Instagram Announces Mute Feature So You Can Hide Posts Without Unfollowing People

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Instagram today announced the ability for you to mute accounts in your feed, so that you can hide posts from people or brands you may not want to see anymore without needing to unfollow them completely. Instagram says that the change is another update to make your feed "even more personalized to what matters to you."


    Account muting will be in the ellipsis menu at the top right of each post, and you can choose to "Mute Posts" or "Mute Posts and Story," to also prevent that account's stories from appearing at the top of the Instagram app. You can also mute accounts by pressing and holding on a story in the story tray, or from a user's profile.

    After you mute someone you can still navigate to their profile page to look at their posts, and if you're tagged by them the app will still send you a push notification. Instagram says that people will not be made aware that you muted them, and you can unmute people whenever you like. Facebook has a similar muting feature, allowing users to unfollow other people without directly unfriending them.

    Instagram is routinely working on new additions for its photo-sharing social network, with new digital health features like "Time Spent" usage and "You're All Caught Up" notifications said to be coming soon. In March, the company updated its feed algorithm to focus on newer posts, although many users frequently request an option to return to the simple, reverse chronological feed.

    Instagram says that the mute feature will be rolling out to its users "over the coming weeks."

    Article Link: Instagram Announces Mute Feature So You Can Hide Posts Without Unfollowing People
  2. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
  3. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    "Mute" while common on all mature social networks is such a funny feature. On Twitter and Facebook, the advantage of muting/hiding is that you can still direct message with them while never seeing their rubbish ideologies and photos of their ugly kids.

    But on Instagram, "mute" just seems like a way to not hurt someone's feelings while also avoiding photos of their ugly kids.
  4. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Why? Their crappy algorithm already „mutes“ enough posts of people I intentionally followed
  5. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Basically all the people I want to follow are already muted so I can see more ads. So now I can mute myself so I only see ads?
  6. emt1 macrumors 65816

    Jan 30, 2008
    Do we really need a post for every new instagram feature?
  7. AlumaMac macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2018
    I would like an option to mute stories only.
  8. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    I think it's part of the crack down on bullying - and a great step, IMO. I just imagine being a teenager these days, and your choices being to either see someone that's bullying you splashed all over your feed, or unfollowing them and painting and even bigger target on your back. Mute seems like a great in between so that you don't have to be taunted by it, but don't have to deal with the repercussions.

    Remember. Not all features are meant for everyone.
  9. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    Here's the thing. As dumb as it may be, unfollowing someone on social media can cause a lot of BS drama. This makes things easier.

    A good, good friend of mine is a great photographer and I love him to death, but his Instagram feed is absolutely TERRIBLE. This will be perfect.
  10. k20dub macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    You can already do that. Tap and hold on their profile at the top of your home screen and a mute option appears.
  11. iamsikora macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    Just tap and hold on their circle in the Story section and you can mute them. That's been a feature since day one.
  12. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Or a way to not have various brands or companies or organizations or groups that post often fill up your feed too much while still following them and being able to access their content fairly easily when you wish.
  13. ovo6 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2015
    Finally but hopefully they would let us do this even if not following the person because the see fewer posts feature never works for me
  14. Hedwigg macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2011
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Do we really need a post from everyone with an irrational gripe?
  15. adamjackson macrumors 65816

    Jul 9, 2008
    That use case doesn't really make sense me either but I also don't use social media.
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sounds like it's all fairly moot either way for someone in that type of scenario anyway.
  17. robertosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2011
    Another example that proves that the social networks are in reality "social hypocrisy networks"
  18. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    Typical lol, yesterday I just unfollowed a few hundred people!
  19. makr macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2016
    I've been waiting for this.
    I don't follow much people, and I like to catch up with my friends, but that one friend, who knows how Instagram works, still insist posting every picture separately rather than grouping them, it's like I have to see all 15 pics he uploaded before I see other people's posts. I don't need an unnecessary drama over Instagram, so mute his account will work good for me.
  20. Ginalina Suspended


    May 23, 2018

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