How to Mute Twitter Users and Create a Muted Words List

Mute a person or a word to make your Twitter time less stressful

Twitter's mute feature is a popular free option designed to control what content appears in your Twitter timeline, filter your notifications, and protect yourself from internet trolls and online harassment.

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Twitter?

When you mute someone on Twitter, they continue to see tweets posted by the account that muted them and can like, retweet, and comment on them. Muted users can also send a DM, or direct message, to you.

While a muted account can still interact with your Twitter account, Twitter hides these interactions from you. You will not see any of their likes, retweets, or comments in your Twitter notifications or DMs from them in your Twitter inbox.

Muted users still count toward your total follower count (if they follow you, that is), and their interactions with your tweets also contribute to the total number of tweet likes and retweets.

How to Mute Someone on Twitter

You can mute another user on Twitter from their profile or one of their tweets in your timeline. The following instructions work with the official Twitter apps on Windows 10Android, and iOS devices, as well as the web version of Twitter via your computer's internet browser.

  • To mute a Twitter account from their profile page, select the gear icon next to their profile picture, and then tap on the Mute option.
  • To mute someone on Twitter directly from one of their tweets, select the small arrow in the upper-right corner of the tweet, and tap on the menu's Mute option.
Mute option on Twitter profile

How to Use the Twitter Muted Words List

In addition to muting user accounts, you can also mute words and phrases on Twitter by adding them to the Muted words list. After adding a word or phrase to your Muted words list, any tweet containing them is hidden from you when you view your timeline.

  1. Log into Twitter and access your profile. Swipe right on the app or select More on the web and choose Settings and privacy.

  2. Select Content preferences if you are using the Twitter app. If you are in a web browser, choose Mute and Block.

  3. Select Muted.

    Twitter app showing path to Muted words
  4. Select Muted words.

  5. Select the blue Add button to add a word or phrase to your Twitter Muted words list.

  6. Type in the word or phrase and choose whether you want to hide it from your timeline and notifications by tapping on the relevant options. You can also choose whether to hide it when it's used by anyone on Twitter or by people you don't follow.

    Adding a Muted Word in the Twitter app

    At the bottom of this screen is a Duration option, which lets you mute a word forever, one day, a week, or a month. These options can be useful when you want to temporarily hide specific content, such as TV show spoilers for a short time.

  7. When you have all the options set, select Save.

You can add as many words and phrases to the Muted words list as you want. If you ever want to unmute a word or phrase, tap on it from the Word list and then tap the Delete word button at the bottom of the screen.

While the Muted words list isn't case-sensitive, it doesn't account for word variations. For example, if you want to mute all references to Spider-Man, you would need to add SpiderMan, Spiderman, and even Peter Parker as individual entries.

To unmute someone on Twitter, repeat the steps for how to mute someone, and select Undo. If the target account has already been muted, the Mute option appears as Unmute.

Who Has Muted Me on Twitter?

Muted Twitter users don't know that they've been muted by someone else as the feature doesn't stop you from interacting with an account. It merely prevents the person who muted you from seeing your interactions with them.

Who to Mute on Twitter

Here are some reasons why you may choose to mute another Twitter user:

  • An Overenthusiastic Follower: It's great to have loyal Twitter followers who like and retweet some of your tweets, but if they're liking and retweeting all of your tweets, this can be overwhelming, and it can be a good idea to mute them. This way, they can still follow you and interact with your content, but you will no longer get notified every time they do so.
  • Internet Trolls: Blocking internet trolls for harassing you online can seem like a logical solution until the trolls realize they've been blocked by viewing your Twitter profile. Muting these toxic accounts is the best option as they'll have no idea you can't see their interactions, so they won't try to create duplicate accounts or contact you via other social networks or email.
  • Friends and Family: As much as you love your friends and family, you may not want to see their political or opinionated tweets in your Twitter timeline. Unfollowing or blocking them could cause untold drama, so muting is the way to go. They'll still see you as following their account, and you won't have to see anything they tweet.

Are Mute and Block the Same on Twitter?

Muting someone on Twitter lets the user see and interact with your tweets but hides all of their interactions from you. Blocking someone also hides their interactions from you and prevents the user from viewing your tweets, media, and profile.

Users are unable to tell when you mute them. However, blocked Twitter users can tell because Twitter notifies them of their blocked status if they try to view your profile or send you a DM.

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