How to Mute or Unmute Someone on Instagram

Here's how you can mute someone on Instagram without unfollowing them.

In this socially advanced day and age, people never miss out an opportunity to scroll through Instagram. But, the social media noise can be too much to handle at times, taking a toll on your mental health.

Everyone has the right to post whatever they want on Instagram. Similarly, you, too, have the right to avoid their posts and maintain your peace of mind. After all, you’re not obligated to like and comment on other people’s photos if you don’t want to. 

That’s where Instagram’s mute feature comes into play. This feature is especially helpful if you don’t want to unfollow someone. So, you can preserve that semblance of acquaintanceship while removing the unnecessary hubbub from your social media.

If you’ve been wondering how to mute or unmute someone on Instagram, we have some good news for you. This comprehensive guide will help you learn how to mute an individual’s Instagram stories or posts. So, without much further ado, let’s dive right in!

How To Mute Someone’s Posts

Here is a step by step guide on how to mute someone’s posts on Instagram through their account:


Log in to your Instagram account and open the profile of the person you want to mute. You can do this by either clicking on their name if it appears on your feed or searching for their account in the Instagram search bar.

Once you open their profile, click on the button that says “Following.” A pop-up will appear with an option that says Mute. Select it.

This will give you two options; mute posts or stories. Select the toggle slider to “Posts,” and you’re done.

Here is a step by step guide on how to mute someone’s posts on Instagram through your feed:

If you come across a post from a person you’d like to mute, click on the three dots at the top right-hand corner of their picture.

A “Hide” option will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on it to hide the post you’ve selected.

Although this won’t mute all their posts, you’ll get the option to “Mute” once you choose to hide a post. Click on this and choose between muting posts, stories or both. You’ll be good to go once you select your preferred option. 

It’s a good thing that the user won’t be notified if you mute him/her. So, you can mute as many people as you’d like without having to worry about ruining friendships.

How To Mute Someone’s Instagram Stories

It’s important to remember that you can mute someone’s stories through the above-mentioned process. Muting someone through their profile will allow you to mute only the user’s Stories. 

On the other hand, muting someone through your feed means that you’ll only be able to mute their Stories if you also mute their posts. There are a few more ways to mute someone’s Stories on Instagram. Let’s have a look:

When you open your Instagram feed, you’ll see the stories of all the people you follow on top.

Out of this lineup, press and hold on the profile picture of the account you want to mute. You’ll see a pop-up giving you options to either “Mute” or “View Profile.” 

Click on “Mute” and choose between “Mute Story” or “Mute Story and Posts.”

You can also mute Instagram Stories by viewing the person’s story and clicking the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your screen. 

Now, you’ll select “Mute” and, as usual, get the option to either mute the account’s story or mute both their Story and their posts. You can select whichever option you prefer.

Again, just like muting posts, the account won’t be notified if you’ve muted their stories. So, you can relax and enjoy scrolling through Instagram without looking at random posts.

What’s great is that this ‘muting’ is not permanent. So, in case you want to unmute the account, you can do that too. Continue reading and see how you can do that.

How to Unmute Someone on Instagram

Muting someone doesn’t mean that you won’t see their posts or stories ever again. It was your choice to mute them, and it’s your choice to unmute them as well. 

All you have to do is tap on the “Following” button on their profile page. Then click on the “Mute” option in the pop-up that appears. Now, click on the toggles next to “Posts” and “Stories” to unmute the Instagram profile.

Say Goodbye to Unnecessary Posts

If you do not enjoy watching someone’s content, you have the option to mute them and scroll through feeds you actually like. It’s a great way to block out content from people without completely unfollowing them. For example, your sweet aunt or that ex you want to remain civil with.

Whatever the situation is, muting or unmuting someone’s posts or stories is a great feature to take a small break from all things ‘social’. Thus, ensuring that you’re able to keep your sanity intact.


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