How to mute someone on Instagram — posts, Stories, messages

Julia Moore
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Reading time — 8 minutes

Mute posts and Stories

When you mute someone on Instagram, their content disappears from your feed. You can hide all user’s Stories, or all their posts and Stories. When you mute posts, Reels and IGTV preview won’t appear in your feed too. Still, you can see all the photos and videos on the user’s profile page. 

What happens when you mute a user

Posts of a muted user are not displayed on your home page. They are not shown until you unmute the user. 

Stories of a muted user are displayed on your home page. But the profile photo becomes semi-transparent and is moved to the end. You will always see it after all profile photos of not muted users, no matter when the user’s Stories are posted. Muted Stories will not play automatically after all others’. But you can view them by tapping the profile photo. 

Instagram doesn’t notify a user that you’ve muted them. But it is not too difficult to figure out if you stop commenting and liking suddenly, or don’t understand what Story the user is talking about. 

How to mute someone’s posts and Stories

You can mute a user only from the app. Use the Following button, or Stories. 


You can always mute someone on Instagram from their profile page.

  1. Tap the Following button.
  2. Go to the Mute section. 
  3. Make the buttons opposite to the content you don’t want to see on your Homepage active.


You can mute a user when watching their Stories. 

  1. Tap the three dots in a Story.
  2. Choose Mute.
  3. Choose an option depending on what you want to hide. 

How to unmute a user

If you want to know about a user’s updates from your feed again, unmute them the same ways from the app. 


Use the Following button to get the posts and Stories back. 

  1. Tap the Following button. 
  2. Go to the Mute section. 
  3. Make the buttons not active.


You can unmute Stories from Stories.

  1. Open the three dots menu.
  2. Choose Unmute Story.
Bear in mind, when you mute someone on Instagram, notifications about new Stories of the user won’t come through. Even if you turned on the notifications in the settings

Muted Accounts list

Use the list of muted users to find a profile you need to unmute quickly.

  1. Open profile settings.
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Choose the Privacy section. 
  4. Open Muted Accounts.

Under a username you can see the content that is hidden.

How to mute messages on Instagram

Apart from photos and videos of a particular user, you can mute their messages and video-calls. They will come through to you, but without push notifications. You can mute someone on Instagram only in the app.

You mute messages and calls in DM settings. 

  1. Open Direct.
  2. Choose a dialog.
  3. Tap the icon with "i".
  4. Tap Mute Messages to turn off notifications about new messages.
  5. Tap Mute Call Notifications to turn off notifications about video-calls.

When you’ve muted a user in Instagram Direct, an icon of a crossed speaker appears near a dialog with them.

You won’t receive the notifications until you turn them on again. 

The users you mute in DM don’t appear on the Muted Accounts list. But you always can find them in DM to unmute. 

A solution for business

If you have a business on Instagram, you probably get lots of messages with orders and questions. To avoid distracting messages while you work, optimize your sells:

  • Create a Taplink page. Add contacts of your sales managers, links to catalogs on your website, and payment forms. Users will be able to purchase online without you involved. 

On the first screenshot, you can see the editor interface with examples of added blocks. On the second one, you can see what other blocks you can add on your Taplink page.

Your customers get what they come for. And you don’t have to mute them.

The bottom line

You can mute someone on Instagram to make their posts and Stories disappear from your feed. Without them, you will see only interesting content on your Homepage.

You can also mute messages notifications from a single user. Then, they won’t distract you from working or enjoying your time. 

What are you going to mute — posts, Stories, or Direct messages? Write in comments!