Twitter adds mute feature to Android and iOS apps

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: May 12, 2014

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Use the official Twitter app on your Android or iOS device or on the web? If so, Twitter has announced that it’s got a new feature for you to check out.

Twitter today said that it’s added a new mute feature to its Android and iOS apps as well as to Twitter.com. When you mute a user, his or her tweets and retweets will no longer show up in your timeline, and you’ll stop receiving notifications related to that user. Twitter says that users that you’ve muted won’t know that they’ve been muted, but that those users will still be able to fave, reply to and retweet your tweets.

In order to mute a user, simply tap the “More” button and then select the mute function. You can also mute a user from his or her profile page by tapping the gear icon and selecting the mute function.

Third-party apps have had support for this mute feature for some time, so it’s nice to see the official Twitter app get it as well. Mute could come in handy if you want to block a user during a specific event but don’t want to unfollow him or her completely, like during a TV show in which you want to avoid spoilers.

In addition to the new mute feature, Twitter has added some new iPad-specific tweaks to its official iOS app. Those include in-line previews for photos and Vine videos, easier access to Direct Messages, a refreshed look for navigation and more.

Do you use the official Twitter app or do you prefer a third-party app for your tweeting needs?

Via Twitter blog, Twitter apps: Google Play, App Store