Instagram introduced a new feature today called Mute. As you might have guessed, the new setting tweak lets you curate your feed by muting certain people and brands you follow. You’re still a follower of those people and brands, but they won’t clog up your feed.
According to Instagram, the feature is rolling out “over the coming weeks” to all users.
When you mute someone you follow, you will still be notified of comments or posts you are tagged in. If the person has their account set to “private,” you will still be able to view their feed. The only thing mute does is prevent that person’s posts from appearing in your personal feed.
To mute an account, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of a post. When the pop-up menu appears, you can choose to mute just that user’s posts, or mute both their posts and stories. You can also mute posts and stories by pressing and holding on a story in your tray, or from a profile.
This is a terrific feature that will enable you to cut out some of the people on your Instagram list who maybe post a little too often. It’s pretty annoying when you’re scrolling through and you have to sift through 48 selfies of one person that all look pretty much the same.
Instagram update lets you buy stuff without leaving the app
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Instagram lets you upload your Stories all at once
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Instagram now lets you ‘regram’ public posts to your story
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Instagram adds support for Type Mode to add text-only posts in stories
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Add GIF stickers to Instagram stories
January 25, 2018: GIF stickers can now be added to any photo or video in your Instagram story. Just tap the sticker icon and click the GIF option to check out a range of animated stickers from bouncing letters to dancing cats that can now be added to stories.