Silence is golden, duct tape is... orange, apparently, and the mute button is white.

Enough is enough sometimes — here's how to mute threads on Google+

QUIET! Class is starting. Google+ is a wonderful place of conversations. But unlike real conversations, when you get bored, you can't just walk away. That's what the mute button is there is for. It lets you get out of a conversation and the flood of notifications an active post can bring. You can also use the mute button on individual people, which we genuinely hope Google is working on bringing to real-world conversations. Muting is also a handy thing for posts that disgust/horrify/enrage or otherwise evoke an emotional response you don't need to see more than once.

So let's talk about shutting things up.

muting a post (on mobile)

Whether it's just in poor taste, or it's just gone one forever, the mute button is the savior for many a user. And on mobile it's almost as easy to use as on the desktop. To mute a post, you first must click on the post in question. Then you click the overflow button in the top-right corner and select mute. You can also report posts here, should you feel you need to do so — it's sadly becoming more and more common as more people and thus more bots adopt the platform.

A muted post in the notification page (on desktop) You can find your way back, if you need/want to.

Once you mute a post, you no longer will see it after you reload your home page. And if you had been getting notifications from it (like from a long and out-of-control conversation), then you will no longer receive notifications from it until you go into your previously read notifications and un-mute it. You will also still see the post on the poster's profile page.

Here's an image we hope you'll never see.

Muting a person works in much the same manner as muting a post. On their profile page, you'll hit the suttings button, and there's a Mute button right there, along with another report button. But we'd never want to mute Android Central, right? Right!

And now that you know how to mute, what posts do you foresee using it the most on?


Reader comments

Google+ and the mute button — meet your new best friend


Best way to mute notifications from social networks, don't install/uninstall/disable them. Profit

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And in the case of g+(sic -), just say no. Friends don't let friends use worthless, spammy crapware.

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The problem is that the mute does two things. Stops notifications (which I want to stop) but also stops me from seeing the posting on my homepage / timeline, which I still want to do. Think they'll ever come out with something half way?

This is a great option. Now: Anyone know if there is any way to stop every device I own from letting me know that it made a back-up copy of a picture I took?

Yep. Go into notification settings and uncheck the option for photos from auto backup.

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'To mute a post, you first must click on the post in question.'

In the days of old, before Google decided to declare war on power users and G+ didn't suck, you used to be able to long press on a post to mute it, without having to open it. Many of us have submitted feedback to Google about this, but of course it doesn't do any good. That's one of the MANY things they broke/crippled with subsequent updates to the mobile app.

People are so obsessed with notifications. I mute notifications for social networks within Android itself. If I want to read Facebook, or Google+ I open the app. I don't need it nagging me when not open. I guess I'm in the minority with this line of thinking though. Kids these days need constant feedback. I'm an old fart, and have trouble relating to that.

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I'm a teenager, and I'm not in Facebook or Twitter, or SnapChat, or any other social media network like that. Maybe I'm no old fart inside...

I hate this implementation. Muting a post should mute it (silence it, stop notifications) NOT hide it from the stream. Sometimes, there is a great post that I want to continue to see/read comments, but I don't want to continue receiving notifications. Google should have to options. Mute & Hide.
They do the same thing with Gmail. If you mute a group email, you won't be notified unless someone directly replies to you. They just assume that by mute, you mean, "get it out of my sight, I never want to see this again"

I really didn't know what she was trying to say with that word until I said it with the accent. That's funny.

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