How to Delete and Remove All Likes on Instagram
Instagram has become one of the most popular and influential social media platforms. People from different walks of life use it for varying purposes. Some use Instagram as a personal account where they can post photos and videos of their adventures, special events, or even simple daily moments. Some users also make use of the platform to run small businesses and even multi-billion-dollar businesses. It provides a perfect avenue for businesses to advertise their products and services to more than a billion Instagram users.
Likes are crucial in boosting one’s popularity and credibility on Instagram. The more likes your posts garner, the more you can gain avid followers. In fact, “likes” have become so important to the Instagram economy that some users even pay third-party services to produce astroturfed “like” campaigns and give them some (fake) popularity.
However, not every opinion stays the same over time, and there are reasons that an Instagram user might decide that liking a particular post or snap was an error. Both regular users and powerful “influencers” might find themselves needing to remove their likes once in a while.
Unfortunately, if a user wants to remove ALL of their likes (or even just a lot of them), it’s not so easy to accomplish. Unliking is usually a tedious process of going through posts one by one, but there are some apps that can speed it up. This article will give you a walkthrough on how to speed up the unliking process.
How to Delete and Remove All Likes on Instagram
Instagram doesn’t have an “Unlike Everything” button, so we’ll need to take a few extra steps to remove all likes for the entire account. Fortunately, the developers have given us a way to remove all likes. Although this process might be time-consuming if you’ve liked a lot of posts, it is an effective method.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ve used the iOS version of the Instagram app. The steps are pretty much similar on Android, so you shouldn’t have any problems navigating the app.
Here’s how to remove all likes on Instagram:
- Launch Instagram and tap on your Profile icon in the lower right corner.
- Tap on the three lines in the upper right corner.
- Tap on Activity.
- Tap Interactions.
- Tap Likes.
- Use the Filters option to narrow down the posts you want to unlike. Or, skip this step if you want to unlike all of them.
- Long-press the first post you want to unlike. Then, tap the bubbles on each one.
- Tap Unlike # at the bottom.
This method is the safest and most effective way to remove all likes on Instagram. But it can take a lot of time to clear everything. We do have some other solutions too.
What Can You Do on Desktop Instagram?
Instagram is a smartphone app-driven social media, so there are some limitations on what you can do on a desktop. There is no option to preview posts you’ve liked, and you cannot upload pictures. However, what you can do is remove posts from your Saved list.
Saving a post is not exactly the same as liking it, but it wouldn’t hurt to know how to unsave Instagram posts on a desktop.
- Go to Instagram
Access Instagram in your browser and log in.
- Select the Profile Icon
Go to your Instagram profile page by clicking on the profile icon at the top right corner.
- Click on the “Saved” tab.
The Saved tap allows you to preview and unsave the posts on your profile. If you’ve also liked the post, you can click on the “heart” icon to unlike it.
- Unsave the Posts
Browse the saved posts and click on the ribbon under the comments to unsave them. Again, you need to repeat the process for each individual post you wish to remove.
Third-Party Apps to Remove Likes on Instagram
The only way to efficiently delete all your likes (or do many other tasks on Instagram) is to use a third-party app to manage your account. Besides removing all the likes in one go, these apps also offer other features that might be worth your attention. They are essentially designed as social media management tools, so feel free to check them out.
The limitations of third-party apps
Before we get into a full-on discussion of third-party apps, let’s answer a question. Since Instagram publishes an application programming interface (API), meaning that people can write applications that interface directly with the Instagram service, how come there isn’t an instantaneous method to just wipe out all your likes in one swoop?
The answer is that there could be, but nobody could run it. The problem is that Instagram doesn’t mind if you use a third-party app that uses its API to make some things more efficient, but it frowns on users automating their accounts entirely.
They want human users to do human things, not bots running programs, and an app that just cleans out your likes (or anything else in your account) might rub them the wrong way. Running an app that will wipe out your likes all at once is an excellent way to accidentally get yourself banned from the platform altogether.
So the apps we’re going to discuss will let you get rid of your likes but will require you to do it fairly slowly (albeit automatically) so that Instagram won’t flip its wig and ban you for using automation tools. The general consensus in the user community is that you can do about 300 unlikes a day without triggering the algorithms.
FollowingLike is a social media management tool that lets you administer thousands of social media accounts. It’s a must-have for a serious Instagram influencer or anyone running multiple accounts. FollowingLike is a paid app; the one-account version is $97 and runs on both Windows (XP or higher) and Mac OS. FollowingLike has a huge array of features; unliking posts is just one of the many things it can do.
Although the app will allow you to wipe out all your likes at once, this is a really terrible idea. Doing so will get your Instagram account immediately banned. Instead, you can create a custom unliking schedule that lets you unlike a few posts at a time over a longer period of time, which will get past the Instagram behavior-monitoring algorithms by making it look like you’re really sitting at your computer for 12 hours hitting “unlike” one post at a time. You can let your schedule run on autopilot and take care of all your unliking needs in just a few days.
Cleaner for IG
Unlike FollowingLike, Cleaner for IG (iOS only) is free in the basic package, and you can get an upgraded professional version for a small fee; there is also a cloud upgrade as well. The app has a really nice user interface which makes it easy to use and navigate.
It allows you to unlike Instagram posts in bulk with a few taps. In addition, you can also block and unfollow users in bulk – very handy Instagram account management features. One caveat – users have reported that Cleaner for IG doesn’t scale well, and if you have an account with tens of thousands of followers, it will become very sluggish and difficult to use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to more questions you may have about managing your Instagram account.
Can I mass-unfollow people on Instagram?
How do I see my past comments?
If you want to find a comment you’ve posted, follow the steps above to access Your Activity settings. Then, tap Comments. You can use the filter option to narrow down the search results and find the comment that interests you.
No Likes for You
Removing all your past likes can be time-consuming but depending on your goals for your account, it is achievable. Unfortunately, Meta, like most social media platforms, isn’t too fond of people removing all of their previous interactions. But, there are ways to get the job done.
Have you removed all your Likes on Instagram? Let us know how it works for you in the comments below!