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What Happens When You Mute Someone on Instagram? [2024]

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We all have that one annoying relative, colleague, or friend who keeps spamming your feed with irrelevant posts on Instagram! 

Posts that you don’t want to see every day! 

What’s more annoying is that you can’t even block that person. After all, you don’t want to pick up a fight with that person over a social media post, right? 

So, what’s the solution? Mute them. 

Instagram allows you to mute posts, stories, and even messages without letting the other person know. If you don’t know how to mute someone on Instagram or what happens after muting, this article is all you need. 

We’ve shared everything you need to know to mute someone on Instagram. So, without further ado, let’s dive in! 

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Instagram?

Muting an Instagram user doesn’t mean blocking or getting rid of that person permanently. When you mute someone, it simply means you don’t want to see their content on your Instagram feed. 

Once you mute someone on Instagram, you won’t be able to see the posts and stories they post on your feed. However, even after muting, you can search and visit their profile anytime on Instagram. And the muted person can still message you, see your posts, comment, and view stories on their news feed.

Also, Instagram lets you mute a user’s stories and posts individually. That means if you wish to mute someone’s posts but want to see the stories, you can do it without any issue. 

The best part is that when you mute someone on Instagram, they won’t get a notification. So they will never know you’ve muted them.

We hope now you have a clear understanding of what happens when you mute someone on Instagram.

How to Tell If Someone Has Muted You on Instagram?

There’s no specific way to figure out if someone muted you on Instagram. After all, that’s the whole point of this feature — to mute and unmute people whenever you want without letting them know. 

However, there are some subtle signs you can notice to understand if someone muted your posts or stories on Instagram. 

For instance, if a user used to see your Insta stories often and suddenly they’re not showing up on the story’s viewers list, they may have muted you. 

Similarly, if one of your insta followers used to like or comment on your posts consistently but suddenly they’re not active anymore, it’s likely the follower turned on the mute button on your posts. 

Another way you can tell if someone muted you is by following that person’s activity on Instagram. If you notice the person constantly engaging in other Instagram users’ posts but not yours, there’s a big chance they’ve muted you. 

However, all these signs are subtle. You can assume but not surely tell whether someone muted your posts on Instagram. If someone isn’t engaging on your posts, it could also mean the algorithm isn’t putting your content on that person’s feed. 

So, the surefire way to figure out if you’ve been muted is to ask the person directly — only if you believe that person won’t mind asking! 

When You Mute Someone on Instagram Can They Still Message You?

The short answer is yes! 

If you mute someone on Instagram, they can still send you messages and call you on the app. If someone muted your posts and stories on Instagram, you can still send DMs and make calls. 

How to Mute Posts And Stories From Someone on Instagram

The process to enable the mute feature on Instagram is simple. Here’s what you have to do to mute posts and stories from someone on Instagram:

Step 1. Open the Instagram app on your Android or iPhone device. 

Step 2. Search for the user’s profile you wish to mute. You can search for the person by typing their username on the search bar. 

Step 3. On their profile, click on the “Following” button, located right below their profile. 

Instagram profile

Step 4. A menu will appear on your screen. From the menu, tap on the “Mute option.” 

Mute instagram profile

Step 5. On the next Mute menu, you will notice two toggle buttons: Posts and Stories. Turn on the Posts button to mute Instagram posts or enable the Stories button to mute Instagram stories. You can mute both posts and stories by enabling both buttons. 

Mute instagram posts and stories

In case you decide to unmute that person, simply visit Settings on your Instagram profile and head to the privacy tab. 

From the privacy tab, search for the people you have muted earlier and toggle off the button to unmute them. 

How to Mute Messages on Instagram

If you no longer wish to receive messages from an Instagram user, mute them. Here’s how you can do that:

Step 1. Open the Instagram app. 

Step 2. Go to your Instagram inbox by tapping the messenger icon at your news feed’s top right corner. 

Instagram DM

Step 3. Select the chat you wish to mute and tap on it.

Step 4. Once the chat is open, tap on the i icon (?), located at the top right corner of your screen.

Step 5. Toggle on the “Mute messages” option.  

Mute instagram messages

There’s another way you can mute Instagram chats. Simply search the chat you wish to mute. Tap and hold the chat for a second; a menu will appear on your screen. From the menu, tap on the “Mute messages” option. 

You can also mute a group chat on Instagram. Here’s the step-by-step process to do that:

Step 1. Tap the messenger icon at the top of the feed.

Step 2. Tap the group conversation you want to mute.

Step 3. Tap on the group name at the top of the chat, then select Mute messages. 

When you mute a group chat on Instagram, you’ll still be a part of that group. However, you won’t get any notification from it. 

When you mute an individual conversation on Instagram, you won’t receive the message notification. However, you can still get their messages. Since you won’t get notified, you have to open the inbox directly to read the messages. 

Wrapping Up

Mute is a great Instagram feature that lets you avoid unwanted content from people you can’t block. Muting people allows you to filter your Instagram feed and see the content you like. 

So, if you want to mute someone’s posts, stories, or messages, we hope this article will help you understand exactly what happens when you mute an Instagram user. 

Now go ahead and mute a few profiles, and don’t forget to let us know if you face any problems. 


  • Ashley Davidson

    Guest blog contributor to, Ashley bridges the gap between social media trends and readers. In her downtime, she's either curled up with a good book or exploring the digital world.

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