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How to Delete and Remove All Likes on Instagram

Posted by Robert Hayes on September 9, 2019

Instagram is one of the most wildly popular social media sites around, with people using it to do everything from posting pictures of themselves with their pets, to running multi-million dollar PR and marketing businesses via the app. One of the app’s most fundamental features is the ability of users to “like” images and stories that appeal to them, giving those posts greater credibility on the site and boosting the egos of their recipients’ egos, if nothing else. 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 the 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 lots of them), it’s not so easy to accomplish. Unliking is usually a tedious process of going through posts one by one and unliking them, but there are some apps that can speed it up. In this article, I’ll show you how to speed up the unliking process.

How to remove likes manually on the Instagram app

For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ve used the iOS version of the Instagram app. The steps are pretty similar on Android, so you shouldn’t have any problems navigating to the right place.

1. Launch the Instagram App

Tap on the app to open and hit your profile photo at the bottom right of the screen.

2. Select the “Hamburger” Icon

Open the menu by tapping on the “hamburger” / three-dot icon at the top right.

3. Access Settings

The Settings option is at the bottom of the menu. Hit it to get more actions.

4. Tap on Account

The Account menu features all of your recent activities and some account settings. Select Posts You’ve Liked to preview all your likes.

5. Select the Posts to Unlike

Swipe through the liked posts and unlike each one by tapping on the “heart” icon under the post. This process can be quite time-consuming. Like all other social media apps, Instagram does not have a native provision for unliking in bulk.

Tip: Select to preview all the liked posts one by one, instead of in a row of three. This might speed up the unliking process a little.

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 that 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.

1. Go to Instagram

Access Instagram in your browser and log in.

2. Select the Profile Icon

Go to your Instagram profile page by clicking on the profile icon at the top right.

3. Click on the Saved Tab

The Saved tap gives you an option 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.

4. Unsave the Post

Browse the saved posts and click on the ribbon under the comments to unsave it. Again, you need to repeat the process for each individual post you wish to remove.

The limitations on third-party apps

Before we get into a full-on discussion of the 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 which uses its API to make some things more efficient, but it frowns on users automating their accounts entirely. They want human users doing human things, not bots running programs, and an app that just cleans out your likes (or anything else in your account) rubs 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.

Third-Party Apps

The only way to efficiently delete all your likes (or do a number of other tasks in 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.

FollowingLike

FollowingLike is a social media management tool that lets you administer literally 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 – you’ll get immediately banned by Instagram. 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 in 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.

The Final Like

Removing likes on Instagram is not that difficult if you are patient enough and if you use the right tool. However, you have to keep track of how fast you are unliking things, to protect your account from being blocked.

Have other Instagram tips? Please, share them with us in the comments section!

One thought on “How to Delete and Remove All Likes on Instagram”

Tine says:
Hi, do the suggested methods apply to photos that are from a private Instagram account?
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