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How to Mute Instagram Stories

Published May 3, 2024

Instagram Stories have transformed the way we share and consume content on social media, with a casual way to share real-time content. However, with everyone from friends to businesses actively posting throughout the day, your Stories feed can become overwhelming.

The good news is that Instagram makes it easy to mute Stories from specific accounts. Whether you are tired of seeing content from certain accounts, or just want to declutter your feed, you can mute Stories discreetly without blocking or unfollowing anyone.

What Is the Mute Function on Instagram?

Muting Instagram Stories allows you to hide content from certain accounts so you no longer see it in your feed. When you mute Instagram Stories from a specific account, you will sill see their regular posts. It also doesn’t notify the user that they have been muted. This feature is perfect for when you want to tailor your Instagram experience without alerting your network or hurting anyone’s feelings.

Why Would I Mute Instagram Stories?

Having the ability to mute Instagram Stories is a great tool to have in your pocket if you want to hide someone’s content but don’t want to block or unfollow them. Other reasons for muting Instagram Stories can include:

  • Overposting: With an unlimited amount you can post on Stories, some accounts can go a little crazy. This can clutter up your feed if you don’t want to see 50 posts a day from the same account.
  • Irrelevant Content: Story content may not be relevant to you anymore, but you don’t want to unfollow the account.
  • Personal Preferences: You may want a break from certain types of content without unfollowing or blocking the user posting it.

How to Mute Instagram Stories

If you’re ready to mute Instagram Stories, the process is pretty straightforward. Here’s how:

Through the Stories Feed

  • Open Instagram and head to the Stories feed at the top of your home screen.
  • Find the Story of the account you want to mute. Tap and hold on their profile picture.
  • A menu will pop up, and you’ll need to click on ‘Mute’ from there. You’ll see options to ‘Mute Story’ or ‘Mute Story and Posts.’ Click on ‘Mute Story’ if you only want to mute the Stories, but still see feed posts.

Through Their Profile Page

  • Go to the profile of the user you want to mute
  • Click on the ‘Following’ button under their bio
  • From the menu, select ‘Mute’
  • You’ll be given the option to mute their Stories, Posts or both. Tape the toggle next to Stories to mute them.

Unmuting Stories

The nice thing about knowing how to mute Instagram Stories is that you can unmute them. Unmuting an Instagram story is just as simple as muting them:

  • Go to the profile of the person you’ve muted.
  • Click the ‘Following’ button and click on ‘Mute.”
  • You will then see toggles for Posts and Stories. If their Stories are muted, the toggle will be turned on. Click to turn it off, and you’ll immediately start seeing their Stories again.

Final Thoughts

Instagram is all about creating a personal and enjoyable experience. Knowing how to mute Instagram Stories allows you to customize your social media environment without alerting other users. It’s important to be able to manage what you see on social media!

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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