Instagram is constantly experimenting with new features, and the latest among these is the ability to hide like, and view counts on your posts. This information may be helpful to know how well your content is resonating with your followers, but it can also be a vanity metric hampering your mental health.
I can attest to how constantly comparing likes and views on my posts with others makes me feel pressured and, over time, damages my self-worth. So I’m glad Instagram has rolled out this feature to reduce the stress caused by online social comparison.
- This feature is currently not for Reels or IGTV videos. View and like counts on Reels and IGTV will still be visible to your followers.
- If you are looking to learn how to hide likes on Facebook, this is not possible at present but might be in the coming months. We’ll keep you updated.
Let’s find out how to hide likes and view on yours and others’ Instagram posts.
- How to hide likes and video views on new Instagram posts
- Hide the number of likes on existing Instagram posts
- How to turn off likes on other’s Instagram posts
- Unhide the like and view count on Instagram
How to hide likes and video views on new Instagram posts
When you use this feature, Instagram will no longer show the number of likes under your post. Instead, it will show the username of a follower who has liked your post with the text “and others.”
- Create your new Instagram post as usual until you get to the caption writing screen.
- At the bottom, tap Advanced Settings.
- Toggle on Hide Like and View Counts.
- Return to the previous page and tap Share to post.
Note: There is no way to set this as the default for all your new posts. So you have to enable the option each time you create a new post:
Hide the number of likes on existing Instagram posts
You can turn off like count on any of your older posts in just two simple steps:
- Go to the post you want to hide the like count for and tap the three-dots icon at the top right.
- Tap Hide Like Count on the pop-up menu.
- Now, the number of likes will no longer be visible.
As for hiding video views on Instagram, the method explained above works for regular video posts on your feed but not for Instagram Reels or IGTV videos. It is not currently possible to hide likes or views on Reels and IGTV.
How to turn off likes on other’s Instagram posts
In addition to hiding likes on your posts, you should know how to hide the number of likes on Instagram as a whole so that you don’t see them on other users’ posts too. This can help you fully focus on appreciating the content rather than getting distracted by the numbers.
- Open Instagram and tap your profile picture at the bottom.
- Tap the three-lined menu icon in the top-right corner
- Tap Settings in the pop-up options and go to Privacy.
- Select Posts.
- Toggle on Hide Like and View Counts.
Of course, you can turn this off at any time to go back to see the like and view counts on others’ posts.
Unhide the like and view count on Instagram
You may have removed likes on an Instagram post, but what if you want to undo it? Well, you can go back to displaying the counts on any post in two easy steps.
- Go to the specific post and tap the three-dots at its top corner.
- Tap Unhide Like Count. That’s it!
This is a personal choice. If you find that likes make you feel anxious or compare yourself with others, it might be good for your mental health to turn it off. But if you run a business account, these metrics probably matter to you and help you know how your content resonates with followers. Try it for yourself and see how you feel about it.
Yes. With the “Hide Likes” feature, the number of likes or views on a post will not be publicly visible, but you can still check by clicking the text that shows you who liked it. Of course, you can also choose to unhide like counts anytime you want.
Yes, you can hide your Activity Status on Instagram. This means preventing others from seeing when you are active/online on the platform. Go to Settings → Privacy → Activity Status and toggle OFF Show Activity Status.
Well, now you know how to turn off likes and view counts on Instagram. What are your thoughts about this new feature, and have you tried it yet? Let me know in the comments below!
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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.