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What is Instagram Quiet Mode and how to turn it on or off

Need a bit of peace at times? Quiet Mode keeps the Insta notifications at bay.
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Published onNovember 8, 2023

We all like a bit of peace and quiet sometimes. Even if you don’t mind your phone constantly pinging with messages and notifications, the majority of them are unlikely to be urgent, and it’s healthy to ignore them when you head to bed or just need a break. Instagram has a Quiet Mode for this very purpose, but you might wonder how it works and how it’s different from pausing notifications. We’ll run you through what it does and how to turn Quiet Mode on or off on Instagram.

QUICK ANSWER

Instagram Quiet Mode is a setting that allows you to set a regular time period each day during which you won't receive notifications.

To turn Quiet Mode on or off:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the three horizontal lines in the top right to get to the menu.
  2. Select Settings and privacy.
  3. Tap Notifications.
  4. Go to Quiet mode.
  5. Toggle the Quiet mode switch to on or off.

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What is Quiet Mode on Instagram?

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Quiet Mode on Instagram is a way to automatically pause your notifications during a set period each day. It’s accessed through your profile settings menu, and once activated, you won’t receive any notifications on your device during the chosen period. Once the Quiet Mode period ends, you’ll get a summary of any notifications you received during the period. This can be very useful if you’re in a situation in which you need your phone to be on in case of something urgent, but you don’t want to be disturbed by social media activity.

During Quite Mode, the status dot next to your profile picture will change from green to a moon icon. Anyone who sends you a direct message during the period will get an automatic notification that you won’t be notified about the message until the end of the Quiet Mode period. However, you can still use the Instagram app as normal during this time.

It sounds quite a lot like the Pause Notifications feature, and it is. But there are differences. Pause Notifications is something you can only use from the point at which you decide to use it. There’s also a maximum pause time of eight hours. This is handy if you’re going into an important meeting, but less so if you need to remember to do it before bed every day. Quiet Mode is essentially scheduling a notification pause on a regular basis, and the period you can choose can be as long as 12 hours.

How to turn Quiet Mode on or off on Instagram

It’s very easy to use and set your own schedule. Here’s how to turn Quiet Mode on or off on Instagram.

From the home screen of the Instagram app, go to your profile by tapping the image of your profile picture in the bottom right.

Go to the profile menu by tapping the three horizontal lines icon in the top right.

On the pop-up menu, select Settings and privacy.

On this next menu, tap on Notifications.

Next, hit Quiet mode. It’s underneath the Pause all option.

You can now see a toggle switch next to Quiet mode. If you move it to the On position, Quiet Mode is activated.

The default time period is from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. You can amend that by changing the times next to the From and To options lower on the menu. As mentioned in the previous section, you can set the period to be as long as 12 hours.

To turn off Quiet Mode on Instagram, you return to this screen and toggle the switch next to Quiet mode to the Off position. When you do this, it will ask you if you wish to skip Quiet Mode instead. If you select Skip for now, you will start receiving notifications again until the Quiet Mode period of the following day. This is to allow you to keep your schedule but not use Quiet Mode for that particular period. To actually deactivate Quiet Mode altogether, tap Turn off quiet mode.


FAQs

Quiet Mode is now widely available on Instagram, but it may not yet have been rolled out to all regions. If you’re confident it is available in your region, try updating the Instagram app to the latest version.

You can’t put Instagram Quiet Mode on for one person. The best you can do is mute that person, although you’ll have to do that manually each time. You can check out our guide on how to mute someone on Instagram. You can also learn how to unmute them.

Yes. Quiet Mode isn’t active when you install the app, but once you’ve activated it, Quiet Mode will turn on automatically at the scheduled time.