How to Mute People on Instagram Without Unfollowing Them

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There's a lot happening in the world right now, which means there's a lot happening on social media. If you want to take a break from seeing posts from certain people, you can do that without unfollowing or blocking them, and they'll never know.


Muting accounts is a great way to get some mental space from a friend or partner you need some virtual social distance from, celebrities or brands that post too much, or any negativity on your feed.

Here's how to mute accounts

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From their profile:


  1. Go to the profile of the person you want to mute.
  2. Tap Following below their profile info.
  3. Tap Mute.
  4. Choose if you want to mute Posts, Stories, or both.

From your feed:

  1. Tap the three dots (...) to the right of their name.
  2. Tap Mute.
  3. Choose if you want to mute Posts, Stories, or both.

That's it. You can unmute them whenever you want and they'll never know you were ever gone.