What Happens When You Mute Someone On Instagram?

Someone bothering you on Instagram? If so, you might want to mute them right away. Here’s how.

It may be a colleague, a distant relative, or a close acquaintance. You may be hesitantly following one of them, and you are uninterested in their posts on Instagram for reasons best known to you. Telling them may hurt their feelings, and unfollowing them may not go down so well with them.

Fortunately, you can mute users on Instagram without unfollowing them on. The greatest part is that Instagram would not notify them that you have unfollowed them from their posts and stories.

Let’s dive into how this process works, so you can start muting those annoying and attention seeking users today!

If you mute a follower on Instagram, what happens?

Muting somebody on Instagram is the same as having a break from a real-life discussion. You respectfully exit the discussion without causing any commotion or ruffled feathers.

You won’t see the stories, images, or videos that anyone has shared on your feed if you mute them. On the other hand, the other guy will see your content, and you can all access each other’s pages.

Furthermore, there is no indication to the other party that you have muted them. That can also make you think if someone muted you and respectfully excused themselves from your posts? How would you know?

How to Tell If Anyone On Instagram Has Muted You

Your engagement rate would suffer as a result of people who mute your posts. Therefore, it’s important to figure out who muted you so you can take action.

How to know if you have been muted on Instagram?

Add the suspect to your list of close friends

If you want to figure out if anyone has muted your Instagram story, this approach is ideal. This will work if you don’t already have a list of close friends. If you’ve already built a list of close friends, you can exclude anyone from it for this purpose.

So, on the list, just add the name of the person you suspect they muted you. Next, share a joke with your closest friends on the list. Check back in a few hours to see if the individual has viewed your Instagram story. If they didn’t, there’s a good chance they’ve muted your story.

However, just because they didn’t view your Instagram story doesn’t suggest they muted it. Some people don’t check their timelines as often as others.

Therefore, you’ll need to post more stories to be sure whether the person muted your story. If the individual didn’t mute you, posting more stories would improve the odds of them seeing it.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to go about it:

  • Add the suspected person to your list of close friends.
  • Post a story for only your list of close friends on Instagram.
  • Wait for a few hours to check if the person will view your story.
  • Repeat the process at least twice more to increase the likelihood of their seeing it.

If you went through the process at least twice and the individual still didn’t view it, it’s possible that they’ve mute your Instagram story. And this is also a good way to remove any new IG followers that you might be getting from random or unknown sources that come off as spammy.

Make use of a third-party application

Second, you can download and use a third-party app and see if anyone on Instagram has muted you. This approach is only for determining whether or not anyone has muted the posts. The first approach is to figure out if anyone has muted the stories.

You will see who unfollowed you, who isn’t following you, your ghost followers, and more using a third-party app. Anything along the lines of “Ghost followers” or “Least active followers” is the function you’ll want to use.

The basic concept is to select the followers who have connected the least with your posts. This way, you’ll be able to see if someone has muted messages from you.

Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and install an Instagram analytics app. Check for “Instagram analytics” or “Instagram insights” and download one of the applications that come up.

After you’ve downloaded it, look for the “Ghost followers” or “Least engaged followers” functionality. However, since this is primarily a paying option, you would need to buy it to use it.

Unfortunately, if you don’t pay for the option, you won’t see which of your followers aren’t responding to your messages. Once you’ve paid for the feature, you can browse the list and see if the person you’re searching for is included.

If the person is on the list, it’s likely that they’ve muted your messages because they’re not responding to them.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you:

  • Install an Instagram analytics program on your phone.
  • Buy the “Ghost Followers” feature.
  • Check the list of “Ghost followers” to see if the person you’re searching for is there.

This method works well if you want to see if anyone has muted your Instagram messages.

If you see the individual in the “Ghost followers” folder, it’s possible that they’ve muted your posts because they don’t like them or for whatever reason. Otherwise, they’re either inactive on Instagram or haven’t bothered to like any of your posts.

They aren’t among your stories viewer list

The last indicator that anyone has muted you on Instagram is that they no longer view your stories. They might have muted your stories if they regularly read them in the past but haven’t done so lately.

This technique is less successful than the previous two, so you must be particularly vigilant. So, unless you’ve been keeping track of who’s seen your stories, I wouldn’t recommend doing this last tip.

However, if you’re constantly checking the viewer list of your stories, it functions effectively.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial about how to do it:

  • Post a story on Instagram
  • Check to see whether anyone has seen your story in the last 24 hours.
  • Repeat the process

If you shared several stories for weeks and the user did not read them, it’s possible that they muted your stories. And this is also likely a method that many top IG influencers are using to block out annoying spammers and haters from their accounts.

How to mute Instagram messages and stories?

Open your Instagram account via your mobile phone and log in. By looking for their username or browsing through your list of followers or users you track, you will find the profile you want to block.

To access the pop-out menu, tap the three-dot icon in the top-right corner. Block, Hide Your story, Copy Profile URL, and other options are available. Select Mute from the list of choices.

Mute Posts, Mute Story, and Mute Posts and Story are the three available options. Choose the “Mute stories” option to mute their stories and the “Mute Post” option to mute their posts.

You may use the “Mute Posts and Story” choice to mute all of their content.

How to Mute Instagram Messages?

When you mute someone’s messages on Instagram, all notifications are turned off. It doesn’t stop the person from contacting you. Since there are no alerts, you may opt not to react to those texts. But messages from the person will keep piling up in your inbox as long as they keep sending.

Here’s how to mute Instagram messages:

  • Open Instagram on your mobile and log in.
  • To access your inbox, tap the arrow icon in the top-right corner.
  • By clicking on the convo you wish to silence, you can tap on the person’s name at the top.
  • You have two choices. – Mute video chats and Mute messages. Choose one or both.

When you’re busy, there won’t be any more ringing messages.

In Conclusion

Mute videos, mute stories, mute posts and stories, and mute direct messages are the four options for muting on Instagram. Remember that when you mute someone, their updates will not appear in your feed.

If you then mute their stories, you will no longer be on their timeline. Finally, muting their direct messages will prevent you from alerts of messages coming from them.

If you enjoyed this article, be sure to read through our latest reference guides on how to get famous on social media, or checking out our updated list on the funniest animal accounts to start following on IG.


Written by Kristel Staci

Kristel Staci is an entrepreneur and freelance writer that focuses on everything related to social media, online marketing and finance. To see what Kristel is currently working on, you can visit her blog at

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