If you’re an active Twitter user, this is probably nothing new. Twitter engagement is sometimes a toxic environment; muting someone without outright blocking them can go a long way.
Truth is, muting isn’t always something truly negative. Sometimes people just want to clean up their Twitter feed to focus on certain topics or keep their notifications tab clear for important updates.
Since you can still be followed by and follow muted accounts, Twitter users with a large following or public account may mute specific users to maintain a good professional relationship without making people angry.
In this article, we will cover how to tell if you’ve been muted, how you can mute an account, how to mute certain words, as well as how to unmute a muted account.
How to Tell if Someone on Twitter Muted You
So, how do you find out if someone muted you on Twitter?
If you suspect you are on the receiving end of a Twitter mute, there aren’t many ways to find out.
The old secret trick using TweetDeck used to allow you to easily find see if you have been muted, but Twitter patched that exploit a few years ago. This makes finding out if a person has muted you on Twitter a lot harder to figure out.
The only real way to tell if someone has you muted on Twitter is to reach out to them in a direct way. Send them a DM or @ them in a tweet.
If you don’t receive a direct answer, you can probably make an educated assumption that you’ve been muted.
You can also assume you were muted if you used to interact with an account fairly often but recently have seen a significant drop in responses.
Ultimately, the answer to who has muted you on Twitter is “you don’t really know” until you ask.
How to Mute on Twitter
Muting Twitter accounts is a decent way to clean up your Twitter feed.
The internet is a crowded place sometimes, and the ability to mute an account can help keep your notifications to a minimum.
Just like Facebook, the benefit to muting someone on Twitter is you will no longer see their posts or receive notifications but will stay following them.
The difference with blocking someone is that blocking will cause you to unfollow them automatically, and they will not be able to follow you. Blocking is a divisive process that instantly lets the other user know they’ve been blocked.
This may not be what you want, as this could upset a co-worker or friend. Muting is a softer solution to keeping your home timeline and notifications tab on Twitter relatively clutter-free.
- Using the mute function on Twitter is really easy.
- Navigate to the profile page of the account you want to mute
- Tap the three dots (More icon)
- Select Mute from the menu
You have muted that account on Twitter and will no longer receive tweets or notifications tab updates from that specific person.
Muting a Twitter Account You Don’t Follow
Sometimes you may get a tweet from the account you don’t follow in your notifications timeline. Muting these accounts works exactly the same as for accounts you do follow.
Tap the More icon and select mute.
How to Use the Mute Feature for Specific words on Twitter
Twitter has released an official way to mute certain words or phrases. There are many solid reasons to mute certain things you might see in a tweet.
This option allows you to easily mute tweets with these unwanted words and phrases.
To mute a word or phrase on Twitter:
In your Notifications tab, tap the Gear icon.
Select Muted, then Muted words.
Tap Add and type in the word, phrase, or hashtag you want to be muted.
Select where you want this mute enabled; in your Home Timeline, Notifications, or both.
Specify who you want to mute Notifications from.
Choose the duration you would like to mute for and tap Save.
Now any tweet with that word or phrase will be muted on Twitter.
Who Can You Mute on Twitter?
Truly, you can mute anyone you want to on Twitter. Muting an account has no restrictions.
Whether you are following the account, they are following you, both, or neither, muting on Twitter works the same way. Tap the More icon on their account profile page, and select mute.
How to Unmute on Twitter
Unmuting is as easy as muting.
To unmute a muted account, navigate to the account profile page, tap the More icon and select unmute.