How to change your Threads feed to accounts you actually follow

So you’ve signed up for Threads. Despite the millions who’ve supposedly also joined, it’s kind of quiet in here so far, with folks signing up and testing out various posts and vibes in Meta’s answer to Twitter.

But if you’re anything like me, you arrived to what feels like a party where you maybe recognise one or two friendly faces, but the rest is noise. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri has said a feed full of accounts you actually follow is “on the list”(opens in a new tab) but there’s a way you can make it a little more attuned in the meantime.

Threads, Meta’s version of Elon Musk’s tempestuous Twitter, launched on Thursday in the UK and U.S. on iOS and Android. Accessible only through Instagram, the standalone app requires you to login through your Meta account. Once you’re signed up to Threads, you’re given the option to follow everyone you already followed on Instagram (which, as our social media identities can be wildly different across platforms, might be very different to who you follow on Twitter). But despite following people you know, your Threads feed automatically defaults to a whole bunch of accounts you don’t.

While Instagram is working on a following feed, here’s how make your feed a little more full of people you actually follow. And if it’s getting too much, here’s how to pause Threads notifications.

How to change your Threads feed to accounts you actually follow


  • 2 min


  • Phone
  • Threads app through iOS or Android
  • an Instagram account

Step 1: Open the Threads app

If you haven’t signed up for Threads yet, you can find it in your Instagram app’s Settings — hit the three lines in the top right corner of your Instagram profile page and click Threads to install it through iOS or Android.

Step 2: Tap your Threads Profile

In the bottom left corner of the Threads app menu, tap the icon that looks like a little person to head to your Profile.

Step 3: Open Settings

Tap the two lines in the top corner of your Profile page to bring up Settings.

Step 4: Tap Notifications

Open Notifications — it has a little bell icon next to it.

Step 5: Tap Threads and replies.