How to change your Threads feed to accounts you actually follow

In this photo illustration, the Threads logo is displayed in front of a mobile phone screen for easy explanations.

Threads, the meta version of Elon Musk’s stormy Twitter, launched on iOS and Android in the UK and US on Thursday. Accessible only through Instagram, the standalone app requires you to login through your Meta account. Once you’ve signed up to Threads, you’re given the option to follow everyone you already follow on Instagram (that is, our social media identities can be quite different across platforms , may be very different from those you follow on Twitter). But even after following people you know, your Threads feed automatically defaults to a whole bunch of accounts you don’t.

Here’s how to make sure your fresh new feed is made up of people you actually follow. And if it’s getting to be too much, here’s how to stop thread notifications.

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

A screenshot showing the Threads settings page "Notifications" with "Threads and replies" about halfway down.Credit: Shannon Connellan

Step 6: Change your settings to "From people you follow"

Toggle the settings from "Everyone" to "From people you follow." You can change this for First threads, Likes, Replies, Mentions, Reposts, and Quotes. This won't change the entire feed to only people you follow (Instagram's working on that), but you'll see a lot more content from people you do.

A screenshot from the Threads app showing "Threads and Replies" and various settings for seeing content from "everyone" or "from people you follow"Credit: Shannon Connellan

Step 7: Hit the Home icon to return to your feed

If you want to change these settings back, just follow the same steps as above, but toggle "First threads" back to "Everyone".
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