4 Ways to Avoid People on Instagram without Unfollowing
We all have those accounts on Instagram that we want to (or have to) follow but we really don't want to see their content. If they are a personal connection, you might have that fear of the person finding out that you unfollowed them. And if you're like me, you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings – you just want a cleaner feed!
How to Mute Instagram Stories
1 - Mute Their Instagram Story
It's so easy that now you're probably going to mute half of your following. All you have to do is hold down on the profile photo of the account you want to mute. Tap "Mute" and boom! The account will move to the very back of your Instagram story feed. You'll still be able to see their stories if you intentionally go to look but they will not show up first or be part of your "Watch All". So stop giving your ex the satisfaction of knowing you've seen their story when you really didn't mean to. Put that dude on mute.
P.S. I love Jackie Schimmel and I would never truly mute her.
2 - Don’t Like Their Posts
This is probably obvious and I'm sure you're already doing it. But in terms of a real why you shouldn't like their posts – it boils down to algorithm. They more you like their posts, the more Instagram thinks you want to see the posts. Simple as that. So lay off the double taps.
3 - Scroll Past Their Posts Quickly
This is also an algorithm issue. The longer you stay on someone's post, the more likely Instagram thinks you'll want to see that person's content. So you think you are just harmlessly reading their paragraph long complaint about *insert complaint here* for giggles but what you are also doing is telling Instagram that you're interested. This is part of the reason why meme accounts or accounts that post a lot of videos can tend to take over your whole feed. Videos mean you are on their post longer!
4 - Mute Their Everything
This feature is still rolling out. If you are one of the lucky users to have it…here’s what you have to do. And if you don’t have the feature yet, hold tight! It should be coming to us all soon. Tap the ellipsis aka "...". Tap on "mute". From here you can just mute posts or mute posts and stories.
So there they are. A couple easy steps you can take to avoid some people without unfollowing. If you can mute accounts from the ellipsis, that really is the ultimate way. But if you don't have this feature yet, the other steps will help!
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