How to Hide or Show Like Counts on Instagram

Instagram profile on iPhone with hidden Like count.
Khamosh Pathak

It’s no secret that social media might not be the best for people’s mental health. To combat some of the negative effects of social networking, Instagram allows you to hide Like counts on every post shared in the app.

How to Hide or Show All Like Counts on Instagram

You can access this Like count feature in your Instagram app’s Settings menu. If you use multiple profiles, you’ll have to repeat this process for all linked profiles in the app.

After opening the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, tap the Profile icon in the bottom-right corner of the toolbar.

Tap the Profile button from the Instagram toolbar.

From your Profile page, tap the three-line menu button in the top-right corner of the page.

Tap the Menu (three parallel lines) button in the top-right corner of Profile.

If you’re using an iPhone, you’ll see a pop-up menu appear from the bottom of your screen. On Android, you’ll see a sidebar. Select the “Settings” option.

Choose "Settings" from the menu.

Go to the “Privacy” section.

Go to the "Privacy" section.

Choose the “Posts” option.

Select the "Posts" option in the "Privacy" section.

Finally, toggle on the “Hide Like and View Counts” to turn off and hide Like counts.

Toggle on "Hide Like and Video Counts"

Now, when you go back to your Instagram feed, you’ll notice that Like and View counts will disappear.

Like counts for Instagram posts will now be hidden.

If you want to show like counts again, go back to Settings > Privacy > Posts and toggle off the “Hide Like and View Counts” feature.

How to Hide Like Counts From Your Instagram Posts

Instagram also allows you to hide the Like count on your own post, but only on a per-post basis. Once hidden, only you will be able to see the real Like count of the post, and no one else.

Find the post that you want to hide the Like count of and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the post.

Tap three-dotted Menu button from your Instagram post.

From the pop-up menu, tap the “Hide Like Count” option.

Select "Hide Like Count" from the menu.

Instantly, the Like count will be disabled. You can tap the “Others” button to see the real Like count.

Tap "Others" from the Likes section to see the Like count.

The Like count will only be visible to you.

Only you will be able to see the Like count on your own posts.

To show the Like count again for a post, tap the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner and choose the “Unhide Like Count” option.

Select "Unhide Like Count" from the menu.

You can also hide the Like count when you’re creating a new post. When you’re writing the caption, tap the “Advanced Settings” option at the bottom of the page.

Select "Advanced Settings" from the new Instagram post.

Here, toggle on the “Hide Like and View Counts on This Post” option.

Toggle on "Hide Like and View Counts on this Post"

Once the post is published, you’ll still be able to unhide the Like count using the menu (as shown above).


Now that you have disabled the Like count, try muting posts or Stories from accounts that post just a bit too much.

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