the other user’s content is affected. The account you snoozed or unfollowed may still be able to see your posts and Stories, and if you are in a common group, you will still see any comments they make on other posts.

Muting vs. Unfollowing vs. Unfriending vs. Blocking on Facebook

As we’ve detailed above, the official name for muting someone on Facebook is “Unfollowing.” But you also have two more permanent options if you no longer want to see an account on Facebook: unfriending and blocking. Unfriending someone on Facebook means to remove the person entirely from your friend’s list. In this case, you will no longer see each other’s content.

However, if either of you comments on the post of a mutual friend, then the other will be able to see it. Though you can still message someone you have unfriended, your message won’t appear in their primary inbox, and it could take them longer to see.

If you do not have any desire to see any trace of another person or account on Facebook, then your best option is to block them. When you block someone on Facebook, you will no longer see their content or any comments they post. They will not show up when you search for them, and you will not be able to message them.

On the flipside, someone you block will not be able to see you or your content either. In any of these scenarios, Facebook will never notify the other person that they have been unfollowed, unfriended, or blocked. Someone might not realize they’ve been unfollowed, but they could realize on their own they’ve been unfriended or blocked.

How To Mute Someone On Facebook (So They Won’t Know)

Whether you are viewing Facebook from your desktop, or the Facebook app on your iPad, iPhone, or Android, the process for muting a Facebook friend is the same. There are two ways to mute someone. The first way is to mute directly from your news feed. To begin, scroll through until you come across a post by the person you want to mute.

Then, tap the three-dot menu button -- that is, the three dots that appear in the top right corner of the post. An itemized menu will pop up with options such as “Snooze” and “Unfollow.” To temporarily mute a Facebook friend for 30 days, you can choose the option “Snooze (Name) for 30 Days.”

To mute a Facebook friend indefinitely, choose the option that says “Unfollow (Name).” The second way to mute someone on Facebook is from their profile page. Once on the person’s profile, tap the “Friends” button. You’ll find this just to the right of the blue “Message” button.

From the subsequent drop-down menu, choose “Unfollow.” Regardless of whether you mute someone via your newsfeed or their profile, the result is the same, and you will no longer see their posts or Stories. Facebook does not notify anyone that they have been muted.

Muting Someone On A Specific Post

Sometimes, you might not want to mute someone completely, but you may want to keep them from seeing a particular post of yours. If this is the case, then you may be happy to know that there’s a way to do exactly this.

Start by creating a post as usual. But before you press “Post,” check your privacy. To do this, click the drop-down menu that appears right under your name. You will see options such as “Public,” “Friends,” “Only Me,” and “Friends Except…”

Choose “Friends Except…,” then tap the name(s) of the person or people from which you want to hide your post. The next time you post, you can revert your privacy back to your usual settings. Similarly, you can also turn off commenting on your individual Facebook posts.

How Can I See Who I Have Muted On Facebook?

The old adage “Out of sight, out of mind” can be especially true when it comes to Facebook. If you are wondering who you have muted in the past, Facebook makes it easy to tell. Start by navigating to Settings & Privacy via the three-line menu situated in the bottom-right corner of your app (or the downward arrow in the top-right corner of the full website). Then select “News Feed Preferences.” Finally, choose “Reconnect.” This will bring up a grid of names and profile pictures of those you have unfollowed, snoozed, and blocked.

What Are The Benefits Of Muting Someone On Facebook?

Muting, or unfollowing, someone with whom you are connected on Facebook can drastically improve your experience on the social network. The benefits of unfollowing someone on Facebook include:

  • an online experience that is more enjoyable

  • you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings

  • a good way to clean up your newsfeed

How To Unmute Someone On Facebook?

If you chose to snooze someone for 30 days, then Facebook will automatically unmute that person after a month’s time. Once that happens, you can choose to snooze the person again, unfollow them completely, or do nothing and see their content again as you scroll Facebook.

But if you chose to “Unfollow” and you change your mind, then you will need to go back and officially reverse your decision. To do that, the process depends upon whether you are accessing Facebook via the website or mobile app.

If you are on the app, start with the menu button on the bottom right corner of your screen. The menu button looks like three lines, and can be found to the right of the notifications “bell.” When a new menu pops up, choose “Settings & Privacy,” then “Settings.”

Next, scroll to the bottom of the subsequent menu and choose “News Feed Preferences.” Then, “Reconnect With People You’ve Unfollowed.” This will bring up the profile pictures and names of those you have unfollowed. Find the profile picture of the person you want to follow again and tap.

If you want to unmute someone via the Facebook website, then you will start at the top right of your screen, where you will find a downward-pointing arrow. Press the arrow, then choose “Settings & Privacy” from the drop-down menu. Next, click on “News Feed Preferences,” then “Reconnect.” Once you’ve found the person you want to unmute, click the plus sign that appears next to their name and profile picture.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Facebook have a mute option?

Yes. Facebook’s mute option is officially known as “Unfollow.” When you unfollow one of your Facebook friends, you will no longer see their posts or Stories, but will continue to see their new messages and any comments they make on your content or that of a mutual friend or group.

2. How can you tell if someone has muted you on Facebook?

Like most social networks, Facebook does not send out mute notifications. Therefore, there really isn’t a definitive way to tell if someone has muted your content. If you must know if someone has unfollowed you, then there are apps that will keep track for you.

3. When you mute someone on Facebook, can they see your posts?

Yes. When you unfollow, or mute, people on Facebook, you are only hiding their content from your news feed. Your unfollowed Facebook friends may still be able to see anything you post, and therefore can still comment and like your pictures and comments. If you don’t want someone to be able to see your posts, then unfriending or blocking them may be the better option.

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4. What does it mean to snooze someone on Facebook?

To “snooze” someone on Facebook simply means unfollowing them for 30 days. This temporary mute is an ideal option when someone might be overposting about a timely event such as a political race, or if you want to see if you’d really miss someone’s contributions to the world of social media.

Thirty days after you snooze someone, Facebook will automatically begin showing their content again in your newsfeed. When this happens, you can either leave the situation alone, snooze them for another 30 days, or unfollow them as a more permanent solution.

5. What is the difference between unfollowing and unfriending someone on Facebook?

Unfollowing someone on Facebook gives you the opportunity to remain connected with a Facebook friend without actually seeing any of their posted content. Even if you unfollow someone, messaging them is still an option, you will still see their content if you visit their Facebook profile page, and their name will still appear in your Friends list.

But that isn’t the case if you unfriend someone on Facebook. Once you decide to unfriend someone, the two of you will no longer be able to see each other’s posted content, or message each other as easily as before. For all intents and purposes, an unfriended friend will be the same as anyone else on Facebook that you don’t know.

The Bottom Line

With so many people on Facebook these days, we are all bound to come across those that put a damper on our social media experience. Fortunately, Facebook offers the “Unfollow” option and makes it easy to avoid those over-sharers, political commentators, MLMers, and anyone else we may want to see less of.

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