If you ever wanted to hide your likes on Instagram, now you can. Following the success of the hide likes experiment that Instagram performed back in 2019, the social media platform has now turned it into a full-fledged feature. Instagram is letting users decide what is the best for them, which means that now it’s up to users to enable or disable their like counts on their own posts as well as others’. This feature will also be updated on Facebook.
Earlier, Instagram had collected user feedback on the disabling Instagram likes feature and was surprised to see how positively it was received. The company has since then expressed its interest in elevating this experience and bringing more changes to the feature. However, the plan had to be cut short with the pandemic setting in as the platform then shifted its focus on spreading COVID-19 awareness via new features instead. Instagram in recent months got back to this project and has now taken it live on the platform.
While introducing the Instagram hide likes feature, the company wrote on its blog post, “We tested hiding like counts to see if it might depressurize people’s experience on Instagram. What we heard from people and experts was that not seeing like counts was beneficial for some, and annoying to others, particularly because people use like counts to get a sense for what’s trending or popular, so we’re giving you the choice. Changing the way people view counts is a big shift. We’ll continue working on new ways to give people more choice, so they feel good about the time they spend on our apps.”
How to hide likes on Instagram?
- Update your Instagram if you haven’t already.
- Once on Instagram, click on the three dots in the upper right corner above any of your posts.
- The ‘Hide Like Count’ will now be added as an option in the menu. The setting can be enabled or disabled anytime.
- To hide likes on others’ posts, go to Settings
- An all-new ‘Posts’ tab will be up in the section. Click to reveal the “Hide Like and View Counts” option. This setting can be enabled or disabled anytime.
- Once turned on, this feature will apply to all posts in your feed.
How do I delete a photo or video from my Instagram story?
Go to your story by tapping Your Story at the top of Feed. Tap More (iPhone) or More (Android) in the bottom right of the photo or video you'd like to delete. Tap Delete, then tap Delete again to confirm.
How do I unfollow someone on Instagram?
To unfollow someone: Go to the profile of the person you'd like to unfollow. Tap Following, then tap Unfollow to confirm.
How to Become Instagram Famous?
Becoming an influencer isn't easy, and while it can be incredibly rewarding, it's only possible if you're willing to put in the time. Being passionate about your content will help you push through the challenging times.