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How to unmute Instagram Notes

Get your 60-character updates back!

Published onApril 22, 2024

Instagram strongly focuses on photos and videos, but there is always room for some written content. Instagram Notes makes it possible to leave short 60-character messages to your friends, family, and followers. We can understand so much stuff can get very distracting, though. Sometimes, it’s best to reduce our content intake, and we resort to muting people’s posts, including Notes. While muting people is easy, it can be a bit confusing to figure out how to unmute Instagram Notes. Let’s help you out.


The simplest way to unmute Instagram Notes is to go to the person's profile page, tap on the Following button, hit Mute, and toggle off the Notes option.


How to unmute Instagram Notes

There are two ways to unmute Instagram Notes. Let’s go over them.

How to unmute Instagram Notes from the profile page

If you know who you’ve muted, the simplest way to unmute Instagram Notes is from their profile page.

  1. Launch the Instagram Android or iOS app.
  2. Navigate to the muted user’s profile page.
  3. Tap on the button that reads Following.
  4. Hit the Mute option.
  5. Select off Notes.

How to unmute Instagram Notes from the Instagram settings

If you went on a muting spree, it’s hard to remember exactly which accounts you’ve muted. In such cases, it’s best to unmute Instagram Notes from the settings.

  • Launch the Instagram Android or iOS app.
  • Tap on your profile icon, in the lower-right corner.
  • Select the three-line menu button.
  • Go into Muted accounts.
  • You will see a list of the accounts you’ve muted. Tap on the Umute button next to them.
  • Toggle off Mute notes.
  • Repeat the process for all accounts you wish to unmute Instagram Notes for.

How to fix Instagram Notes not showing

There are a few things you can try to fix the Instagram Notes feature not showing up:

  • Update the Instagram App: New features are often rolled out in updates, so make sure you have the latest version of the app installed. You can check for updates in the App Store (iPhone) or Play Store (Android).

  • Reinstall the app: If updating the Instagram app doesn’t fix the problem, you can try reinstalling it. In other words, remove the app from your device and then download it again from the app store.
  • Enable Activity Status: This setting might be crucial for Notes to function. Go to your profile picture, tap the three lines menu, then Messages and story replies > Show activity status. Make sure it is turned on.

  • Check Audience Sharing: When creating a Note, you choose who can see it (close friends, followers you follow back, or a group). If you’re not seeing someone’s Notes, make sure you meet their sharing criteria.

  • Clear App Cache (Android only): Built-up cache can sometimes cause glitches. Try clearing the Instagram app’s cache to see if that resolves the issue. Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Instagram > Storage and tap Clear cache.

  • Restart Your Phone: A simple restart can often clear up temporary issues.

  • Region Availability: Instagram rolls out features gradually. It’s possible Notes aren’t available in your region yet. In that case, you’ll have to wait for the official launch.


Whether you are muting posts, stories, or notes, people will never know if you’ve muted them on Instagram. They will receive no notification.

Sadly, Instagram Notes aren’t available for everyone. While it’s supposed to be available worldwide, the feature hasn’t reached many users yet. For example, I still can’t see Noted on either of the two of my Instagram accounts. You can update the app, or log out and back into Instagram to see if they show up.

If your Instagram account has the feature, Instagram Notes live in your chat section. Just launch the Instagram app, tap on the Chat icon in the top-right corner, and you will see a feed with Notes near the top of the screen. We have a guide on everything you need to know about Instagram Notes, if you need some help.

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