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How to Unmute Someone on Instagram

Muting someone on Instagram is easy, but if you want to unmute someone, it can be challenging.

This is because the “unmute” option is hidden from plain sight.

To mute someone’s posts, all you have to do is to go to your feed, tap on the triple-dots icon on someone’s post, and mute it.

Unmuting, on the other hand, requires additional steps as you won’t be able to do so from your feed.

When you mute someone, their posts will no longer show up on your feed.

This means that you won’t be able to navigate to the person’s profile from your feed.

To make matters worse, if you forgot who you muted, you can’t use the search bar to search for them because you don’t know their name or username.

So how can you unmute someone if you forgot their name and username?

In this article, you’ll learn how to unmute someone’s posts or stories on Instagram, even if you forgot who you muted.

How to Unmute Someone on Instagram

To unmute someone on Instagram, go to the person’s profile, tap on the “following” button, tap on “mute”, then turn off the switches for posts/stories.

However, if you forgot the person that you muted, you need to find them from the muted accounts list in your privacy settings.

The “unmute” option can only be accessed when you tap on the “following” button on someone’s profile.

It cannot be accessed from anywhere else.

Many Instagram users are unable to unmute someone on Instagram because they have no clue where the option is.

This isn’t surprising because the “unmute” option is hidden from plain sight.

Even if you opened the list of accounts that you muted on Instagram, you won’t be able to unmute those users in the list.

You still have to visit the profiles individually and mute them via the “following” button.

Here’s how to unmute someone on Instagram:

Step #1: Navigate to muted accounts

Instagram muted accounts

The first step is to navigate to the list of accounts that you muted on Instagram.

If you forgot who you muted on Instagram, you can scroll through the list which may help to refresh your memory.

This list can be found in your privacy settings.

To begin with, go to your profile on Instagram.

On the right corner of your profile, tap on the menu icon, then tap on Settings.

Tap on Privacy, scroll down, then tap on “Muted accounts” under “Connections”.

On the “Muted accounts” tab, you’ll see a list of accounts that you muted on Instagram.

Users’ posts and stories that you muted will show up here.

For example, if you muted someone’s posts on Instagram, the status, “Posts muted” will be shown under their username.

On the other hand, if you muted someone’s stories on Instagram, the status, “Story muted” will be shown under their username.

Lastly, the status, “Posts and story muted” means that you’ve muted someone’s posts and stories on Instagram.

Scroll down the list and find the person that you want to unmute, and go to their profile.

Step #2: Tap on the following button

Instagram unmute someone

Once you’re on the person’s profile, you’ll be able to unmute them by tapping on the “following” button.

A common misconception is that the unmute option is accessible from the “triple-dots” icon.

The mute and unmute options can be only found when you tap on the “following” button on someone’s profile.

The vast majority of Instagram users are unaware of this.

This is because they think that tapping on the “following” button will make them unfollow the person.

This is not the case as tapping on the “following” button will bring up three other options.

After you tapped on the “following” button, there’ll be four options—Add to Close Friends List, Mute, Restrict, and Unfollow.

The option that you’ll want to be using is “Mute”.

Tap on the “Mute” option to bring up the muting options.

Step #3: Unmute posts/stories

Instagram mute posts or stories

The final step is to unmute the person’s posts or stories.

After you tapped on the “mute” option in the previous step, you’ll be able to see the muting options for the person.

If you muted the person’s posts in the past, you’ll see that the “Posts” switch is turned on.

On the other hand, if you muted the person’s stories, you’ll see that the “Stories” switch is turned on.

Lastly, if both the “Posts” and “Stories” switches are turned on, that means that you muted the person’s stories and posts.

In order to unmute them, turn off the switch for “Posts” or “Stories” (depending on whether you muted their posts or stories in the past).

Once both switches are turned off, the person is no longer muted on Instagram.

This means that you will be able to see the person’s posts on your feed and stories on your timeline again.

Congrats, you’ve successfully unmuted someone on Instagram!

How to unmute posts on Instagram

To unmute someone’s posts on Instagram, visit their profile, then tap on the “following” button.

After you tapped on the “following” button, select the “Mute” tab, then turn off the switch for “Posts” to unmute their posts.

Once you turned off the switch for “Posts”, their posts will no longer be muted, and you will be able to see them on your feed.

Here’s how you can unmute someone’s posts on Instagram if you know their Instagram name/username:

  1. Visit the person’s profile.
  2. Tap on the “following button”.
  3. Tap on “mute”.
  4. Turn off the switch for “Posts”.

However, if you forgot the person that you muted, there are some additional steps that you need to take in order to find their profile.

When you mute someone’s posts on Instagram, their posts will no longer show up on your feed.

This means that you won’t be able to find their profile on your feed.

In order to find them, you have to either search for their name or username.

However, it’s highly unlikely that you’d be able to remember their name/username.

Hence, you need to navigate to the list of muted accounts.

In order to see the list of Instagram accounts that you muted, you need to go to the “Muted accounts” tab.

The “Muted accounts” tab can be accessed via your profile > menu > Settings > Privacy > Muted accounts.

Here’s how you can unmute someone’s posts on Instagram if you don’t know their Instagram name/username:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Tap on the menu on the right corner of your profile.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Navigate to Privacy > Muted accounts.
  5. Select the user that you want to unmute.
  6. Tap on the “following button”.
  7. Tap on “mute”.
  8. Turn off the switch for “Posts”.

Congrats, you’ve successfully unmuted someone’s posts on Instagram!

How to unmute stories on Instagram

To unmute someone’s stories on Instagram, visit their profile, then tap on the “following” button.

After you tapped on the “following” button, select the “Mute” tab, then turn off the switch for “Stories” to unmute their stories.

Once you turned off the switch for “Stories”, their stories will no longer be muted, and you will be able to see them on your timeline.

Here’s how you can unmute someone’s stories on Instagram if you know their Instagram name/username:

  1. Visit the person’s profile.
  2. Tap on the “following button”.
  3. Tap on “mute”.
  4. Turn off the switch for “Stories”.

However, if you forgot the name/username of the person that you muted, you need to find them from the muted accounts list.

Here’s how you can unmute someone’s stories on Instagram if you don’t know their Instagram name/username:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Tap on the menu on the right corner of your profile.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Navigate to Privacy > Muted accounts.
  5. Select the user that you want to unmute.
  6. Tap on the “following button”.
  7. Tap on “mute”.
  8. Turn off the switch for “Stories”.

Congrats, you’ve successfully unmuted someone’s stories on Instagram!

Conclusion

Carrying out actions on Instagram can be a pain because some features are hidden from plain sight.

The most prominent feature that is hidden from plain sight is the “mute” and “unmute” feature.

To find the mute/unmute options, you need to tap on the following button on someone’s profile.

However, not many Instagram users are aware of this.

This is mainly because people think that tapping on the following button will make them unfollow the user.

In reality, tapping on the “following” button will open up more options such as the “Restrict” and “Mute” features.

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Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with over 7+ years of experience in Social Media and 3+ years of experience in investing in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.