How Do You Mute Someone on Instagram?

Mute Someone on Instagram

Are you want to clean up your Instagram timeline and stories feed from dirty posts from a particular user on the platform without them knowing? The solution is to mute the account on Instagram.

Key Content:

  • Mute Someone from Your Instagram Feed
  • Mute Someone on Their Instagram Profile
  • Mute Someone on Instagram DM

While Instagram is a popular platform, many people are joining it. Not everyone is worth having on the followers' list because of the posts they share. So, when you want a clean timeline and o not know where to start cleaning, consider filtering the timeline posts. This article will cover you from all corners if you are in such a situation.

If you have a group chat and the DMs are not directed to the right place, or the feed does not look pleasing, you can sort the particular accounts by muting them. Some Instagram stories do not seem pleasing when they appear at the top of your feed. This is where Instagram has worked hard to develop many features to keep you safe.

Therefore, with the inception of the mute feature, people can now sort out different situations on social media platforms and decide on what quality of posts they need to see on their timelines. This option is kind of blocking but less spicy to an our article, we will take you through the steps you need to follow to mute someone on Instagram and many more tips at your comfort. Stay tuned and enjoy reading.

How to Mute Someone on Instagram

While you can mute someone on the Instagram platform, you can approach the feature in different scenarios. In this section, we will cover the relevant parts starting from the Instagram feed, through the profile, to the Instagram DMs. Read along with us:

Mute Someone from Your Instagram Feed

First, you can mute someone's Instagram account to avoid their posts appearing on your Instagram feeds. Here is the procedure you need to follow:

Step 1: Launch the Instagram application and ensure you are logged in to the account.

Step 2: After that, click on the dotted button, which is found in the right corner of the posts of the person whose profile you want to mute.


Step 3: After that, click on hide from the resulting menu.

Step 4: And after that, click on the mute (account name) option.


Step 5: From that, you will be redirected to make choices. You can mute the posts or decide to mute the posts and stories.

Step 6: You can still decide to unmute anytime you feel like it. In that case, you will still follow the simple steps we will cover in the other section of our article.

Mute Someone on Their Instagram Profile

The second option you can make in muting someone's account on Instagram is their Instagram profile. This is as simple as the first one.

Step 1: Launch the Instagram account, and log in with your credentials.

Step 2: then head to the target person's profile whom you wish to mute their profile

Step 3: Then click on the following button beneath their bio and name.

Step 4: After that, click on the mute option.

Step 5: Click on the switches, and ensure that these switches are blue when you want to mute their stories and posts.


Step 6: If you want to unmute the person or unblock their profile, simply click on the switches and ensure they have turned grey, and you are good to go. It is simple. Let us find out the least procedure for Instagram DM.

Mute Someone on Instagram DM

Step 1: Upon launching the Instagram application and logging into the account, head to the top right corner of your screen and click on the arrow to access the DM.

Step 2:  Click on the chat  of the target person whom you want to mute their DMs

Step 3: Then, once it opens up, click on their name, which is displayed on the top page of the chat.


Step 4: Click on the switches located at the top and ensure they are turned blue, indicating that you have muted the person's DM or even the call notification.


Step 5: You can also unmute immediately by repeatedly clicking on the switches until they turn grey.

Sounds simple, right? Let's move on with the next section of our article, finding people you have muted on Instagram.

How to See Who You Muted on Instagram?

Human beings are prone to error and forgetfulness. When you mute someone, you can as well forget their name. The good news is that Instagram has a running list of the people you have muted but kept deep below the privacy settings. To access the list, follow these steps and pay attention:

Step 1: First, we assume you have launched the Instagram application and logged in to our account.

Step 2: Then, while on your account, click on the profile icon or image and proceed.

Step 3: Locate the menu icon and click on then. They are found in the upper right corner of your screen.

Step 4: From the resulting menu, click on the settings


Step 5: Then choose privacy after that.


Step 6: And beneath the connections, choose the muted account from the options.


Step 7: You will have a list of the muted people. You can select anyone you want to unmute and access their Instagram page. Then you can unmute them with simple clicks, as discussed in the above section.

But note that as long as you can access the list of the muted people on Instagram, you can also access their stories which are always at the end of the stories at the top of your feeds. You can simply click on the transparent profile icon or decide to visit their Instagram profile. When you mute someone, you only prevent their stories and posts from appearing on your feeds or stories section.

How Do You Know If Someone Muted You on Instagram?

If you suspect someone has muted your Instagram profile or timeline, you can still get an answer for this case. This is the right section to get you answered by the end of the article.

First, you must know that when someone has muted your Instagram account, the definitely affects your engagement rate negatively. The first argument is that the posts will not be visible on their feeds. Thus, they will not be able to engage with it unless they decide to visit your profile through searching.


It is worth locating the people who mute you on Instagram to take the necessary action and redeem the engagement rate. You might be astonished that your mutual friend is not interacting with the posts on the platform. Then there is no need to like or engage with their posts.

In this section, we will share some of the basic ways to tell if someone has muted you on Instagram. Though these three methods are not perfect, at least one will guarantee you the assuredly that someone has muted your account.

Also, note that when someone mutes your account, Instagram does not notify you. This calls for the advanced procedure to know if you have been muted. Without wasting time, let us get started with the first method:

1. Add Freidns to the Clsoe Freidn List on Instagram


This is the first option when you need to know when someone has muted your Instagram profile. Add the person in question to the close friend list. It is a great move when you want to locate a particular person who has decided to mute your Instagram story.

However, there is a limitation to this method's work. The thing is, you must not have an existing close friend list. And if you have an existing friend list, you must make sure that you delete the list even before proposing the method. When you are done with this, you can proceed only to add a specific person in question. The one you suspect has muted your Instagram stories or feeds.

Then you can proceed to post your typical Instagram story for your close friend list to see. Once you post, give it time, like a few hours. After that, launch the app and check to find out if the person has viewed the story you shared in the story section. If you find out that the target person has not viewed your story, then there is the possibility that they have muted your Instagram story.

But that is not sure or does not guarantee the conclusion. this is because they might have been busy or not active on the platform to see your Instagram story. Again, a group of people does not enjoy seeing Instagram stories often.

For you to be sure that the person has muted your Instagram story, then you must make sure that you post multiple Instagram stories and keep watching as it increases the chances of that person accessing the story if at all they have muted from their end. However, this way is somehow challenging. But here are the relevant steps you can take to make it simpler:

Step 1: Start by adding the target person to the close friends' list whose status you want to establish if they have muted you on the Instagram story.

Step 2: Then curate stories and share them with close friends on your Instagram account.

Step 3: Give it time and come back later to check if the person in question has viewed the Instagram story.

Keep reading this process for at least their time to ensure that you have a high chance of concluding or the target person seeing the story if they have not muted you. When the p[erson does not view your story even after posting multiple times, they may have muted your Instagram story. If this method is not convincing, move to the next method below.

2. Use Third-Party Application

If the first fails, the second option is to use a third-party application. This is a simpler method to know if someone has muted your Instagram account. However, this method does not apply to Instagram stories only when you want to locate who has muted your Instagram posts. If your target is Instagram stories, then refer to the first method.


Otherwise, a third party helps you not only see who has muted your Instagram posts but also those who have unfollowed you, those not following your account back, and even your ghost followers. In this case, the feature you need is something close to ghost followers or finding the least engaged followers on your profile.

The main point is to locate all those Instagram followers who have least interacted with your post on the platform. This is the simplest approach to locating who has muted your post. You can only achieve it using the Instagram analytic applications. There are o many apps on the play store or app store, depending on your device. Just go to the right place, type in Instagram Analytics, and download the application of your choice from the search result.

Once you download the app, launch and locate the feature known as ghost followers and if not, then go with the least engaged followers option. But remember to access this feature, you must use a premium version.

If not, you will never be able to see the analytics and those people who are not engaging with your Instagram posts. And if you manage to have the premium version, navigate through the list and do the analysis. If someone falls under the list of ghost followers, then there is a high chance they have muted your Instagram post.

It might sound consuming, but here is what you need to do in this method:

Step 1: First, locate and download the relevant Instagram analytic tool from the store, purchase the premium version, and access the ghost follower or least engaged follower tool.

Step 2: Go through the ghost followers list and evaluate the particular people who are likely to have muted your Instagram posts.

This is a reliable method if you analyze the posts and those people who have muted accessing the posts. If someone falls under this list of ghost followers, it raises suspicion that they have muted Instagram posts. But sometimes, these people are inactive. If not, they never bother about the posts. Maybe the third method might save you a day.

3. Not Available in the Story's Viewer List


This is the final method to tell that someone is muted on Instagram. They never see your stories anymore on Instagram. You might realize that the people consistently viewing your Instagram stories have abruptly stopped and are unavailable on the story viewer list. There is the possibility that it has muted you.

However, this method is less reliable and effective than the first two. This is because it is demanding and needs to be extremely observant to locate the users. We do not recommend using this method, but when you have consistently kept track of the viewers' list on the story, you are good to go with it. But it delivers as you want as long you dedicate your time to tracking the list. Here are a few steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Launch Instagram and log in, then proceed by posting the Instagram story.

Step 2: Track the particular person you suspect has muted you for the next 24 hours.

Step 3: Repeat the process and keep checking the story viewers' list.

When you can post Instagram stories, let us say maybe within a span of one week, and realize the person has not been able to exist on the viewer list, you can conclude that the person has muted your Instagram stories. The other assumption also applies here as someone might be busy, and there is no time to watch Instagram stories.

Instagram Mute Vs. Instagram Restrict Vs. Instagram Block

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There is a heated confusion between the restriction, blocking, and Instagram mute feature. Having covered everything under the muting feature, we also need to make it clear so that you can understand the differences between these three features on Instagram. Blocking is applying a full version of muting to someone's account.

And here, when you mute an Instagram account, it implies you are following the person and does not affect the following activities but rather the pots, stories, and timeline. That is engagement with the Instagram posts. If someone mutes you, they will be able to see your posts and everything as well. You can see the timeline only when you manually visit the profile.

On the contrary, when you block someone on Instagram, you will no longer see the posts, get notifications or even send messages to each other. And even when someone searches the profile, you will never be able to locate it since you have kept their profile in the dark.

In summary, blocking removes the target user account from your search or friend list, so they can never engage with your account or posts. But restricting an account simply means you have all interaction in place between the two accounts, but your posts will not be visible to the targeted account. Equally, they are free to engage with your posts s end the DMs to your account.

But on the other hand, when you mute your Instagram account, it prevents their posts and stories from appearing on your story feeds or timeline. However, they can send you the DMs and access your posts by searching your profile. They will never see you automatically on their feeds unless you decide to unmute their profile.

To this extent, the choice of which one you can use depends on you. When you want to distance yourself from unpleasing and access posts, you secretly mute them. When you do not want the target person to access your posts and automatically restrict but when you need to cut ties with the account and let each other keep away from everyone's account, then go ahead and press that block button.


Instagram is a very special social media platform. It gives you all the power to manage your timeline and profile page. You can use as well mute, block, and restrict someone's account as easy. Follow the above steps and mute the targeted profile.

And if you feel like someone has muted you, we have also covered relevant methods to help you analyze the suspected profile. However, avoiding the account being muted is good as it lowers your engagement rate when done with multiple people.

To this far, you now understand how to mute someone on Instagram while managing your timeline and preserving your privacy or reputation on the platform. Follow the relevant steps, and with only one click, you will be muting and unmuting.