Instagram’s new Quiet Mode mutes notifications and sends automatic replies to direct messages

Instagram has launched a new ‘Quiet Mode’ to reduce the number of alerts people see and help users combat smartphone addiction.

Rolling out to users in the UK today, Quiet Mode mutes notifications and sends automatic replies to Direct Messages (DMs).

It’s also adding a new “in silent mode” status below Instagram profile names, accompanied by a small crescent moon icon for others to see.

Instagram users can toggle quiet mode on and off in the app’s settings and choose to set a time period for it to activate automatically.

Quiet mode is rolling out to global users starting today, mutes notifications, sends automatic replies to direct messages (DMs) and adds status

Quiet mode is rolling out to global users starting today, mutes notifications, sends automatic replies to direct messages (DMs) and adds “In silent mode” status under profile names

How to turn on quiet mode

1. Go to “Profile Settings”

2. Click on “Notifications”

3. Click on “Quiet Mode”

4. Toggle Quiet Mode to “On”

5. You can then choose when Quiet Mode will turn on using the From and To options

Users will also receive an instant prompt asking if they want to turn on quiet mode after they spend “several minutes” on Instagram at night.

Quiet mode is available for users in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, while other countries will start rolling out “soon.”

According to Meta, the parent company of Instagram owned by Mark Zuckerberg, Quiet Mode is specifically targeted at teens to “focus and set healthy boundaries” on the app.

“Today, we’re introducing new ways for people, especially teens, to manage their time and experiences on Instagram,” she said in a blog post.

These new features reflect our continued work to build things that are useful for young people and really useful for creators.

Meta hopes Quiet Mode will encourage users to set boundaries with friends and followers by letting them know they’re unavailable.

According to the company, the feedback revealed that teenage users often feel pressure to “feel the need to be available” through the platform.

Users can tap the moon icon below their profile name to see when Quiet Mode is set to end

Users can tap the moon icon below their profile name to see when Quiet Mode is set to end

Reducing the number of notifications from likes and direct messages will help Instagram users turn off their devices (file photo)

Reducing the number of notifications from likes and direct messages will help Instagram users turn off their devices (file photo)

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Also included in the menu is changing the phone’s display to “grayscale” so that the screen appears black and white, and disabling facial recognition as a method of unlocking the screen.

A black and white screen makes smartphones less pleasing to look at compared to the bright colors offered by app icons such as Instagram.

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Studies have already revealed a link between excessive smartphone use and poor mental health, especially for teens.

However, other studies have indicated that the lack of phone notifications contributes to “fear of missing out” and causes people to check their phones more.

All Instagram users can find the new quiet mode option by heading to Settings, followed by Notifications.

When a friend or follower sends a message to someone who is in quiet mode, they will get a response saying that they were not notified because the tool was triggered.

Also, users can tap the moon icon below their profile name to see when the mode is set to end.

Quiet Mode is similar to a tool called Take a Break, launched at the end of 2021, that sends a prompt to stop using the app.

The mentor says, ‘Do you want a break?’ Regular breaks can help you reset. You can now trigger reminders to take breaks when it makes sense to you.

Users then have the opportunity to click “on” or “not now”. If they choose “On,” they can choose to receive reminders to take a 10, 20, or 30 minute break.

An update to Instagram’s Hidden Words tool, which previously hid offensive DM requests and comments, will also be rolled out.

With the Hidden Words tool, Instagram users can hide recommended posts in Explore that contain certain words, emojis, or hashtags in the caption.

With the Hidden Words tool, Instagram users can hide recommended posts in Explore that contain certain words, emojis, or hashtags in the caption.

With the update, users can now hide recommended posts in Explore that contain certain words, emojis, or hashtags in the caption.

Instagram has also given parents more control over their children’s Instagram account, based on a handful of features released last year.

Parents will now be able to view their teen’s Instagram account settings, including privacy, default content, and controls, and will receive a notification if their child updates a setting or unblocks someone.

Instagram allows users to set up an account if they are 13 or older, but between the ages of 13 and 17, there is the option of parental control.

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