You’re beginning to suspect that your friend has muted you on Instagram and need to be sure? Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to obtain guarantees.
That’s because Instagram doesn’t notify you when someone else mutes you on the platform. But there are specific signs you should watch out for, like:
- They’re not replying to your Direct Messages
- They’re never watching your stories
- They’re never liking or commenting on your posts
Of course, all of this relies on the fact that this person’s behavior was different in the past. Meaning that they used to watch your stories, like and comment on your posts, and reply to your DMs quickly.
This way, you’re comparing their past behavior to the current one. But if they’ve always been passive and didn’t engage with your content at all, then you have no reasons to believe that they muted you.
Either way, I’ll go into more details about this topic before, so keep reading if you want to learn a few tricks to learn if someone muted you on Instagram!
Publish a Post or Story Dedicated to Them
I just thought about this solution as I was writing this article. If you suspect that they’ve muted your stories and posts, you can test this.
Publish a post or story where you address them directly. It doesn’t have to be confrontational or anything, just friendly banter.
Something like “Check this out, John” or “Do you remember the good times, John?” and accompany it with a few emojis.
This is what should happen:
- Your friend should reply relatively quickly if they haven’t muted you. At the very least, they’ll like your post or story if they don’t have time to comment
- Your friend won’t like or comment on the story/post because they won’t see it
If multiple days go by without your friend viewing your story or liking it, then you can conclude that they’ve muted you.
It’s best to do this with a story because stories have a “Viewers List” where you can see the names of everyone who’s watched your story.
If your friend hasn’t even seen your story even though you addressed them personally, there’s no other explanation than a mute. Or a block…
Say Something Controversial to Them
Another way of testing, if your friend has muted you, is sending them a controversial DM where they HAVE to answer if they see your message.
Think of anything that might get their attention, really. It could be anything from a local accident you’ve witnessed or making a joke about being injured, stuff like that.
And watch the read markers. Has your friend read your message shortly after you sent it? It means they haven’t muted you but rather decided to ignore you.
What Should You Do if Someone Muted You?
Honestly? There’s nothing you can do, nor should you even attempt anything. It was their choice to mute you, and you most likely can’t change it.
What I recommend you do is reflect on their action. Why did they feel the need to mute you? Were you spamming or posting inappropriate content?
Or was it just pettiness on their part, and it’s not worth it to look into it? If it’s the former, you might want to change your behavior if you don’t want to distance yourself from your other friends.
If it’s the latter, then you can safely ignore it and unfriend that individual. Clearly, they’re not worthy friends, so trying to maintain appearances is pointless.
Got any other questions about this topic? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll try to help you out!