Instagram, once an exclusive photo-sharing app, has been introducing new features every few months. Be it IGTV, Reels, Stories, or the Notes feature that was rolled out in Dec 2022, the app is not a content-sharing powerhouse. With 2.4 billion active users, it ranks #4 among the biggest social media networks.
But as the app expands, there are features that you may not want to share with the world. Your Instagram notes are one of these things that many like to keep personal. So, can you keep your Notes visible only for a select few? The answer is yes.
To help you hide your Instagram Notes, here is a step-by-step guide to help you out. It will tell you exactly what settings you need to do to hide Instagram notes and the workarounds to be in complete control of your Instagram account.
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What Are Instagram Notes?
Instagram Notes are like Twitter on vacation in your messaging section. They’re brief, vanish in 24 hours, and have a 60-character limit—short, sweet, and unfiltered.
Instagram notes have a 60-character limit and vanish after 24 hours. So, they can need to be extremely short, simple, and unfiltered.
Instagram Notes, despite their ephemeral nature and concise format, play a significant role in enhancing user engagement. Users tend to interact more frequently with Notes compared to traditional posts, which boosts a sense of urgency and immediacy. The temporary nature of Instagram Notes also encourages authenticity, as users feel less pressure to curate a perfect image.
Most people use Instagram Notes to:
- Get attention
- Provide a quick update to their followers (since it is visible in the messaging section only to those who follow you)
- Share a fleeting thought
- Drive an action (more like a CTA, e.g., if you have updated a new video to your Instagram account, you can add a quick note like “Video out! Watch it now. 🎥”
By using this feature effectively, you can not only capture your followers’ attention but also create a sense of exclusivity and immediacy.
How to Hide Instagram Notes?
Our phones are constantly buzzing, and Notes just add to the popups and barrage of notifications that you may receive. If you find that notes from certain accounts are annoying or are uninteresting, there is a way to mute them. To hide notes on Instagram, follow the steps below:
- Open your Instagram app
- Go to Messages
- Navigate to the notes that other people shared
- Here, long press the notes that you want to hide. This will give you a pop-up where you can tap on the “Mute Notes” option.
- Once done, press confirm and voila! The future notes from the selected account will be muted.
Another approach is to head to the user’s Instagram profile and go to the mute option. Here, you can choose whether you want to mute Notes, Stories, or Post notifications.
How to Hide Your Instagram Notes from Someone?
Now, you might be wondering, who gets to see your Instagram Notes? The answer is your followers, which can include friends, distant relatives, colleagues, and others. This might be an issue for most because who wants your work colleagues or bosses to read your unfiltered thoughts?
If there are particular users you want to hide Notes on Instagram from, you may use some of the workarounds:
Option 1: Restrict Them
Go to the user’s profile and tap on the three dots on top of their profile. Tap ‘Restrict’.
Option 2: Block User
Instead of restricting the user, you may even block the user. However, this is not recommended, as once you block someone, you will automatically unfollow each other, and there is no way for them to contact you again. Use this option as a last resort.
Option 3: Unfollow Or Remove User
Another trick is to unfollow the particular user who you don’t want to see your notes. Otherwise, you may just remove them from your Followers List. This will ensure that while you can still see their content and get notifications, they will not get any notification or update on your posts or Notes.
Option 4: Create Lists
The most stealthy way to ensure that particular users do not see your Notes is by using the “Share With” option. When sending out a note, you get the following options in the “Share With” tab:
- Close Friends: Only those on your “Close Friends” list can peek into your note’s hidden wonders.
- Followers You Follow Back: Only those you follow and who follow you back get your Notes.
- Everyone: Share your note with the whole world; let everyone see it.
- Direct Message: Want to share a secret note with just one person? This is your option.
We recommend using this option, as you can easily add accounts to the “Close Friends” list and make sure only they see your updates, be it Notes, Stories, or particular posts. The same settings can be replicated with people you follow back, while your general thoughts can be shared with everyone on the list.
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And there you have it! Hiding notes on Instagram isn’t just about secrecy; it’s about crafting intimate experiences, fostering deeper connections, and expressing yourself authentically.
You can use Notes to craft a story, send cryptic clues that get your followers curious, and even schedule it for someone special. For example, you can schedule a heartfelt note to appear on your friend’s birthday time or wish someone the best before their big presentation or workout session.
You can also create targeted posts and content for your Instagram account using the same settings as your secret weapon.
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