How to Know if You Have Been Muted on Facebook

By Max. D Gray. Updated: October 31, 2017
How to Know if You Have Been Muted on Facebook

If you are wondering how to know if you have been muted on Facebook, it's likely because someone isn't speaking to you. You may have been having a conversation which you thought was particularly engaging, then it just suddenly stopped. Maybe you were having a heated debate, but your forceful point was met with radio silence. Whether you have been speaking to a trusted friend, someone you don't know well or even someone you have had a falling out with, it's never fun to be ignored. oneHOWTO finds out how to tell if you have been muted, but before you do, remember that the likeliest reason someone hasn't replied to your message is that they've simply got caught up doing something else.

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Can you know for definite if you have been muted on Facebook?

Facebook has introduced the mute button for Facebook because when using the social media platform, you may not want to be distracted by beeps and notifications. The most common cause for someone to mute a conversation on Facebook is likely to be due to group chats.

Often we are brought together by friends when trying to organize an event (birthday party, work conference, music festival, etc.), Although the information can be useful, there are usually a few chatty members who are happy to go on and on with their hilarious jokes and witty banter until the repeated message alert sound makes you want to throw your laptop out the window. Muting the conversation allows the stream to stop, but you won't have to offend anyone by telling them to quit it or by deleting them.

The idea behind muting is so that you don't receive notifications of new messages, but the other person(s) won't know you have muted them. If you were able to know for definite that you have been muted on Facebook, then there would be no point in having this function. There is no alert or hack on Facebook to know exactly who has muted you.

This is why, if you want to know if you have been muted on Facebook, you have to use intuition. Here's how:

Your messages aren't 'Seen'

There is a difference between muting someone on Facebook and blocking them. If you have been blocked by someone on Facebook, not only will your message not show up, but you won't appear on their friend list or see not direct information about them. You might be able to see some messages in apps or groups you have in common.

When you mute someone on Facebook, everything acts as normal except you won't receive alerts or messages from them. You are given options as to how long you want to mute them. These are:

  • For 30 minutes
  • For 1 hour
  • For 8 hours
  • For 24 hours
  • Indefinitely

If the conversation is getting a little too much, but will peter out soon. Just mute it for a few hours. If you don't want to hear from this person, but you still need to be in contact, you can mute them indefinitely. This means you can choose to read their messages or not. You might simply want a little more privacy on Facebook. You can also 'unmute' them at any time.

If you think you have been muted, then it is likely your message won't be 'Seen'. This means they haven't read the message. If you have sent a message, but it has not been received it will say 'Message sent'. This means the recipient hasn't been online. If it says 'Message delivered', this means the person has been online, but not read the message.

Most people will check their messages when they log on to Facebook. If you know that your messages have been sent, but not read, then there are two possibilities:

  • The recipient has seen your message alert and not yet read it
  • The recipient has muted you and doesn't want to hear from you for a while
How to Know if You Have Been Muted on Facebook - Your messages aren't 'Seen'

The glitch method

Here is a method some people have claimed works on Facebook, but we believe no longer works. It is known as the 'glitch method'.

  • When you think you have been muted on Facebook by a user, send this user a message
  • If the message is read as 'seen' the exact time you sent it, it means you have been muted
  • Check Facebook on another device such as a smartphone
  • If the messages have been 'seen' at different times, then you have been muted

We tried this method and, though it may have worked at some point for some people, it doesn't seem to work now on Facebook.

The best method

The best way to know if someone has muted you on Facebook is not very technological and involves you answering a simple question: do they have a reason to mute you?

If the answer is yes and you have sent them a lot of messages which have been delivered, but not read, then it is likely they have muted you. If they haven't muted you, then they will have received alerts about your Facebook messages and chosen not to read them. Either way, the person doesn't want to hear from you for a while, but they haven't fallen out with you to the point they want to block you.

Remember, if you send a person a message in a group of friends which has been muted, they won't receive alerts for them. However, you will be able to sent them direct messages unless they have muted you specifically.

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Farhan Singh
Wait, if they open the message chat window to mute you, won't they techincally have "read" your messages before they mute you?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Farhan,

Muting won't stop the messages from being received, only the alerts from prompting you. They may have read the message, they may have not. Is there a problem we don't see?
Farhan Singh
Well, I want to know one thing. Is it still possible I could be muted when none of the messages I have last sent were marked as read?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Farhan,

Ah, good question. They will have to go into the chatbox in messenger to toggle the mute function on and off. This means that the message will be in front of them and will be marked as read. After this, the messages will not be marked as read. If they muted you before you sent the message, it will not be marked as read.
Farhan Singh
I see, so then, if they mute your messages after reading them, you won't know they read your messages to begin with.

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