How to Mute Someone on Instagram

updated September 1, 2023
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Jaqueline Corradi
Jaqueline Corradi
Content Manager

Do you know how to mute someone on Instagram? We follow people on Instagram for multiple reasons: digital influencers, brands that publish high-quality content, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. 

Sometimes, though, it's common to follow someone just for being polite, because unfollowing them would be considered rude, right? Like a cousin or a person you work with but who you are interested in seeing their posts. Can be someone who posts thousands of stories a day and you find annoying, for instance,

Stop following them could make them feel upset with you and you don't want that. Have you ever been in this situation? The option to mute someone on Instagram is useful precisely in those cases. Check out the article and discover how. 

What Does It Means Muting Someone on Instagram?

Mute someone on Instagram means that you won't stop following them, but their posts or stories won't appear on your timeline. You can choose to mute both stories and feed posts, or just one of them. 

So, you can still check the person's posts and stories by accessing their profile. If this person accesses your profile, they will still be able to see that you are following them, avoiding any awkward situation. 

How to Mute Someone's Instagram Stories

To mute someone's Instagram stories all you have to do is:

1 . Access your Instagram account;

2 . Go to the Instagram profile of the person you wish to mute

3 . Click on "Following";

Instagram profile showing the "following" button

4 . Click on "Mute", then click on "stories". 

Instagram page showing the button "mute"

The image is showing an Instagram profile and the Mute menu where it's written Posts and Stories

How to Mute Someone's Feed Posts on Instagram

Muting someone's feed posts on Instagram is very simple, just follow these steps:

1 . Access your Instagram account;

2 . Go to the Instagram profile of the person you wish to mute

3 . Click on "Following";

Instagram profile showing the "following" button

4 . Click on "Mute", then click on "posts".

Instagram page showing the button "mute"

Instagram profile showing the mute menu

Can People Know You Muted Them on Instagram? 

When it comes to how to mute someone on Instagram, it's a common concern if the profile owner will know that you muted them. The answer is no, you can rest assured that Instagram won't show that information. 

In spite of this, the person can see your stories and feed posts normally, and you can still interact with them by sending messages and seeing their content when visiting their profile if you wish. The mute function is useful to help you filter the posts you really want to see, instead of missing them because of the number of other stories and posts that you aren't so interested in. 

If you change your mind and decide you want to go back to seeing someone's post and stories on your feed, it's very simple. You will just need to unmute them by basically following the steps you did to mute them.

What's the Difference Between Blocking and Muting Someone on Instagram?

Mute someone on Instagram isn't the same thing as blocking them. When you block an Instagram profile, you won't be able to see their posts, and neither will they see your stories or feed posts.

Therefore, the person you blocked can't send you direct messages or tag you in their photos or videos. When you block someone on Instagram, they can notice they were blocked because if they visit your profile they won't see any posts, besides they won't be able to find your profile by searching for your username. 

On the other hand, when you mute someone, you continue following them, and they are capable to like your posts, sending comments, and direct messages

How to Block Someone on Instagram

To block someone on Instagram, you need to:

1 . Access your Instagram account;

2 . Go to the profile you wish to block

3 . Click on the "..." on the right side at the top of the page.

Instagram profile image showing the three dots button

4 . Click on "block";

The image shows the Instagram block button

5 . Then, confirm you want to block the profile,

See the Content That Really Matters to You

Now that you have learned how to mute someone on Instagram, you can use it to see on your feed only the content that you really find interesting. When we follow thousands of people, sometimes, there is a sensation of being flooded with posts and missing valuable content because you get tired of scrolling down. 

If you mute someone on Instagram that you wish to keep following, but aren't very interested in their content, you can curate your feed better. You won't feel lost in the huge quantity of posts and stories and focus on what you desire to see.

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