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How to Turn off Notes on Instagram

Published April 23, 2024

There is a feature you may not know about within Instagram called Notes. With Notes, you could share a brief message in 60 characters or less within your DM inbox. Whether you want to share a song, two-second video loop, or text message with your friends, Notes makes it possible.

Like Stories, Notes disappear once 24 hours have passed since sharing them. However, you may find that these Notes become distracting, especially if you receive many of them. This has led to people looking for how to turn off Notes on Instagram. In this guide, we will show you how to do just that.

How to Enable Instagram Notes

Before we get into how to turn off Notes on Instagram, we will cover how to enable them in the first place.

You will have to take the following steps:

  1. Open the Instagram app
  2. Tap on the Messages icon in the top-right of your screen
  3. Tap on Note… right above your profile photo on the left-hand side of your screen
  4. Tap Try it if you want to create a short looping video that gets added to your note or tap Not now to write a text message Note that gets shared with your followers

Once you have written your Note, you will see it appear above your profile photo icon.

Note: Notes only get shared with followers that you follow back.

Since you are only allowed to share one Note within a 24-hour period, you will first have to remove the existing Note if you want to share another one.

How to Turn off Notes on Instagram

You are able to turn off Notes whenever you like by following a few simple steps.

Note: Instagram will not inform someone that you have muted their Notes, nor are there any metrics that show someone who viewed their Notes.

To turn off Notes from your DM inbox, do the following:

  1. From your inbox, tap on the profile picture of the person you want to mute Notes for
  2. Tap on Mute notes
  3. Tap on Mute notes again in the new message prompt

To turn off Notes from a User Profile, do the following:

  1. Search for the user you wish to mute Notes for from the Search icon in the bottom of your feed page
  2. Once on their profile page, tap on Following to pop up a menu
  3. Tap on Mute
  4. Move the tick to the right for Notes


Notes can provide a richer Instagram experience if they are from friends and followers you enjoy getting updates from. However, you could find yourself inundated with an overabundance of them, resulting in you wanting to know how to turn off Notes on Instagram. With there being two easy methods to follow, you can now toggle on or off the Notes for specific people you follow and have a less busy DM inbox.

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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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