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

Content Marketer and Writer
Updated 06 February, 2024
Julia Moore
Content Marketer and Writer
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Mute posts and Stories on Instagram

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 someone's Instagram account

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

Stories of a muted Instagram account 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 people, no matter when the user’s Stories are posted.

Muted Instagram 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 mute them. But it is not too difficult to figure out if you stop commenting and liking suddenly, or don’t understand what Story the person is talking about. 

How to mute someone’s Instagram posts and Stories

You can mute someone's Instagram profile only in the app. Use the Following button, or Stories. 

The Following button

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.

Instagram Stories

You can mute people on Instagram 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 profile on Instagram

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

The Following button

Use the Following button to get the posts and Stories back in your Instagram feed. 

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

Instagram Stories

You can unmute Instagram 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 person won’t come through. Even if you turned on the notifications in the settings

How to see the list of the muted accounts on Instagram

Use the list of the accounts you muted on Instagram to find a profile you need and get their posts and Stories back in your feed 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 from someone on Instagram

Besides the feed, you can mute someone in Instagram Direct, you can well mute group chats on Instagram. You can mute their messages and video-calls. They will come through to you in DM, but without push notifications.

You can mute someone in Instagram Direct in the app:

  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 someone in Instagram Direct, an icon of a crossed speaker appears near a chat with them.

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

People who you mute in Instagram DM don’t appear on the Muted Accounts list. But you always can find them in the DM chats list. 

Instead of muting messages, posts and Stories on Instagram

If you have a business on socials, you probably get lots of messages with orders and questions. No wonder you want to mute Instagram accounts, but we have a better option.

To avoid distracting messages on Instagram while you work, optimize your sells:

  • Create a page for your bio. Add contacts of your sales managers, links to catalogs on your website, and payment forms. People on Instagram will be able to purchase online without you involved. Your customers get what they come for. And you don’t have to mute their Instagram accounts.

Look at a page example. If you like it, use this template to create a similar page after a quick sign-up.

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 an individual Instagram user. Then, they won’t distract you from working or enjoying your time. Turning off your active status may also be a solution if you don't want to get messages.

Read more Instagram tips that can make your app experience better.