How to Mute Someone on Instagram When You Don’t Want to Unfollow or Block Them

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Heidi Lang

Instagram Tips | Jun 22, 2022

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When you feel that certain posts are unnecessarily cluttering your feed or are giving you negative vibes, it’s a relief to know how to mute someone on Instagram. You get to decide, after all, the types of content that want to show up on your feed. Without much ado, let’s look at the different ways that you can use Instagram’s mute feature to improve your experience on the platform.

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How to Mute Someone’s Account on Instagram

So you don’t want to unfollow or block a certain user but you don’t want to see their content on your feed anymore. You have a few options to mute someone’s account on Instagram.  Keep in mind that person won’t be notified that you muted their account.

How to mute someone’s posts on Instagram via your feed

If you’re browsing through your feed and you encounter another triggering or yawn-inducing post from someone, no worries, you can still save your day. Here’s how:

  1. On your feed, tap the three dots next to the person’s post. 
  2. Tap “Hide.”
  3. Tap “Mute” and then tap “Mute Posts.”

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How to mute someone on Instagram via their profile

If you want to avoid seeing another depressing or annoying post from a certain someone pronto, go right to the source! 

  1. Go to their profile by either tapping their username on a news feed post or type their username in the search bar. 
  2. Below their profile info, tap “Following.”
  3. Tap “Mute,” then tap the switch off toggle next to “Posts.”

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How to mute an account via DMs

Don’t let anybody ruin your mood with unwanted DMs. You can ignore them for as long as you like. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open your Instagram messenger and find the chat with the user you want to mute. 
  2. Tap the person’s username at the top of your chat. 
  3. Tap the switch off toggle next to “Mute messages” or “Mute call notifications.”

How to Mute Someone’s Story on Instagram

Of course, it’s highly likely that you also want to stop seeing the person’s stories. Here’s how to mute someone’s story on Instagram. 

  1. At the top of your feed, find the profile picture of the user whose stories you don’t want to see anymore. 
  2. Tap and hold your finger on their profile picture. 
  3. Select “Mute,” then tap “Mute Story.”

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Final Thoughts: Why Unfollow When You Can Mute?

Whatever your reason for not wanting to see their news feed posts and story posts, knowing how to mute someone on Instagram is a good alternative. 

Perhaps you don’t want them to know that you unfollowed them because they’re family or your boss. Or perhaps you feel that unfollowing the person is going “too far.” If you have a business account, unfollowing people will most likely affect your numbers, so that mute button will really come in handy when you want to curate your news feed content. In case you have a change of heart and want to see the person’s posts and stories again, you can unmute them just as easily

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