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Don’t want social media validation? Here’s how to hide likes on Instagram, FB

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: We often conflate “likes” on social media as the true sign of validation as getting the maximum likes on a photo or video is deemed very important. If the number of likes tends to bother you too, its time to stop thinking of like counts and self confidence as one thing and keep your sanity in exchange for visible like counts.

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So, if you have reached a point where your happiness isn’t decided by the number of activity on your social media post, hide likes on both the Facebook and the Instagram app following the below mentioned steps:

Hide likes on Instagram

By enabling this feature, neither you nor others will be able to see the likes on your new or old posts. Here is how to turn it on:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app.

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Step 2: Under your profile section, tap on the hamburger menu in the top right corner.

Step 3: Select the Settings option and then the Privacy option.

Step 4: Tap on Posts option.

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Step 5: Enable the ‘Hide Like and View Counts’ to hide other accounts’ like and view counts.

To hide likes from a previous post, here’s what to do:

Step 1: Select the three-dotted option on a post.

Step 2: Now, you will find the Hide Like Count option. Tap on it.

To undo it, repeat the process and then select the Unhide Like Count option.

To note, for the new posts, select the advanced settings option while posting to enable the option.

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Hide likes on Facebook:

To hide your like/reaction count on Facebook, here is another simple process to follow:

Step 1: Go to the Facebook app.

Step 2: Select the hamburger menu option in the bottom.

Step 3: Now, go to Settings & Privacy option and select it.

Step 4: Tap on the Settings option.

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Step 5: Look for Reaction preferences option under News Feed preference. Go for it.

Step 6: This is where you will find two options: 1) the option to hide others’ likes and 2) the option to hide likes on your posts. Choose whichever one you want and its done.

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