How to Use the Twitter Mute Feature

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

Woman in a blue dress muting users in the iPhone Twitter app.

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Twitter's mute feature is a popular free option designed for controlling what content appears in your Twitter timeline, filtering your notifications, and protecting yourself from internet trolls and online harassment.

Here's what you need to know about muting users and words on Twitter and what exactly happens when you do.

What Happens When You Mute Someone on Twitter?

When someone is muted 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 the account.

While a muted account will still be able to interact with your Twitter account as usual, all of these interactions will be completely hidden from you. You will not see any of their likes, retweets, or comments in your Twitter notifications. Nor will you be able to see any DMs from them in your Twitter inbox.

Essentially, muted users still get to feel like they're connecting with you but you get to ignore them completely.

Muted users still count towards 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 either from their Twitter profile or via one of their tweets in your timeline. The following instructions work with the official Twitter apps on Windows 10, Android, and iOS devices as well as the web version of Twitter that's accessed via your computer's internet browser.

Screenshots of the iOS Twitter app showing how to mute someone.
  • To mute a Twitter account from their profile page, tap on 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, tap on the small arrow in the upper-right corner of the tweet and tap on the Mute option from the menu.

To unmute someone on Twitter, simply repeat the steps for how to mute someone. If the target account has already been muted, the Mute option will appear as Unmute.

Who Has Muted Me on Twitter?

It's impossible for muted Twitter users to know that they've been muted by someone else as the feature doesn't stop you from interacting with an account. It simply stops the person who muted you from seeing your interactions with them.

The only way to know for sure if you've been muted is to get someone else to ask the owner of the account for you.

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 realise 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.

    Muted users are unable to tell when they've been muted, however blocked Twitter users can. This is because they will be notified of their blocked status when trying to view your profile or send you a DM.

    What is 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 will be hidden from you when viewing your timeline.

    Here's how to add words to your Twitter Muted words list in the official Twitter apps on Windows 10, iOS, and Android and on the web.

    1. Tap on your profile photo to open an options menu.

      How to add muted words in the iPhone Twitter app.
    2. Scroll down the menu and tap on Settings and privacy.

    3. Tap on Content preferences.

    4. Tap on Muted.

      How to add muted words in the iPhone Twitter app.
    5. Tap on Muted words.

    6. On the next screen, tap on the blue Add button to add a word or phrase to your Twitter Muted words list.

    7. Type in your word or phrase and choose whether you wish 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.

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

    8. When you have all your options set, tap on Save.

    You can add as many words and phrases to your Muted words list as you want. If you ever want to unmute a word or phrase, simply tap on it from the Word list and then tap on 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 Spider-Man, Spiderman, and even Peter Parker as individual entries.