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How to Hide Your Likes on Twitter

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It is a common misconception that retweets are seen and likes are hidden on Twitter. However, that is not the case. In fact, Twitter displays all of your likes in its own individual tab for everyone to see. This may not bother some, but there are more and more people who have become uneasy with this feature, and in some cases, for good reason.

There is no direct way to ‘hide’ your likes from everybody. However, there is a couple things you can do to either limit the people who can see your likes, and/or completely remove your likes altogether. I will go over both techniques below.

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How to Hide Your Likes on Twitter

The two different ways people go about ‘hiding’ their likes is by limiting who can see their likes by switching their Twitter account to private and/or going through their likes and removing all the ones they are not comfortable with being seen by anyone.

Additionally, I will go over how to stop receiving notifications every time someone likes your tweet, if that is one of your concerns regarding this topic.

Private Account

To change your public Twitter account to private, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Twitter account.

  2. Step 2

    Tap the triple bar in the top left corner of your home screen.

  3. Step 3

    Tap ‘Settings and Privacy.’

  4. Step 4

    Tap ‘Privacy and Safety.’

  5. Step 5

    Tap the button to ‘Protect Your Tweets.’

Removing Likes

If changing your account to private still doesn’t give you ease of mind, you can always go through your liked tweets and remove the ones you don’t want your followers to see.

To remove previous likes on Twitter, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Twitter account.

  2. Step 2

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    Tap the triple bar in the top left corner of your screen.

  3. Step 3

    Tap your profile picture to enter your profile page.

  4. Step 4

    Tap your ‘Likes.’

  5. Step 5

    Scroll down to the posts you no longer want to like and tap the heart icon to remove it from your like page.

Notifications

If receiving notifications whenever someone likes a tweet is bothering you, there is an option to keep those notifications from constantly badgering you.

  1. Step 1

    Log into your Twitter account.

  2. Step 2

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    Tap the triple bar in the top left corner of your screen.

  3. Step 3

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    Tap ‘Settings and Privacy.’

  4. Step 4

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    Tap ‘Notifications.’

  5. Step 5

    Tap ‘Likes.’

  6. Step 6

    Switch ‘Likes’ from ‘Tailored for you’ to ‘Off.’

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Reasons to Hide Your Likes on Twitter

There are two main reasons why you should consider hiding your likes on Twitter especially if you are striving to build a strong following.

  1. 1. Notifications

    There are two concerns with notifications to keep in mind:

    First, the person who posted or retweeted the tweet you’re ‘liking’ will receive a notification that you liked their tweet. This usually isn’t too much of a concern, unless you are scrolling down the history of their page and like something they posted several months or several years ago. Unless you guys are super close friends with an understanding like that, it may concern them and/or creep them out a little bit.

    Second, sometimes you receive notifications of a tweet if multiple people you follow like a tweet, even if you didn’t like it yourself. So flip it around to regarding yourself now. If you are liking a tweet assuming a friend would never find out about it cause they don’t run in your same circles, if enough of their friends like the same tweet you did, they may still receive a notification that you liked it.

  2. 2. History

    There is a ‘Like’ tab where anyone can scroll through and see anything you’ve ever liked. People’s values change all the time, and what you might have found important to you five years ago, may not be anymore. Likewise, you may have completely changed your view on an issue, and/or it is no longer socially acceptable to talk about certain topics in certain ways anymore whether that be political, religious, etc.

    If you leave your ‘Likes’ unchecked, it could come back to haunt you if any of your friends, family, and or fans if your famous enough scroll thorough your like history and find some of the horrors you liked five years ago. Many celebrities, political figures, or public figures in general have been burned this way and completely lost their rapport.

Hiding your likes and being careful about what you like is a very proactive and wise thing to do when you have or want to have a large, successful Twitter account. It would also be a good idea to occasionally go through your likes and weed out any of the ones you no longer want to be seen or may rub some people the wrong way. Things are always changing, and it can be very difficult for you and your rapport to have something drug out in front of you from a long time ago that you may or may not still stand with or agree with today.