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    Ever since Snapchat released a blast of features to the world, stories have exploded across the internet. In fact, they have become so popular that Instagram couldn't help but adopt this feature. But the giant social media platform not only released this feature, it popularized and perfected it.

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    Be that as it may, the 21st century is all about content filtering and you can't stop following someone just to prevent their stories from appearing on your screen. Here's how to hide Instagram Stories.


    Instagram Stories are simple to hide. Just touch the middle or right part of the screen to go to the next story or the left part of the screen to go back to the previous one. Swipe left / right to jump to the next person's stories. 

    With such easy navigation, it's really annoying to just swipe left / right when you don't want to see some content. Well, it might not seem like that, but if you follow a lot of people (as many Instagrammers do), it could become a big waste of time.

    Most people prefer to have relevant content that will entertain, inform and / or inspire.

    Alternatively, you may want to prevent a particular person from showing them your stories, whether they follow you or not. Whatever the reason, you want to be able to stop people from seeing you. Instagram knows this and made it possible.


    While it essentially means permanently hiding stories from a particular Instagram user you follow, it's called Mute / Unmute on Instagram. Why shouldn't you just stop following them? Think about it. 

    You may like a person and want them in your life but, for whatever reason, you don't want to see them on Instagram. If you no longer follow someone, they will find out and may not take it so lightly. That's why you can easily silence someone's stories without them knowing.

    This is very easy to do and quite simple. Just go to the story bar at the top of the Instagram screen, find the story you want to mute and hold the person's story icon without not touching their story. 

    In the pop-up menu that appears, tap Turn off sound and from now on you will never see this person's stories again.

    If you want to unmute a person, go back to the story bar and scroll to the end, where you will see the muted stories. Hold and tap Reactivate. You can do it as many times as you want.

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    Alternatively, you may want to block a particular profile from seeing your Stories. Maybe the content of your stories simply doesn't concern him or we just don't want to. Whatever the reason, you can hide your Stories from someone else's feed, whether they are your followers or not.

    To hide stories from a profile, go to Settings (avatar profile icon and then the three horizontal lines). Go up Privacy, then tap Story followed by Hide story from. In the list that appears, select the profile or profiles you want to prevent from seeing your stories. When you're done selecting, tap Done.

    Another way to hide your story from someone is to go to your story and tap on the number that indicates how many people have seen it. From there, go to the three-dot symbol next to their name and tap Hide story from [their username].

    Also, you can hide your story from the hashtag or location page. You can check if your story is displayed on any of the mentioned pages by going to the screen showing those that have seen your story. Tap the x in any hashtag / location where you don't want the story to appear.


    If your account is in private mode, only authorized people can access it and see your posts and stories. You can hide your stories from them but they will still be able to see your posts. To activate private mode, go to Settings , touch Privacy, passes to Privacy account and turn on the option next to Settings private account.

    If your account is public, anyone who comes across your account can also see your stories. All they have to do is go to your profile and tap on your profile picture. This will show them all of your active stories. Of course, you can hide your stories from anyone not connected to you by accessing your story and following the instructions described above.


    When it comes to stories, you are in total control of who sees them and what. This feature is very important and even necessary, as Stories have emerged as the main feature of Instagram. The one thing you can't control about Stories is the advertisements that are meant to appear in your feed.

    Have you ever hidden your stories from someone? How about silencing someone? For what reason? Feel free to speak in the comments section below.

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