If you’re annoyed by Twitter Fleets, you can mute them, but it’s not as easy as you think, at least when it comes to muting all of them. There is no way to disable Fleets in general, just to be clear, we’re talking about muting them only. The thing is, you cannot mute them altogether, that would basically mean you can disable them. What you can do, however, is mute them one at a time. That would mean that you’d have to mute every single person that publishes a Fleet, if you don’t want to see a single one, which is kind of the reason why we’re publishing this.
Twitter Fleets are basically the same thing as Instagram Stories, while both Facebook and YouTube have the same feature with a different name. I, personally, don’t really use those features on any of the aforementioned apps. I’m fed up with that feature, to be quite honest. I’ve noticed that quite a few people share that opinion, at least based on the comments sent to Twitter after the company started rolling out the feature to everyone. Well, if you’re like me, you’ll probably want to mute those Fleets. Below, I’ll explain how you can do that.
This is how you can mute Twitter Fleets, though you'll have to do it one by one
As already mentioned, you’ll need to do this one at a time. So, once someone publishes a Fleet, and that Fleet appears at the top of your timeline, tap it. Once you do, you’ll see a downward-facing arrow in the top-right corner of the display, as shown in the image below. Tap that option, and you’ll get a pop-up menu.
In this new menu, you’ll see two options. The first will allow you to report said Fleet, while the second one will allow you to mute it. We want to do the latter, of course, so you’ll need to tap that option.
Once you do that, you’ll be asked whether you want to mute Fleets only, or if you want to mute both Fleets and Tweets from the person you’ve selected. If you want to do both, go for it, but we’re here for the Fleets. So, tap the ‘Mute Fleets’ option.
That is pretty much it, you won’t see Fleets from the person you’ve muted. Doing this for every single contact that publishes a Fleet can be annoying, especially if you have a ton of contacts who publish them. If you’re really annoyed by the feature, this is definitely worth doing, as you have to do it once per person.
Doing all this won't remove 'Fleets' menu from the Twitter app
Unfortunately, Twitter did not offer us an option to disable Fleets altogether. In other words, you cannot remove them from the top of your timeline. Even if you mute everyone who publishes them, that menu will still sit at the top, along with the icon that allows you to publish a new Fleet. So, muting Fleets is not an ideal solution, but at least you won’t have to look at new ones, even though that menu will still poke you in the eye.
It’s unlikely that Twitter will comply, and offer us a way to disable that menu altogether. We can hope though, and if you’re annoyed by Fleets and don’t plan to use them, submitting an opinion / request to Twitter may help things.