It may be an important colleague, a distant relative, or a friend. You may be reluctantly following one of them or people like them. Their posts don’t interest you. However, you don’t want to hurt their feelings either. Fortunately, Instagram provides you a way to mute them without unfollowing. The best thing about this feature is that Instagram won’t let them know that you have unfollowed from their posts and stories.

What happens when you mute people on Instagram

Muting someone on Instagram is equivalent to taking a break from a conversation in real life. You politely pull yourself out of the conversation without any drama or ruffled feathers. When you mute someone you won’t be able to see the stories, pictures, and videos posted by them on your feed. However, the other person can view your content and both of you can visit each other’s page.

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Instagram

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Instagram

Moreover, there is no notification to indicate to the other person that you have muted them. However, that makes you wonder. Did someone mute you and politely excused themselves out of your posts? How can you tell?

How to tell if someone muted you on Instagram

If you have used the unfollow feature on Facebook, you know that other people can’t possibly know you have unfollowed them on the platform. Instagram’s mute feature works in a similar way. Hence, you have to look for subtle signs and do some investigative work to know if you have been muted.

  • Look out for the person that you suspect has muted you on Instagram
  • If they are active on the platform and like or comment on other people’s posts frequently you may have been muted by them
  • You can also check the viewer list of your Stories
  • If someone used to pop up on your Viewer’s list and don’t show up any longer, you may have been muted
  • However, you can never confirm it unless you ask the person directly

How to mute posts and stories on Instagram

  • Open the Instagram app on your phone and log in with your details
  • Go to the profile you want to block by searching their username or scrolling through your list of followers or the people you follow
  • Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner to bring up the pop-out menu
  • You get several options including Block, Hide Your Story, Copy Profile URL, and more
  • Among those options, tap on Mute
  • This brings you three more options – Mute Posts, Mute Story, and Mute Posts and Story
  • If you want to mute this person’s stories, chose the “Mute Story” option and to mute their posts choose the “Mute Posts” option
  • To mute all of their content, you can choose “Mute Posts and Story” option

How to mute messages on Instagram

When you mute messages from someone on Instagram it silences notifications. It doesn’t mean the person won’t be able to reach out to you. You can choose to not respond to such messages since there are no notifications to bother you. However, the messages from that person pile up in your inbox.

Here’s how you can mute messages on Instagram:

  • Open the Instagram app on your phone and log in with your details
  • Tap on the arrow icon at the top-right corner to open your Inbox
  • Select the conversation you want to mute by tapping on it and after that tap on the person’s name at the top
  • You get two options – Mute Video Chats and Mute Messages
  • No more ringing notifications when you are busy

ConclusionAs long as you want to mute messages, posts, or stories, you can easily do so without notifying the other person. You also get to keep your Instagram feed fresh and free from distractions.

Best Regards,

Famoid Blog – 2020