Social networking sites and mental health concerns have remained intertwined since the dawn of time. Many believe that the younger audience is susceptible to the magic number of likes and comments, letting the digits affect their self-worth. Facebook and Instagram — two of the biggest players in the social media game — have been looking into the matter for a while and seem to have come to a conclusion.
Instagram, which is owned by the biggest brand in the business: Facebook, is rolling out an option that would allow users to pay less attention to the numbers. It’s giving users the option to hide likes on their photos and videos. Today, we’ll take a look at how it works and tell you all its ramifications.
How to hide likes on Instagram
After testing the feature for over two years, Instagram has quietly rolled out the option to let users hide the number of likes they have on their posts. Below, we’ll help you do so on your mobile device.
Launch the Instagram app and log in. Now, go to your profile page by hitting the thumbnail on the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then, tap on an image to open it. Next, on the right-hand corner of the image, you will see a vertical ellipsis button. Tap on it to explore options related to the image.
Finally, tap on ‘Hide Like Count.’
That’s all! The like count on your image would be hidden immediately.
What happens when you hide likes?
Now that we’ve learned about hiding likes, let’s check out what happens when you choose to do so.
What do you see after you hide likes?
Instead of seeing how many people liked your post, you’d see the name of one Instagram user, with the remainder labeled as “Others.”””””
The whole list of persons who have liked your post may be found by tapping on ‘Others.’
What do others see?
Instagram users that come across your photo will not be able to see the whole number of likes at the same time. They, too, will see only one Instagram user’s name — which appears to be chosen at random — and the words “Others.”’
Tapping on ‘Others’ would give them the complete list of likers.
What happens when someone likes your post?
Even if someone likes your Instagram post after you’ve hidden the like count, you’ll still receive the usual “Like” message.
The name of the liker will not be hidden, but the overall count would be kept under wraps.
Can you hide the like count for other posts?
We’re afraid you’ll be disappointed if you want to extend the luxury of not seeing likes to other Instagrammers’ postings. You can simply hide the like count on your own posts, but you can’t conceal likes on other people’s posts.
How to unhide like count
Do you want to brag about how many people have liked your Instagram post? You could get the task done with just a couple of taps.
Go to your profile page in the Instagram app on your phone. Now, tap on the post you want to draw attention to. Then, in the top-right corner, press the vertical ellipsis.
Finally, tap on ‘Unhide Like Count.’
That’s all! The Like Count would be back to normal in no time.
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