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Instagram introduces ‘Quiet Mode’ so your followers can’t disturb you

If you keep getting sucked into Instagram by notifications and DMs, the platform has introduced a new ‘Quiet mode’ so you won’t be disturbed.

The social media giant hopes the new feature will help people focus and set boundaries with friends and followers.

Once enabled, you won’t receive any notifications and your profile’s activity status will change to ‘In quiet mode’.

If someone does DM you when you’re in ‘Quiet mode’, Instagram will automatically send an auto-reply and not notify you about the message till you’ve switched it off.

‘Teens have told us that they sometimes want to take time for themselves and might be looking for more ways to focus at night, while studying, and during school,’ said Instagram in a blog post.

‘Anyone can use “Quiet mode”, but we’ll prompt teens to do so when they spend a specific amount of time on Instagram late at night,’

Users can also customize the ‘Quiet mode’ hours to fit their schedule. Once you turn it off, the app will show you a quick summary of notifications so you can catch up on what you missed.

‘Quiet mode’ will be available to everyone in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand today with more countries to follow.

The move appears to be a follow up to Instagram’s ‘Take A Break’ feature introduced last year.

In addition, Instagram will also let people hide multiple pieces of content on their ‘Explore’ page without needing to click on each post individually.

Users can also hide recommended posts with certain words, emojis, or hashtags in the caption.

Finally, the platform is making it easier for parents to manage their teen’s Instagram account settings, including privacy and content defaults and controls.

They will also receive a notification if their teen updates a setting or any accounts their teen has chosen to block, to help parents and teens chat about these changes together about these changes.

The app will also nudge teens to switch to a different topic if they’re repeatedly looking at the same type of content on the Explore tab.

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