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Following an annoying account? Here is how to mute someone on Instagram

·3 min read

So, you follow a friend who is supremely annoying on Instagram. Don’t worry. You have options.

You might be thinking an unfollow is in order. Maybe you’re a little more savvy and are thinking of so-called "soft-blocking" them.

Careful, though. If you’re trying to preserve the real-world friendship, blocking or unfollowing of any kind can be interpreted as an act of hostility. What you could instead do is simply mute their account. There are a couple ways to do this on the Instagram mobile app.

And, of course, if you decide to end you’ve had a sufficient cringe detox, you can always unmute the person.

Here is how to mute and unmute them on Instagram.

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How to mute someone on Instagram

1. Go to the profile page of the person you want to mute

2. Tap "following" and select "Mute" from the menu that pops up.

How to mute someone on Instagram
How to mute someone on Instagram

3. You can select whether to mute their stories or their posts.

How to mute someone on Instagram
How to mute someone on Instagram

You can also mute someone whose post appears in your feed. Just tap the three dots at the top right of the post, select "hide" and the mute options will appear.

How to unmute someone on Instagram

Follow the same exact steps, and toggle off mute posts and mute story options.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to mute someone on Instagram: a step-by-step guide