Instagram has added new features that allow users to hide the number of likes and views on other people’s posts, as well as the same counts on their own posts. The new options were added to “depressurize people’s experience” on the platform, according to the Facebook-owned social media company. Instagram has been testing the options in several countries since 2019, but they are now being rolled out globally as of Wednesday.

Despite the fact that the use of the platform has been linked to anxiety and poor mental health, Instagram said its testing found that removing likes had little impact on users’ behavior and wellbeing. The steps below outline where you can find the new Instagram mobile app options.

How to Hide Instagram Likes on Your Own Posts on iPhone

The option to hide Instagram-like counts on your own posts can be found in the three-dotted menu for each post. This is a per-post option that cannot be applied to all of your existing posts at once.

  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone.
  2. Touch your profile image in the tab area found alongside the bottom.
  3. Scroll through your feed and tap your own post whose likes you’d like to hide.
  4. Tap three dots in the top-right corner above the post, then choose Hide Like Count.

    How to Hide Instagram Likes on iPhone
    credit: Instagram

This will hide the number of likes this particular post has received from both you and others.

You can unhide a post’s likes by selecting Unhide Like Count from the menu.

What happens when you hide Instagram likes on your own posts

Instagram will no longer display the most recent account that liked your post as well as the number of likes. So, instead of seeing “liked by jhonwalker and 582 others,” you’ll see just “liked by jhonwalker and others,” with no indication of the number of likes the post receives.

You can tap this line again to see everyone who has liked the post. Remember that the number of post likes is displayed on this screen. According to the feature’s description, only you can see the total number of likes on this post.”

How to Hide Instagram Like from Other Accounts on iPhone

The option to hide Instagram-like counts on other people’s posts is available in the new Posts section of Instagram settings, and it applies to all posts in your feed.

  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your profile image in the tab area alongside the bottom.
  3. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-right with three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another.
  4. Choose Settings from the menu.
  5. Now select Privacy in the Instagram settings.
  6. Choose Posts underneath the Interactions heading.
  7. Slide the toggle next to Hide Like and View Counts to the ON position.

    How to Hide Instagram Likes on iPhone
    credit: Instagram

This will hide the like and view counts for any posts from other accounts.

As mentioned earlier, this control applies to all the posts in your feed.

If you don’t see the new Posts section, check back a few days or weeks later. This feature is being released in stages, meaning that it won’t suddenly appear for all users at once.