When you "mute" someone on the Instagram social media app, you're essentially hiding their posts and stories from your feed. This is a great solution for Instagram users who want to unfollow another user, but cannot for some reason. Instagram gives you the option to mute someone's posts or stories, or both.
However, when you mute someone, can they tell? In this article, we will explain what happens when you mute someone on Instagram. Additionally, we'll show you how to mute another Instagram user when you don't want to see their content.
Muting someone on Instagram is not the same as unfollowing them. When you mute an Instagram user, you won't be able to see anything they post, whether it's a story or a post. The same is true if someone mutes you, because your content won't appear on their feed.
However, if you want to see what they've been up to lately, you'll be able to see everything on their profile (except stories, as they disappear after 24 hours). Likewise, if that person tagged you in a post or story, you'd still get a notification no matter who cut who.
Instagram offered the mute feature for situations where you don't want to see someone's content, but you can't unsubscribe. Likewise, if you want to keep messaging someone but aren't interested in what they post, you can simply hide them from your feed. If you change your mind, you can turn them back on just as easily.
However, the main question is: if someone muted you on Instagram, could you say so? Since Instagram values its users' privacy, they won't be notified if you cut them. Therefore, there is no sure way to tell if someone has muted you.
While you can't be 100% sure you've been muted, there are signs that point to it. For example, if you noticed that someone suddenly stopped liking your posts or seeing your stories, that might mean they've muted you. Although Instagram's algorithm is constantly changing, this may not be the case. In other words, if you don't update your profile regularly by uploading posts and stories several times a week, chances are half of your followers won't see them when you do.
There's a trick worth trying to see if someone has muted you, but it only works with Instagram stories, and only if you want to focus on one person. To see if someone has cut your stories, you'll create a "Close Friends" list and add just one person. Here's how it's done:
- Open Instagram on your phone.
- Go to your profile picture in the lower right corner. This will take you to your profile.
- Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your screen.
- Select "Close Friends" from the menu.
- If you already have a list of close friends, tap the "Remove All" button.
- In the "Search" bar, enter the username of the person who may have muted you. You are only going to add one person.
- Post a story to your “Close Friends” list.
All you have to do is wait. Keep in mind that you are not supposed to tag them, as they will be notified immediately. If 24 hours pass and your story disappears and they haven't opened it, it could be a sign that they've muted you. As mentioned earlier, there is no way to be certain. Maybe they just didn't use Instagram in that period.
If you're wondering where to find all the people you've muted (because you'll probably forget half of them), here's where they are:
1. Go to your profile.
2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of the screen.
3. Go to "Settings" in the menu.
4. Select "Privacy" from the list of options.
5. Scroll down to "Ignored Accounts".
You will be able to see all the users you have muted. If you want to unmute someone, just go to their profile and tap the “Mute” tab again. When you return to your feed, anything they've posted recently will appear.
While there's no guaranteed way to tell which users have muted you on Instagram, there are a few things you can try to check whether they're engaging with your content or not. Ultimately, if someone has really muted you on Instagram, there's nothing you can do about it. The good news is that if you were the one deafening someone, they wouldn't be able to tell.
Have you ever muted someone on Instagram before? Why did you mute them? Let us know in the comments section below.