How to turn off likes on Instagram

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Instagram recently added new features for users concerned about likes on their News Feed. They can now decide if they want to disable them or not. This way, people have more control over the content they see and can choose what works best for them.

If you want to disable likes on Instagram, you have come to the right place. This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to do it on an iPhone, Android, iPad, and PC.



How to Disable Likes in Instagram on an iPhone

There are many reasons why a person might want to hide Instagram likes. Privacy issues, pressure, anxiety or just wanting to try something new. All users with the latest version of Instagram on their iPhone can disable likes for specific posts on their profiles. They can also de-like posts from their followers.

Follow the steps below for detailed instructions on how to turn off Instagram likes on iPhone:

Hide Instagram likes before sharing a post

Maybe you decided to share a post on Instagram without people seeing how much it gets. You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Add a post as you normally do. When you're about to share the post, scroll down to "Advanced Settings" on the "Share Screen" page.
  2. Enable the “Hide likes and show numbers on this post” option.

Note that you can change this setting at any time in the three-dot menu at the top of the post.


Hide Instagram likes after sharing a post

Maybe you shared a post and forgot to hide likes or just want to turn off likes for some of your previous posts. You can easily change this setting by adjusting the specific publishing options:


  1. Access the post.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right of the post.
  3. Tap the “Hide as number” option.

You will now see a message saying “Liked by [username] and others” below this post. There is no mass hiding feature available yet, so you need to apply these steps for each post you want to edit.

Disable likes on other people's posts

Do you want to disable liking posts from your followers? You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Tap on your "Profile" tab in the bottom right and access the menu.
  2. Go to “Settings”, then “Privacy”, then “Publications”.
  3. Enable “Hide number of likes and views” on the “Posts” page.

That's it! You have successfully disabled the likes of others' posts on Instagram. You can always disable the "Hide likes and show counts" button to return to the previous settings. Also note that this still allows you to see the list of people who have liked a particular post. When you see a "Like by [username] and others" message below the image, tapping on "others" will open the listing.

How to Disable Likes in Instagram on Android Device

Users concerned about the culture of 'likes' weighing on their sanity have hailed Instagram's latest feature allowing them to hide likes. Android users can decide whether they want to hide the likes of their posts or the posts of their followers. If you belong to this category, just follow the instructions below.



Hide Instagram likes before sharing a post

  1. Create a message as you normally would, but don't send it yet.
  2. Instead, scroll down to "Advanced Settings" and toggle on "Hide the number of likes and views on this post."
  3. Publish the message.

Only you will see the likes and views for this post. If you change your mind and decide to change the settings, just tap the three-dot menu for that post and tap "Show likes and see count."

Hide Instagram likes after sharing a post

You can also disable likes for articles you've already published. Just navigate to that specific message and enable the hide feature. Unfortunately, there is still no functionality to bulk hide, so you have to do it manually for each post. Here's how:

  1. Find the Instagram post you want to hide likes from.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right of the post.
  3. Select the "Hide as Number" option.

It will now say "Liked by [username] and others" below this post. You can always see who liked the post by tapping on “others”.

Disable likes on other people's posts

If you want to get rid of likes completely, you can also turn off the likes and views feature for your followers' posts.

  1. Tap on your "Profile" tab in the bottom right and access the menu.
  2. Go to “Settings”, then “Privacy”, then “Posts”.
  3. Enable the “Hide likes and show count” toggle button on the “Posts” page.

You have now disabled the likes of others' posts on Instagram. If you change your mind, you can undo the action by disabling the "Hide likes and show counts" option.



How to Disable Likes in Instagram on an iPad

Anyone with the latest version of Instagram on their iPad can disable likes. Here's how:

Hide Instagram likes before sharing a post

If you want to publish a post without other people seeing the likes and view count, follow these steps:

  1. Create a message as you normally do. Before posting, scroll down to "Advanced Settings" on "Share Screen".
  2. Enable the “Hide likes and show count on this post” option.

You will be the only person to see likes and views on this post.

Hide Instagram likes after sharing a post

If you want to disable likes for previous posts, you can do so by editing the settings for that individual post. Hopefully Instagram will surprise us soon with a “like hidden in bulk” option.

  1. Find the post from which you want to hide likes on your profile.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right of the post.
  3. Tap the “Hide as number” option.

Instead of seeing how many people liked this post, you'll now see "Liked by [username] and others." »

Disable likes on other people's posts

You can also stop seeing the likes other people receive on their posts. Here's how:

  1. Tap the "Profile" tab at the bottom right and open the menu.
  2. Go to “Settings”, then “Privacy”, then “Posts”.
  3. Enable “Hide number of likes and views” on the “Posts” page.

Undo the action by toggling the "Hide Like and View Counts" so that it turns gray.

Can I disable likes in Instagram on PC?

Instagram does its best to promote the use of mobile applications. This means many features are disabled for PCs, including the ability to disable Instagram likes. If disabling likes is really important to you, you can use the Instagram app for iOS or Android devices. Simply follow the instructions for your device in its respective section above.

Your privacy on Instagram is in your hands

Users want different things from their Instagram experience. While some need to follow to see trends, others want to manage online pressure by turning them off. Whether you're feeling anxious or just want to focus on content rather than likes, you can easily turn them off for your posts or those of your followers.

Why did you decide it was time to turn off likes on Instagram? Do you think the similar feature can negatively affect someone's mental health? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

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