How to mute keywords and phrases on Twitter (and avoid spoilers)

Leon Neal/Getty ImagesAvoiding spoilers is hard work, but Twitter has a way to make it easier.
  • As the final “Game of Thrones” season airs, and we approach the premiere of “Avengers: Endgame,” there’s more danger than ever of inadvertently running into spoilers on Twitter.
  • Luckily, there’s a way to avoid seeing tweets about these topics, without having to go on a total social media hiatus.
  • You can mute specific keywords or phrases on Twitter, which stops tweets containing those words from appearing on your timeline or in your notifications.
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So many awesome movies and TV shows have premiered recently – “Game of Thrones,” “Avengers,” “Us” – and with everybody and their dog wanting to talk all about them, it’s become harder than ever to avoid spoilers.

Sometimes, it seems like all you can do is shun Twitter altogether, until you get the chance to watch what everyone’s chatting about.

Luckily, Twitter gives us a solution: muting.

On Twitter, you can choose specific keywords and phrases that you don’t want to see in a tweet. Say, for instance, you’re worried about being spoiled on “Game of Thrones” – just hop into your settings, mute a few phrases like “Game of Thrones,” “#GameOfThrones,” or even names like “Daenerys,” and “Bran.”

In the blink of an eye, any tweet containing those words will disappear from your timeline and notifications. You can still access the tweets if someone gives you the direct link, but they won’t show up otherwise.

Ready to block some spoilers? Here’s how to mute keywords and phrases on both desktop and the Twitter mobile app.

How to mute keywords on Twitter via desktop

1. While logged into Twitter, click your icon in the top right corner to open a menu. It should be in between the search bar and the “Tweet” button.

William Antonelli/Business InsiderClick on your icon.

2. In this menu, click “Settings and privacy.”

Screen Shot 2019 04 16 at 10.19.20 AMWilliam Antonelli/Business InsiderClick the ‘Settings and privacy’ tab.

3. This will bring you to your account settings page. In the list on the left side of the page, click “Muted words.”

Screen Shot 2019 04 16 at 10.20.31 AMWilliam Antonelli/Business InsiderThe tab for muted words will be in the side menu.

4. The first time you open this page, a small pop-up will appear explaining that “When you mute words, you won’t see them in your notifications or timeline.” You can click the “Learn more” link to read more about muting, or click “Got It” to start muting keywords on your own.

5. Click “Add.”

Screen Shot 2019 04 16 at 10.21.45 AMWilliam Antonelli/Business InsiderClick ‘Add.’

6. In the menu that pops up, type the words or phrases you want to mute in the text box offered. You’ll also be asked to choose where you want the words to be muted, and for how long. By default, Twitter sets it so you’ll never see tweets containing the words on your timeline, and you’ll never receive notifications containing the words from people you don’t follow.

Screen Shot 2019 04 16 at 10.22.12 AMWilliam Antonelli/Business InsiderYou can type anything into the box to mute it.

7. Once you’ve typed in the phrase you want to mute, click “Add,” and it will be immediately muted. Repeat this process for every word or phrase you’d like to mute. You’ll see a list on the page of all the words you’ve muted – click the pencil icon to edit them, or the red speaker with a line through it to stop muting them.

Screen Shot 2019 04 16 at 10.31.43 AMWilliam Antonelli/Business InsiderYou can edit or delete your mutes at any time.

Tweets containing the words or phrases you’ve blocked won’t appear where you’ve muted them, for as long as you’ve muted them.

How to mute keywords on the Twitter mobile app

Muting keywords on the Twitter app is a similar process, but involves tapping through a few more screens.

1. Tap your icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Twitter iPhone 1William Antonelli/Business InsiderTap your icon.

2. In the side menu that opens, tap “Settings and privacy.”

Twitter iPhone 2William Antonelli/Business InsiderGo into your ‘Settings and privacy’ menu.

3. This is the first of a few menus we’ll have to get through. Tap “Content preferences.”

Twitter iPhone 3William Antonelli/Business InsiderThere are a few more menus on the Twitter app.

4. Tap “Muted.”

5. Tap “Muted words.”

6. This will bring you to a page similar to the one on desktop that lists all your currently muted words and phrases. Tap “Add” at the bottom of the screen to mute another word or phrase.

Twitter iPhone 6William Antonelli/Business InsiderThis page will show everything you have muted.

7. Type the word or phrase you’d like to mute into the box at the top of the screen. The rest of the page is filled with options for changing how long you want the mute to last, and where it should apply.

Twitter iPhone 7William Antonelli/Business InsiderTap ‘Learn More’ to be taken to a page with info on muting.

8. Tap “Save,” and your new mute will take effect.

William Antonelli/Business InsiderTap on the muted words to edit their mute settings.

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