What Happens When You Accidentally Like and Then Unlike an Instagram Post?
It’s very easy to like someone’s post on Instagram by mistake. Whether you accidentally double-tap the post or tap on the heart button underneath it, Instagram will send them a notification almost immediately. However, if you were to like and then unlike an Instagram post, would they still receive the notification?
In this article, we’ll discuss what happens when you accidentally like and then unlike an Instagram post. In addition, we’ll give you some tips on how to prevent this from happening.
Does Someone See if You Like and Unlike on Instagram?
It’s probably safe to say that everyone with an Instagram account has liked someone’s post by accident at least once. That’s because it’s incredibly easy to do: just tap on it. Accidental likes usually happen when you’re scrolling through your feed or when you want to zoom in on a photo. To like or “heart” an Instagram post, all you need to do is double-tap it or tap on the heart button under the post, and the person who made the post will be notified right away.
Accidentally liking someone’s post can be very embarrassing, especially if it’s a post that they uploaded three years ago, or if you were not supposed to be on their profile in the first place. It can be taken as a sign that you’ve been stalking their profile.
Fortunately, it’s equally easy to unlike someone’s Instagram post. You just need to tap on the heart button, which is now red, once again. Keep in mind that if you double-tap the same Instagram post twice, you won’t unlike it.
While your like will be immediately removed, will that person know that you liked their Instagram post, even if it was for only one second? It all depends on timing and this is why: If you like someone’s Instagram post, they will receive a notification. However, the moment you unlike the post, the notification will be removed. If the person whose post you accidentally liked was online right at that moment, they would see the notification. On the other hand, if they weren’t on their phone at that moment, the next time they open their Instagram, the notification won’t be there.
Naturally, the more time there is between the like and the unlike, the greater the chance of them seeing it. For example, if you liked someone’s Instagram post by accident, but didn’t realize it until five minutes later, you’re giving the other person a five-minute window to check their Instagram notifications. To increase your chances of going by unseen, it’s best to unlike the post as soon as possible.
These types of Instagram notifications are otherwise called push notifications. If the person whose photo you accidentally liked has their push notifications disabled, then you’re safe. This also depends on your luck. Accounts that have thousands of followers and get hundreds of likes and comments daily tend to have push notifications disabled to avoid constant distractions. But Instagram users with a smaller number of followers can choose to turn them off as well if they don’t like getting notifications.
If you’re wondering what would happen if you were to accidentally like someone’s Instagram post two times in a row (or even multiple times) and then unlike it, it would have the same result.
How Do I Prevent Accidental Likes on Instagram?
Other than being extremely careful, there is no definite way of preventing accidental likes on Instagram. However, if you want to view someone’s profile, and make sure you don’t accidentally like something, you can achieve this with Airplane Mode.
Be Careful When You Are Looking at Someone’s Instagram Post
Accidentally liking someone’s Instagram post can be very uncomfortable. No matter how much time passes between your liking and unliking the post, there’s always a small possibility of them seeing the notification. To avoid this, you can either block that user, temporarily disable your account, or turn on Airplane Mode when you want to see their post.
Have you ever accidentally liked and then unliked someone’s Instagram post before? What did you do? Let us know in the comments section below.