Sometimes you just don't want to hear everything people on your Twitter timeline are saying, especially if you follow a lot of accounts. Also, some people just get annoying. This is why third-party Twitter clients have long included muting. Now Twitter itself is embracing the idea with official support coming to its apps and website.


Users of the official Android (and iPhone) app will be getting the mute feature over the next few weeks. To mute a person, just hit the 'More' item on Tweets and select mute. You can also mute people from their profiles by tapping the gear icon and choosing mute. It's a similar deal in the web interface. This prevents all that user's tweets, retweets, and replies from appearing in your timeline. It can be turned off at any time.

Third-party clients have expanded mute features to include things like hashtags and key words, but Twitter is starting out slow. Still, it's a fine alternative to unfollowing people and bruising egos.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Roberto Giunta

    So, can someone explain to me why after 2 months we Android users still don't have the "share multiple photos" option in the official client? You can't tell me it's easier to code for iOS to fucking attach photos to a tweet...

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      It's in the alpha, wait for it.

      • Roberto Giunta

        "Waiting" is all we Android users do.

        • Daniel Antón García

          I guess that if it is so easy you can do it yourself...
          If it released to latem they take too long, if too early there are bugs and then we'll complain too...

          • Roberto Giunta

            What about holding it back for iOS so they can release it simultaneously instead of letting us wait months? Yes, I'm not a developer but packing 4 pics into a tweet and inserting them into twitter's picture service can't really be that hard.

            Their focus is still on iOS and while having alpha and beta groups for the apps is nice, most people still have to wait. On their fucking website is not even the mention that it only works with iOS right now. https://about.twitter.com/products/photo-sharing Or can you read that somewhere here?

            Or what about the tablet interface that debuted with a Samsung tablet? (Was is the Note 10.1 2014? Can't remember). It's still not released for the masses.

          • Daniel Antón García

            Since when do they need to treat iOS and android the same? This is not human rights or whatever. They have their priorities and they must have their reasons and as a private company they can do whatever they want..If not, switch to iOS

          • abobobilly

            You do realize that you are actually supporting these huge corporations and the reasons for which they procrastinate their products for Android?

            I could care less about those people's views who think "its fine for a such a massive corporations to release half-asses iOS-replica apps on Android". Its Bullsh*t and its totally not acceptable.

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            This is the stupidest argument ever, when it comes to biggie developers developing "official" apps of a particular product/service.
            Fucking do it myself? Why? Do you debug each and every bug on your devices by yourself? Do you never ever complain at all? Is anyone not supposed to complain ever?

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  • rodrigoswz

    I already have this function with the latest alpha of twitter app!

  • Drago

    I hope they also keep the ability to only mute someone's re-tweets. Sometimes that's all I need.

    I would only mute someone completely in extreme cases. Just my two cents.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Yeah well some people still insist on using classic retweet method...

  • Cesar

    To hell with other people's feelings; if I don't care about what they're tweeting, I'll unfollow them.

  • Poussah

    I think it is deployed on some accounts... I use the beta app with two accounts, one has the mute feature available, the other does not.

  • alamarco

    I'm not one of the luck users who has this enabled, but I have a question for those that do.

    If you mute someone on the Twitter client for mobile, is it muted on web as well? i.e. is this a per device setting or an account setting?

  • abobobilly

    Dat Hastag #Shutup 1011

  • RXG9

    What's the point of muting someone? Why not just stop following them?