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

Ah, Instagram. Nothing has served to amplify voices and opinions quite like the popular social media platform. This is exactly why you may be wondering how to mute someone (so they won’t know, of course).

In this article, we break down the steps to muting someone on Instagram. We also discuss some alternatives to muting, the benefits of muting, and what to do if you decide you want to un-mute somebody.

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What Does It Mean To Mute Someone On Instagram?

You may be wondering: what does muting someone on Instagram do? In short, it allows you to hide the posts and Stories of an Instagram user without having to unfollow or block them.

To clarify, posts are the captioned and hashtagged photos that appear in your Instagram feed. Stories are the full-screen pictures or videos that play when you tap on an account’s round profile picture from the Stories menu at the top of Instagram.

We all have those annoying Instagram friends -- cousins who won’t stop talking about politics, college friends who post a million (approximately) Stories per day, and co-workers with whom the line between friend and colleague is a little blurry.

When you mute someone on Instagram, their content will no longer show up in your feed. You also won’t see their Stories in your story queue. In order to see something the muted person posts, you will need to navigate directly to their profile page. Keep in mind that if you mute someone, your photos, and Stories may still show up in their Instagram feed.

Muting vs. Unfollowing vs. Blocking

If you don’t want to see someone’s Instagram content, but also don’t want to lose the social media connection with them, then muting is your best option. When you mute someone on Instagram, they remain in your list of followers, you can still message them, and if you specifically look for their posts or Stories, you can still see their content.

However, you also have the option of unfollowing or blocking an Instagram account. In case you no longer want to see someone’s posts or Stories, but you also don’t really care about maintaining a connection, then you could simply unfollow. Once you unfollow an account, their content will no longer appear in your feed.

You can still message them, but if you’ve never exchanged messages before, then your message will go into a folder other than their primary message folder. Even if you unfollow an account, that account will still be able to see your content if they follow you.

If you don’t want any contact with someone on Instagram, then you have the option of blocking them. When you block an account, they cannot search for you, see your photo grid, see your Stories, or message you. You will also not be able to see their content.

Whether you choose to mute, unfollow, or block, Instagram never notifies the targeted account of your actions. However, a blocked or unfollowed account may notice on their own that you’ve taken this action.

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

You have a few options when it comes to muting someone on Instagram, the first of which is to mute their entire account. To do this, start by opening up the Instagram app on either your Apple iPhone or Android. Then navigate to the profile page of the Instagrammer you want to mute.

Under the account’s profile picture and description, but above their photo grid, you will see the “Following” button. Tap it. From the bottom of the screen, a menu will appear with four options. The second option from the top is the “Mute” button.

If you don’t want to see any content from this account, then move the toggles for both “Posts” and “Stories” so that they both appear blue. You can also mute someone without first searching for their profile page. If you are scrolling through your feed and come across a post from an account you would like to mute, simply tap the three dots that appear in the top-right corner of the photo.

When a menu box pops up, press “Mute.” From there, you can choose “Mute Posts” or “Mute Posts and Story.” Instagram will not notify anyone that you have chosen to mute this account, so you don’t need to worry about offending or being called out.

How To Mute Someone’s Instagram Stories

In some cases, you might enjoy the pictures someone posts onto their photo grid, but dislike the content or frequency of their Stories. You can continue to see an account’s posts while simultaneously hiding their Stories by muting just the latter.

To do this, follow the steps detailed in the section above. But instead of moving both toggles to blue, move just the Stories toggle to blue. Once done, the account’s Stories will no longer appear along with the others.

How To Mute Someone’s Instagram Posts

You can also mute posts -- that is, the square photos that appear on your main Instagram feed. You may want to do this if someone posts excessively, or if you don’t care for the content they are posting. To mute an account’s Instagram posts, follow the steps detailed in the sections above.

When you get to the muting buttons, choose the toggle for “Posts” so that it turns blue. Once you do this, you will no longer see that account’s Instagram posts, though their Stories will still show up in your Stories queue.

How Can I See Who I Have Muted On Instagram?

If you are unsure about who you have muted, you can always go back to check. To see who you are currently muting on Instagram, open the Instagram app and navigate to your personal profile by tapping the small circular profile picture on the right hand-most side of the menu on the bottom of your screen.

Once you are looking at your profile page, tap the three lines in the top-right corner of your screen. This will bring up a lengthy menu of about 10 items. Tap “Settings” from this list. On the new menu that appears, tap the “Privacy” option.

This will take you to a number of options about the security of your account. From here, scroll down to “Connections,” then choose “Muted Accounts.” A list of muted Instagrammers will appear, along with what part(s) of their account you have muted.

What Are The Benefits Of Muting Someone On Instagram?

Muting an Instagram account that bothers you can make your overall social media experience more enjoyable. Benefits of muting someone include:

  • a more enjoyable online experience

  • doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings

  • a useful way to clean up your feed

How To Un-Mute Someone On Instagram

When you choose to mute someone on Instagram, it usually means that you don’t want to see their posts on a daily basis, but you don’t want to lose all contact with them either. If you want to check in on an account you have muted, then you can always search for their profile to see their latest posts and Stories.

But if you change your mind about an account you previously muted, then you can always unmute. To reverse Instagram’s mute feature, you will first navigate to the muted account’s profile via the search bar. Once there, choose the “Following” option, then tap “Mute” from the pop-up menu. Finally, reverse the toggles on “Posts” and/or “Stories” so they are no longer blue.

When Muting Isn’t Enough

Sometimes, muting just isn’t enough. This might be the case if you are receiving incessant messages and/or online abuse, or if you just really do not like a particular Instagrammer. If you need something stronger than the mute option, then you can unfollow or block.

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How To Unfollow Someone On Instagram

Unfollowing and muting are very similar. When you mute someone, you can still see their posts and Stories -- you just have to search for them instead of them showing up organically. But when you unfollow an account, you will not necessarily continue to see its content. If it’s a public account, then you can still see their posts if you search for their profile. However, you won’t be able to see their Stories unless you are a follower.

How To Block Someone On Instagram

Blocking is the ultimate sanity keeper in the world of social media. Once you have blocked an Instagram account, they can no longer find your profile, or see your posts or Stories. Additionally, all of their existing likes and comments will disappear from your content.

To block someone, start by navigating to their profile page. Then tap the ellipsis in the top right corner, above the photo grid. When a new menu pops up, choose “Block.” You will then be asked to confirm your decision to block. To confirm, press “Block” again. Though you can choose to unblock someone later, unblocking won’t bring back any previous likes or comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you mute people on Instagram?

Yes! If you don’t want to see content from a specific account, then you can mute them by following the steps described above.

2. Can you mute someone on Instagram without blocking them?

Yes. Muting and blocking are two different functions on Instagram. When you mute someone, you will still be able to search for a user’s profile and see their posted content. The muted user will also continue to see your posts and Stories. Neither of these is possible when you block someone.

3. Can you mute someone you don’t follow?

No. As of right now, you can only mute someone you follow. If there is someone on Instagram you don’t follow, but whose comments and content you don’t wish to see, then blocking their account would be a better option.

4. Is it possible to mute someone without unfollowing them?

Yes. The muting and unfollowing functions are two separate options on Instagram. It isn’t necessary to unfollow an account completely in order to hide its content.

5. Can you mute someone’s comments on Instagram?

Currently, there isn't an option to mute someone’s comments on Instagram. However, you can block someone from commenting. Blocking an Instagrammer from commenting on your content does not take away that Instagrammer’s ability to see your content.

Rather, any comments they make on your photos, Reels, or Stories will only be visible to them and no one else. To block someone from commenting on your content, navigate to your own profile page. Tap the three lines in the top right of your profile page, then choose “Settings.” Navigate to “Privacy,” then “Comments.”

Finally, choose “Block Comments From,” “People,” and then the name of the person whose comments you want to block. Later, if you want to unblock their comments, repeat these steps, but choose “unblock” next to their name.

6. Will the person you mute still be able to see your posts and Stories?

Yes. If you mute an Instagram user, you will not see their posts or Stories, though they will continue to see yours. If you don’t want someone to be able to see what you are doing on Instagram, then you will want to block them.

The Bottom Line

One of the reasons Instagram remains one of the most popular social media outlets is the ability it gives a user to tailor their experience. An Instagrammer can improve their experience on the app by muting any content they don’t wish to see.

This could be posts and stories from an over-poster, or just someone they don’t find interesting. Whatever your reason for doing it, using Instagram’s mute option is easy and beneficial.

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