Whenever you have an argument with someone, or they offend you in some way, on Instagram or otherwise, you might want to block them. This mostly happens if you feel violated or simply have a short temper. So, should you be going ahead and blocking them? That is what we will discuss in today’s blog.
While you might feel wronged and are really angry at the moment, you must take a moment to think about it. What will be the consequences of you blocking them? Won’t they feel that this is unjustified and uncalled for? Or maybe you might feel that way when you have settled down? Well, you needn’t worry; we have just the solution for you. How about just hiding them from yourself on Instagram till you feel calm enough to face them? Does that sound better?
If yes, then you have come to the perfect place. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss how you can hide someone on Instagram without actually blocking them. This will include muting their story and post updates and restricting their account.
This blog will also help you out if you want to block them or hide your stories from them.
Can You Hide Someone on Instagram Without Unfollowing or Blocking Them?
If you’re still wondering if it is possible to hide someone on Instagram without unfollowing or blocking them, then wonder no more. We are here to tell you that there are a number of ways to hide someone from your feed on Instagram.
But first, let us tell you what happens if you do block someone on Instagram. You, obviously, would not have to see their profile again. But what about them? What would they find if they searched for your profile on Instagram?
They can easily find your profile through the Instagram Search tab, tagged posts, and comments that mention your profile.
However, once they open your profile, they won’t be able to see any of your information. All they will see is your username at the top of the screen and three small vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen.
If they click on those three dots, they’ll see several options like Report…, Block, Restrict, Hide your story, Copy Profile URL, Send Message, and Share this profile.
If they try to message you, don’t worry. You will never receive their messages, even after you block them. So, unless they make a new account, there is no way they can contact you on Instagram.
Instagram even has an option where you can block them and any other accounts that they may create, to make sure you feel safe on this platform.
If, after reading all this, you realize that blocking this person is exactly what you want to do, then we have your solution right here.
Below, we have given you the step-by-step instructions on how you can block someone on Instagram:
- Open the Instagram app and log in to your account.
- Search for the profile of the person you wish to block.
- Once you’re on their profile, click on the three vertical dots on the top-right corner of the screen. There, among the many actionable options, choose Block.
- From the options that appear on your screen, you can either choose Block [username] and any other accounts they may create or Block [username].
Whichever option you choose, you can rest assured that they cannot bother you on Instagram anymore.
Now, let’s return to our initial question, how can you hide someone on Instagram without unfollowing or blocking them? Well, you’re going to find out in the next section.
How to Hide Someone on Instagram Without Unfollowing or Blocking
1. Mute Them
The first method of hiding someone that we are going to discuss is by muting their Instagram profile.
Let us suppose another scenario: one of your friends is on a vacation and is uploading too many stories and posts for your liking. Of course, you cannot tell them to stop on your account or do anything to stop them. So, what do you do?
You can mute their Instagram profile. When you do that, you won’t see their posts on your newsfeed or their stories. However, if you open their profile, you can see it all; they just won’t get in your way if you don’t want them to.
And the best part is this: unless you go up to them and tell them that you have muted their profile, there is no other way that they could find out about it. Sounds good?
We have also given the step-by-step instructions on how to mute someone’s Instagram profile below. Take a look:
Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your smartphone, and log in to your account.
Step 2: Open the profile of the person you wish to mute. You can do that either from your newsfeed or from Instagram’s Search bar.
Step 3: On their profile, find the following button, located under the bio. Tap on it.
Step 4: A pop-up menu will appear, with only four options: Add to Close Friends list, Mute, Restrict, and Unfollow. Choose the second option, called Mute.
Step 5: Once you do that, two options will appear: Posts and Stories, with a toggle button beside both. From here, you can choose whichever updates you wish to mute.
There you go. Now, you don’t have to worry about being ambushed by the pictures and videos of beautiful mountains and beaches while sitting at your work desk.