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How to Mute Social Media Friends Without Unfollowing Them

Nancy Messieh 16-08-2016

Do you find yourself annoyed by your friends’ social media posts, but don’t want to publicly unfollow or unfriend them?


Luckily with the major social media networks, you can mute the posts you don’t want to see from specific people, without having to face the potentially uncomfortable move of unfriending them. Here’s how.

On Twitter

On Twitter, go to the person’s profile and click the settings icon. From there you can click “Mute” and their tweets will no longer show up in your feed. You can unmute them using the same process.


On Facebook

On Facebook, you can mute your friends either from your news feed or from their Facebook profile. In your news feed, click the arrow in the top right-hand corner and click “Unfollow [contact’s name]”.



If you visit the person’s profile page, you should find a “Following” button, where you can also unfollow them. Facebook users are not notified if you unfollow them, and you will remain friends.

On Google+

Go to the person’s profile page on Google+ and click the little arrow in their profile – beneath the number of followers/views they have. Click the “Mute [contact’s name]” link to stop seeing their posts in your feed.


On LinkedIn

If you want to no longer view a contact’s posts on LinkedIn, but maintain the connection, you can do this from your news feed.  Navigate to a post they have shared and click the little arrow button in the top right-hand corner. Click the “Unfollow [contact’s name]” to remove their posts from your feed.


Some social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest don’t offer a native muting feature, so you’ll have to unfollow the person to no longer view their posts in your feed.

Do you have any tips or tricks for how to keep content you don’t want out of your social media feeds? Let us know in the comments. 

Related topics: Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter.

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