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How to Mute Someone on Instagram?

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Sep 13, 2021• Proven solutions

You might be following someone you know on Instagram who keeps on updating something new and quite frequently. Naturally, you don't want to come across as rude and stop following them, so the best option you have in hand is to mute them. And if you already know about this feature and want to know how to mute someone on Instagram, keep reading this article because we will tell you how to mute on Instagram.


Part 1: How to Mute Someone on Instagram?

The question "how do you mute someone on Instagram" appears quite often on Instagram. Mute is the best way to stop seeing updates of people who you don't want to remove as followers but want to stop seeing their posts, stories, and recent updates. To do that, there are a few simple steps to take care of.

Step 1: Launch your phone and open Instagram. If you aren't logged in, use your credentials and log in.

Step 2: Visit the person's profile whose feed you will no longer get notified by. To do that, you can visit the Followers tab and search for the person by entering their name or Instagram handle. Hence, go to the home page and type the person's name or handle name on the search bar, which will be on the top.

 visit the mute person account

Step 3: Once the profile is open on the mobile phone, simply click on the Following option, which will be below the profile picture and bio.

Step 4: After clicking on the following option, you will see four options, add to close friends list, mute, restrict, and unfollow.

 pop-up appears with the mute option

Step 5: Please click on the tab that says mute. Once you do that, two options will be shown to you under the Mute tab: posts and then stories.

click on mute and toggle the choices

Step 6: Toggle both to mute both stories and posts. Else, toggle one, whichever you want to mute.

Part 2: How to Mute Someone's Story on Instagram?

If you don't want to mute posts because the person rarely posts anything, but you want to mute stories, learn how to mute Instagram stories. Yet again, there will be a few steps to follow. Just follow the instructions adequately mentioned below, and you should be able to mute the stories without any hassle.

Step 1: Open your Instagram account, and if you are not logged in, please log in. Locate the person’s stories that you see on top of the home page. Now, press their profile picture for a second and you will see some options.

Step 2: From the provided, you need to click on the mute option. You will be able to mute both posts and stories, but since you want to mute stories, hit the option that says “Mute Story.”

click on the mute story option

Part 3: How to Mute Someone's Posts on Instagram?

So, you are following someone who posts random stuff frequently, and it's annoying you. Why not learn the steps to mute the posts without letting the person know?

Step 1: Open your Instagram account and log in if you are not logged in already. Now that you are logged in, please browse through the posts first. Now, locate the person’s posts that you will like to mute. Click on the hamburger icon that you see to the right of the name of the person.

Step 2: You will see a list of option, which will include an option to mute the post.

Step 3: Click on the Mute Posts option that you see. This will mute all the posts by this person.

 click on the mute posts option

Part 4: How to Unmute Someone on Instagram?

After muting the person for a few days or months, you may suddenly feel curious to know what he or she is up to. In that case, you can unmute that person and start receiving their updates like earlier. So, here's what you need to do:

Step 1: Go to your Instagram account. Locate the person's account that you want to unmute. Now, visit the person's account by clicking on the person's profile.

Step 2: Once you are there, you need to click on the Following tab. You will see the mute option; go ahead and click on that.

Step 3: Now, toggle the posts and stories button off, and everything will be unmuted.

 toggle both posts and stories

Part 5: How to Not Get Muted on Instagram: 5 Tips for Brands

See, muting Instagram accounts is not rocket science. Since muting accounts is so easy, it becomes problematic for brands who want more and more customers to see their updates. So, if you are a brand and you are worried that your customers could be muting you on Instagram, let's share some tips that will help you and set you free from the worries of getting muted.

Tip 1: Share content that speaks high about the brand

Just because someone has started you as a brand doesn't mean they will continue to do so if you don't share quality content. Everything you post has to be strategical—the timing, the post, how to share the post, etc. The stories and posts should have offer value, making your audience want to see more.

Think of each post as a selling pitch. You can either make it or break it. Start investing in the posts that you create. Let your brand speak out and reach out to the customers in the right way. Work on the nitty-gritty, think of a story, use a good and readable font, and be mindful about the color choices.

Tip 2: Learn About Your Audience

When you publish something, it immediately is shown to a multitude of people who are using Instagram. Now, not everyone will be interested in the products that you sell. That's why you should think about keeping your posts aligned with the people who will see them. For example, if you are targeting the young crowd, work accordingly, but if elderly people are your target audience, don't use bright colors; go like that.

Understand and analyze what your audience likes and then share something. The better you understand your audience, the more loyal they will be to you.

Tip 3: Know when to post

You may feel that the more, the better. But this logic doesn't work with Instagram. It's just the opposite. The lesser, the better. But that lesser should be consistent. Your audience wants to interact to see something high in quality rather than high in quantity. Also, when you repeatedly share content on Instagram, it may come across as over-branding, which will eventually harm your reputation.

There is no use spending dollars upon dollars on content and sharing something new daily only to receive a handful of responses. Instead, wait for the right time and then post. Have a breather between one post and another.

Tip 4: Always use appropriate hashtags

Brands with millions and millions of followers don't have to worry about hashtags because their posts will be seen by their customers anyway. However, if you are new, you have to use appropriate hashtags. The more apt the hashtag will be, the better it will reach out to the target audience. Rather than inserting 20 hashtags, use them who will help you in getting seen. Start studying the hashtags that your competitors are using, and accordingly move forward.

Tip 5: Always interact with your audience

Once you post something valuable, you will start seeing comments of people wanting to know more. If you want to keep them as your valuable followers and don't want them to mute you, you need to connect with them on a personal basis.

Your audience wants to engage, so don't leave any chances. For example, you can share a live video willing to answer people's queries; when someone leaves a comment, reply to them, if not all, ensure to comment on the top ten, and so on. All in all, work on your engagement.

Bonus: How to Tell If Someone Has Muted You On Instagram?

Instagram never sends a notification to an account holder when someone mutes them. This is the reason why there is no direct way to find whether you have been muted or not. However, there are certain ways to find out. One way to go about it is to find out whether the concerned person likes your posts or sees your stories or not. If they aren't doing that, then you might have been muted.

Another way to find out is once you upload a story if the concerned person's name doesn't pop up in the story's viewers list, then yes, you may have been muted. But, as we said, there is no direct way to find out, only a few subtle hints.

FAQs About Instagram Mute

1. What does mute mean on Instagram?

Instagram mute means restricting yourself from seeing stories and posts of a person who you don't want to block. The person won't be notified about it.

2. What happens when you mute someone on Instagram?

When you mute someone on Instagram, you will still be following that person, but the posts and stories will no longer be shown on your feed. You can either mute stories or posts, else, both.

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Shanoon Cox
Shanoon Cox is a writer and a lover of all things video.