Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp have become an integral part of our lives, making the communication process much easier. With the increasing relevance of social media in this digital era, we connect to a lot of people online and at times, it becomes annoying to respond to unwanted messages.
No one likes being hassled on social media and, in such cases, you have an option to mute a contact, rather than block them. Social media platforms give us the leverage to eliminate unwanted contact without flagging the offending user. However, all social media platforms have their own rules and regulations when you want to mute or block a contact online.
How to mute a contact on Facebook:
One of the most popular and widely used social media platforms, Facebook has 2.89 billion monthly users and is the biggest social network worldwide. If your Facebook news feed is overwhelmed with over-sharers, memes, game invitations and rants, then you have multiple options to silence them. Follow these steps to mute a contact on Facebook:
Step 1: Go to a particular profile or a page. Click Following on Facebook’s website or tap more in the app.
Step 2: Now, select Unfollow. You can also opt to unfollow users in your news feed by simply clicking the three-dot menu on a post.
Step 3: Choose ‘Hide post’ or ‘Snooze for 30 days’ or ‘Unfollow’. You can also snooze someone for thirty days straight from your timeline or choose to unfollow someone.
Here’s how you can mute a contact on Instagram:
Facebook-owned Instagram rolls out regular updates for users for a seamless user experience. One such interesting feature allows a user to mute contacts whose posts they do not want to see on their timeline.
But muting someone on Instagram is entirely different from unfollowing someone. When you mute a contact, you won’t be able to see their Instagram stories or posts, but the muted contact can check your profile and posts. The muted contact won’t be informed about your choice and for limiting an individual’s action on your profile, muting is the best option. Follow these steps for the same:
Step 1: Open the Instagram application and search for the profile that you want to mute in the search bar.
Step 2: Click on the profile that you want to mute. Once you click on ‘Following’, you will get three options i.e. Restrict, Mute and Unfollow.
Step 3: Now, you have to select the Mute button and mute all posts by selected contact.
Step 4: If you want to select the Stories option and mute them as well.
How to mute a contact on Twitter:
You have two options for eliminating bothersome Twitter contacts from your timeline. Either you can directly block a user or you can access any one of their tweets and remove a certain type of unwanted content. Here’s a quick guide on how you can block a contact on Twitter:
Step 1: Go to the user’s profile page. Click the three-dot menu button present next to their name.
Step 2: You will get a ‘Mute’ option. Click ‘Mute’ and confirm it and the contact will be muted.
If you want to mute a tweet, click the arrow on the top right of the tweet. Now, select ‘Mute@username’ and another option ‘I don’t like this Tweet’. This acts like a ‘dislike’ button and gives instructions to Twitter to block similar posts in the future.
A step-by-step guide to mute a contact on WhatsApp:
The constant pinging of the WhatsApp group chats and private messages distracts us while we are working. But there is a way to silence them. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Scroll to any message or group chat, press it and hold the message.
Step 2: After you select the message, a blocked-out speaker will appear at the top of the screen. Click on it.
Step 3: You will get three options: Mute notifications for eight hours, one week or one year. Select your choice and tap OK
If you want to mute notifications from within a message, click the three-dot menu at the top of the screen and then select ‘Mute notifications’.
How to mute a contact on Snapchat:
The ‘Do Not Disturb’ version of mute on Snapchat allows you to block notifications from any user and group that you want to keep in silent mode. Follow these steps to mute from Snapchat Timeline:
Step 1: Go to your Feed, press it and hold your friend’s profile or Bitmoji picture.
Step 2: Click on ‘Settings’ when the pop-up box appears.
Step 3: Click Do Not Disturb. When the option changes to ‘Turn on Notifications’, it means that you have been successful.
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