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What is Quiet Mode on Instagram?

Published February 16, 2024

Are you getting a lot more Instagram notifications on your phone than you would like? If yes, or if you need periods where you can focus on a task without your phone sending you constant notifications, you can turn on Quiet Mode.

We are going to explain what is Quiet Mode on Instagram and how you can toggle it on and off.

What Is Quiet Mode on Instagram?

Quiet Mode is a feature on Instagram that will let you prevent app activity notifications from showing up on your phone.

Without modifying any settings, Quiet Mode defaults to working from 11 PM to 7 AM. If you wish, you can customize these time settings to anything you want.

During Quiet Mode being enabled, you could be on Instagram and use it as you usually would, but your Activity Status would have been changed to Quiet Mode.

What also happens during Quiet Mode is that when another person sends you a DM, they will get an automatic reply. The message would explain that you, as the person who enabled Quiet Mode, will not receive DMs until you disable it. 

Once you turn off Quiet Mode, you will receive information from Instagram about everything you missed while having this distraction-free mode turned on.

How to Use Quiet Mode on Instagram

Using Quiet Mode is fairly simple. Here are the steps for turning it on and off:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your phone
  2. Tap on your profile picture in the bottom-right of the screen
  3. From your profile page, tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the top-right of the screen
  4. Tap on Settings and privacy in the menu that pops up
  5. Tap on Notifications
  6. Tap on Quiet mode and enable it

Protip: While enabling Quiet Mode, you can adjust the Start Time, End Time, and days during which Quiet Mode will be enabled.

Note: Quiet Mode can be enabled for up to 12 hours per day.

Turning off this mode is as easy as toggling it off.
Bottom Line: What is Quiet Mode on Instagram? Simply put, it makes it possible for you to turn off all notifications within Instagram temporarily. People can still send you messages but they will receive a note that explains you are inactive for a little while. If you need to time away from distractions, try out Quiet Mode.

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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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