We are independent in choosing from different settings on Messenger. For every single chat, we have lots of options. So that we can easily configure such options and control things. For example, mute & unmute, ignore, block and unblock someone, archive and unarchive chats, etc.
Thousands of people are asking on my YouTube channel what is the difference between mute and ignore. I am gonna explore everything related to this. So that you guys can understand these features in a better way.
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Mute vs Restrict
Mute and ignore/restrict are the two independent features of Facebook Messenger. Here is what is the difference between Mute and Ignore: When you mute someone on Messenger, it means you are not getting future chat notifications for that conversation. But those messages will stay there in your main inbox.
When you ignore/restrict someone on Facebook Messenger, it means you are getting rid of chat completely. Meaning, that you are not receiving future notifications, and the chat is not and won’t appear in your main inbox. The conversation will stay hidden in the Message Requests under the SPAM folder.
Whenever you want, just go ahead and unignore that conversation, and everything will work the same as it worked before. Now let’s get to the muting and unmuting part.
How to Mute Someone on Messenger
The mute option is easily available in each conversation itself. You can just go ahead and tap the info icon at the top right and then hit that Mute button. You can do this step by step, here is the procedure:
- Go to Messenger and open a chat.
- Tap the info icon at the top right “little (i) icon”.
- Under the profile, name tap the Mute option.
- Select the duration and tap OK.
- That is you have successfully muted a conversation.
There are a few options you can choose from. For example, you can mute the convo for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 24 hours, and until you turn it back on. So now the choice is yours to choose from. Now there are two cases, if you want to completely get rid of someone’s chat notifications then select the option “until I turn it back on“.
But if it is your office time or just wanna ignore someone for a couple of hours or minutes then don’t choose the option “until I turn it back on”. Instead of that choose either 15 minutes or up to 24 hours.
That is it, you have stopped getting future notifications for that specific person or conversation. But remember that the chat or that conversation is still available in your main chat list on the Messenger home screen.
Bonus Tip: Kindly keep in mind that there is no such list on Messenger. So that you can get there and unmute that conversation. For that, you must keep the person in mind or note it down on your phone’s notepad app.
How to Mute Someone on Messenger on iPhone
If you are using an iOS device, you can easily mute a chat. The procedure to do so is very simple, please follow these simple steps:
- Open the Messenger app.
- Tap and hold a chat you want to mute.
- Now select the Mute option and then a duration, done.
That way, in the future you can easily type in the name of the person and unmute the convo with ease. Now there is one important question each user asks does someone know if you mute them on Messenger? I am gonna explain that right below.
What happens when you mute a conversation on Messenger?
As its name, upon muting someone you stop getting future notification updates from a specific chat or person. The person will know but the chat is still visible in your main chat list on FB Messenger. On the main chat list, the muted conversation will have a silent bell icon on it. That way, you can find out what convos you have muted.
Does someone know if you mute them on Messenger?
The short answer is no; they will never that you have muted that person on Messenger. According to Facebook, it is completely private if you mute or ignore someone, they will never know unless you get into that chat and read those messages. But the only thing they will notice is that you have read those messages, not that you have muted them.
I really hope you understand my point. That is what makes Facebook and Messenger so unique. I love FB Messenger because of such features. Anyway, now let us get to the procedure for how to unmute conversations on Messenger.
How to Unmute Someone on Messenger
You can easily go ahead and unmute someone with ease. Just get into the Messenger app, tap the info icon available at the top right, and then hit that unmute button under the person’s name. Here is how to do it step by step:
- Open your Messenger app.
- Go to the Chat with that person.
- Now tap the info icon at the top right corner.
- Tap the Unmute button under the person’s name.
- Great, you have successfully unmuted that person on Messenger.
Unmute Someone on Messenger on iPhone
You can follow the same steps as I show above for Android users. But anyhow, let me show you how you can easily unmute a chat or someone on Messenger using an iPhone:
- In the Messenger app open the Muted chat.
- Tap the person’s name at the top.
- Nop tap the Unmute (bell icon).
That is exactly how you can unmute a specific chat on the Messenger application. If you don’t remember the name of the person to unmute, then try to find a chat with a silent bell icon in the main chat list. After that, you can go ahead and repeat the steps to enable chat notifications for that person.
How to know if you have been muted on Facebook Messenger
I am gonna show you how to find out if someone has muted you on Facebook Messenger. Look there are plenty of things you need to try in order to find out and those things are:
Look at the very last message you sent, is it seen? Meaning: that whenever you send a message, and there is a checkmark next to it then the user is not online yet and when it becomes grey with a checkmark then the users are online and your message has been successfully delivered.
If you are not getting a reply for a long time days and weeks and months. Then you have been ignored/muted on Facebook. Read How to Retrieve Get Back Deleted Messages in Messenger.
Now there is another thing to keep in mind. If the person I read your message (there is a little profile picture round icon next to the message), you are not getting a reply for a long time. Then you have been muted on Facebook Messenger.
Mute and Unmute Group Chat on Messenger
Facebook Messenger also allows you to mute and unmute a group chat/conversation. You can do so easily by following these easy steps:
To mute a group chat on Messenger: Open that group chat, and tap the info icon at the top right corner. Now tap on the Bell Mute icon under the name of the group. You will see a popup to Mute this chat for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 8, and 24 hours or until you turn it back on. Choose an option and tap OK. That is how you can easily mute a group chat on Facebook Messenger.
To Unmute a group on Messenger: Open the Messenger app and go to that group conversation. Now tap the info icon (i) at the top right. Tap the Unmute Bell icon under the name of the group. That is it all, this is how easily you can unmute a group chat or conversation on Facebook Messenger.
How to Find Muted Conversations on Messenger
For your information, there is no such place on Facebook Messenger to find muted chats or conversations. However, it is up to you to remember the name of the person or group you have muted, then get back to that chat or group chat and unmute it.
Alternatively, in the main chat list in Messenger, you will see a bell icon with a forward slash on it next to the person’s name. This means that the chat is muted.
If you have chosen the option “until I turn it back on” while muting the chat and forgot the name of the person or group on Messenger. Then there is no way to find out that conversation unless you open it accidentally and then tap the info icon at the top right and realize that Oh I muted this chat before.
So, please stop wasting your time finding such options in Messenger. We hope Messenger grows up and little and adds such an option for a better user experience.