What Does Green Ring Around Instagram Story Mean

Your Quick Answer:

The green rings on Instagram stories mean that those people who have uploaded the story are your close friends or you have added them to the close friend list.

They do get rid of this green circle around stories, there are three simple ways.

The first is – ‘Mute that person’s story. In the story section, go to that person’s story, tap and hold his profile picture and click on “Mute”. 

What Does Green Ring Around Instagram Story Mean:

This means that the person who posted the story has shared a private story with only a select group of people. The green circle around their profile picture indicates that the story is exclusive and not visible to all of their followers.

If you notice a green ring around someone’s Instagram story, it means that you are not included in their Close Friends list. They have specifically chosen to share that story with a limited group of people.

Also, remember that you can create your own Close Friends list on Instagram. This allows you to share stories exclusively with a selected group of followers. You can add or remove people from this list at any time to control who sees your private stories.

However, it’s important to respect others’ choices regarding their Close Friends list. Just because you see a green ring around someone’s story doesn’t mean you should ask them to include you.

What makes someone a close friend on Instagram:

The person who talks with you daily or every now and then keep a check on your social media stuff like photos and stories, tags you on memes, and share the relatable post, and the list is never-ending. 

Manually, the people you have added to the close friend list will appear with a green circle.

Close friends on Instagram are the ones who are likes, share, and comment on your posted stuff just like best friends on the social platform. 

1. Daily Chat on DM

The people on your Instagram with whom you chat daily on DM (Direct Message = Chat-box) is considered your close friend. 

The person with whom you share memes, tag on related posts, and gossip is your close friend. 

2. Likes each other’s Stuff

The people on your Instagram who likes and comments on your posts and you also do the same on their posts and uploads, are the one who lies under the category of close friends. 

3. Reactions to every post or Story

There are some people in real life and also on social media, who comment on your every post and send reactions to every story. These people are nothing but your close friends. 

According to Instagram’s algorithm, the users who daily chat, share memes, like each other’s stuff, and react to every post and story are close friends. 

How to Get Rid of the Green Circle on Instagram:

Following are the simple methods to get rid of the green circle around stories on Instagram.

1. Mute the Person’s Stories

Without removing the person from a list you can mute him.

When you mute someone’s story from your account, his/her story will not appear on your story tab. And the most amazing thing is that person would not get to know that you have ‘muted’ his story. 

Now, let’s learn the steps to mute someone’s story:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: First of all, open the Instagram app and stay on the ‘home’ page, which is the page, where the stories are displayed on the top. 

Step 2: Next, go to the stories section and find the person’s story who you want to mute.

find the person’s story

Step 3: After that, tap & hold their profile picture and some options will pop up on the screen from the bottom. 

options will pop

Step 4: Now, tap on the “Mute” and then select the “Mute Story”. 

mute story

That’s it. 

To use this method the person whose story you want mute must upload the story. 

This method is the best method to get rid of someone’s stories and the green circle.

2. Block them from your Instagram

If you block someone from your Instagram account, that means, you won’t get to see his/her new & old posts, new stories, and highlights, or anything related to his profile. That person will completely become an invisible user on Instagram. 

Here are the steps to block someone from your account:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open your Instagram app and go to the person’s profile, whom you want to block.

Step 2: On his/her profile page, in the top right-most corner, you will see “Three Dots”. Click on it. 

Three Dots

Step 3: From the appeared option list, tap on “Block” and select ‘Block ____’ (second option), and hit on the ‘Block’ button at the bottom. 

select Block

Now, that person will only be visible in your block list and nowhere else.

3. Unfollow them on Instagram

The second best way to get rid of someone’s story and the green circle is to ‘Unfollow’ them from your account. It does not matter if they follow up. 

Stories and posts only appear on your feed when you follow the person, if you don’t then their stuff would not trouble your eyes. 

So, let’s go through the steps to unfollow someone on Instagram from your account:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app and go to that person’s Instagram profile. 

Step 2: Open his/her profile and click on the drop-down arrow of ‘Following’. 

Step 3: When you will click on ‘Following’ or its drop-down arrow, a few options will come on the screen. 

click on ‘Following

Step 4: Click on the “Unfollow”, again click on “Unfollow” and done.

click on “Unfollow”

From now, that person’s story and the pictures will not come in your feeds. 

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