Tired and want a break from social media, but notifications tempt you to check the app again and again? No more will it happen as meta has rolled out a new feature for Instagram users that allows them to temporarily mute push notifications during breaks. Not only that, this new feature will send an automatic reply telling your Instagram followers not to message you so you can focus on meditating, driving, studying or taking a break from the digital world.
Launching Quiet Mode on Instagram, Meta says she wants to help people focus and encourage people to set boundaries with their friends and followers. This feature allows Instagram users to manage their time and attention and limit their social media activity.
How does Instagram’s silent mode work?
Meta details the new feature, explaining that when activated on Instagram, Quiet mode will turn off app notifications and automatically reply to followers when someone sends a direct message (DM). “The feature, called Quiet Mode, will send an automatic reply to users who try to message you on the platform letting them know that you have not been notified,” Meta said in a blog post.
When users return from a break and start using the app again, Instagram shows a quick summary of notifications missed during the break to help users catch up on what’s important.
Instagram also allows users to customize quiet mode times based on their schedule. Similar to Facebook’s Quiet mode, Instagram users can schedule a specific time for the feature to automatically turn on.
How to turn on silent mode on Instagram?
To turn on Quiet Mode, go to Instagram Settings > Notifications > Quiet Mode.
This new feature will be more focused on teen users and will inform them to turn on the quiet mode “when they spend a certain amount of time on Instagram late at night.” “Teenagers have told us that they sometimes want to take time for themselves and may be looking for more ways to focus at night, while studying, and at school.”
This feature is currently rolling out to all users in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with more countries coming soon, including India.
Meanwhile, Meta is also introducing a new feature to help users manage their recommendation feed. “We want to give people more control over the content they see on Instagram, so we’re introducing a new feature that tells us what content people don’t want to recommend,” says Meta.