How to Mute Someone on Instagram

If you don't want to block someone, mute them instead

What to Know

  • Go to the person's Instagram page and select Following > Mute. You can choose to silence Posts or Stories using the toggles.
  • To see who you have muted, go to your profile > Menu > Settings > Privacy > Muted Accounts.
  • You can still view muted stories. You'll find them at the end of your Stories feed with transparent icons.

If you don't want to see Instagram posts or stories from a particular user, you can mute them without having to unfollow or block them. Also, they won't know you muted them. Here's how to do it.

How to Mute an Instagram User's Posts and Stories

Posts appear in your feed. Stories appear at the top of your feed in a horizontal line as profile images. Here's how to stop seeing either or both for a particular user.

  1. Sign into Instagram and navigate to the user's Instagram page. You can select the search icon and enter their name in the search bar.

  2. On their Instagram page, select Following below their profile image.

  3. Select Mute.

  4. Mute posts by setting the Posts switch on. Mute stories by setting the Stories switch on.

    Instagram - muting posts and stories

    The user's profile image will turn slightly transparent, and their stories will show at the end of your feed.

    You can also mute a user directly from your feed. To mute a user from your feed, tap the three dots next to their name > Mute > Mute Posts or Mute Posts and Story.

How to Unmute a User's Posts or Stories

To unmute a user's posts or stories:

  1. Navigate to the muted user's Instagram page.

  2. Tap Following below their profile image.

  3. Tap Mute.

  4. Unmute posts by turning the Posts switch off. Unmute stories by turning the Stories switch off.

    Instagram - unmuting

How to See Who You've Muted

Forgot who you muted? Instagram keeps a running list of your muted users in your privacy settings.

  1. Tap your profile image.

  2. Tap the menu icon in the upper-right corner.

    Instagram - navigating to Settings
  3. Select Settings.

  4. Select Privacy.

  5. Under Connections, select Muted Accounts.

    Instagram - see who you've muted
  6. Select any user to go to their Instagram page and optionally unmute them by following the steps in the section above.

    You can still view muted users' stories by going to the end of your stories and tapping their transparent profile image or by visiting their Instagram page. Muting only prevents them from showing up in your stories feed.

  • What's the difference between mute and restrict on Instagram?

    When you restrict someone, their comments on your posts will not be visible to the public. The other person will still see their comments, so they won't know that you restricted them.

  • How do I restrict someone on Instagram?

    To restrict someone on Instagram, go to their page and tap Following under their profile image, then tap Restrict. The person will not know that you restricted them.

  • How do I mute comments on Instagram?

    To turn off comments for specific posts, go to the post and tap the three-dot menu, then tap Turn off commenting.

  • How do I mute a conversation on Instagram?

    Tap on the conversation you wish to mute, tap the user's name, then tap Mute Messages or Mute Call Notifications. The other user will not know that you muted their calls.

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