How To Hide Likes On Twitter

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How To Hide Likes On Twitter

You may not want everyone, or even anyone at all to see the things you have liked on Twitter, and you may be looking for ways to hide your likes from everyone or just certain people. As such, you may want to restrict who gets to view your Likes tab or column on your Twitter profile.

In this article, we are going to explore if it’s possible to hide your likes on Twitter, and how to go about restricting access to your likes tab on your Twitter profile.

Can You Hide Likes On Twitter?

Yes. However, it is not as straightforward as enabling it through a setting. There is no setting, feature, or third-party app integration that allows you to directly and exclusively hide your Likes or Likes tab on Twitter.

However, there are changes you can make on your account that will help you hide your Likes from some people or everyone. However, there will always be a catch to whatever method you use.

Before going into how to hide your Likes on Twitter, it is important to first understand how Likes actually work on the platform.

1. When you like a tweet, the original author of the tweet will be notified. There is absolutely no way to prevent this

2, The tweet you liked is also certain to appear on the Home timeline of your followers, with a note stating that you liked the tweet, unless they hide this feature themselves.

They can do this by clicking on I Don’t Like This or Not Interested on your liked tweets a few times to hide your liked tweets from their timeline. Other than that, be sure that the tweets you liked will show up on their timelines

Now that you understand the fundamentals of how Likes work on Twitter, it will help you to know what is possible and what’s not possible when it comes to hiding your Likes on Twitter.

How to Hide Likes on Twitter

Again, we would like to reiterate that there is no straight way to hide Likes on your Twitter page. You can only make some changes to your account to achieve this, and these changes each have consequences to your account. It is now up to you to decide how much you are willing to give up in order to hide your Likes on Twitter.

1. Block Whomever You Don’t Want to See It

The first workaround to consider is to block the people you don’t want to view your Likes. You see, as long as a user has access to your Twitter profile, they will see all the tweets you liked on your Liked tab. If you block them, they will no longer be able to see the tweets that you liked…or anything about you for that matter including your tweets and mentions.

However, this may be a bit extreme. Here are the key consequences of blocking profiles on Twitter:

  • Accounts you block can no longer follow you and you can no longer follow them until you unblock them. When you unblock them, your following is not restored. You would have to follow each other afresh.
  • If the person you blocked visits your profile, they can tell that you have blocked them.
  • Even though blocked accounts cannot see your tweets when logged in, they can see your tweets when viewing your page as a guest (not logged in to Twitter)
  • If you are looking to hide your likes from several users, you would have to block them one after the other. This can be quite tedious.

All in all, blocking whomever you don’t want to see your Likes is probably the workaround with the least consequences when trying to restrict who views your Likes on Twitter.

If you decide to use this option, follow the steps below to block someone on Twitter:

1. Go to the profile page of the account you want to block

2. Click on the More icon (3 horizontal dots)

3. Select Block from the options

4. Select Block again to confirm

Or

1. Click the dropdown arrow from any of their tweets and select Block

2. Then select Block again to confirm

Once the person is blocked, they will no longer be able to see your Likes.

You may change your mind in the future about some of the people you have blocked, in which case you may want to unblock them. To unblock a user, follow the steps below:

1. Click on the Home tab at the bottom left of your Twitter page

2. Click on your profile icon or avatar

3. Select Settings and Privacy (on your PC, you may have to click on More first, before Setting and Privacy)

4. Select Content Preferences

5. Then select Blocked Accounts at the bottom of the page

6. On the page that opens, click on Blocked next to the name of the profile you want to unblock. The user gets unblocked immediately.

2. Make Your Account Private

The second workaround to try is to make your Twitter account private. When you make your account private, your profile is only visible to Twitter users who follow you. Users who do not follow you will not be able to see your Likes tab or have you show up in their timeline when you like a tweet.

Furthermore, unlike with blocking an account, users who are not logged in to Twitter cannot view your account either.

Making your account private, therefore, means that anyone who does not follow you cannot view your tweets, likes, and profile. And for anyone to follow you, you would have to manually approve their follow request, giving you greater control over who has access to your content.

However, there are a few things to note:

  • Accounts that were following you before you made your Twitter account private are still able to see your profile, tweets and likes. So, if you are looking to hide your Likes from someone who already follows you by going private, this will not work.
  • If you use Twitter for commercial or professional purposes, making your account private may not be a great idea. You want to be visible to, and attract interest from as many people as possible. So, if you make your account private, people will not see what you’re about unless they follow you.

Having said that, if you want to go ahead and make your Twitter account private, then follow the steps below:

On PC:

1. Go to twitter.com and log in

2. On the left side of the screen, you will see a list of options. Select Notifications

3. On the Notifications menu, check the box next to Protect Your Tweets

4. Then click on Protect to confirm the action

5. Then click on Save Changes at the bottom of the page

On Mobile:

1. Launch the Twitter app on your phone

2. Select Settings at the top of the screen. This is the gear icon

3. Select Privacy and Safety

4. Toggle to turn on Protect Your Tweets

5. Then select Done to complete the process

3. Unlike Some or All Tweets

Unliking tweets can be a nightmare of a chore, but it is a good option if you neither want to block some people nor make your account private. There is a little price to pay except the amount of work it requires unlike all the tweets that you do not want to be associated with.

When you unlike a tweet, you are no longer associated with it in any way. The tweet also does not show up on the timeline of your followers as a post you liked.

The great thing is that there is a Liked tab that lists all the tweets you have liked. So, finding the ones that you want to unlike is much easier.

You can decide to unlike select tweets that you no longer want to be associated with, but this may be tedious. The other option is to unlike all tweets you have ever liked and then start afresh with a clean slate.

To unlike all tweets:

1. Go to a computer and sign in at twitter.com

2. Select Profile on the left-hand side of the page

3. On the Profile page, click on the Likes tab

4. Now, open a new tab on your browser and go to this GitHub page – geni.us/unlike

5. Copy the line of code on the page. It should look something like this

setInterval(() => {
for (const d of document.querySelectorAll(‘div[data-testid=”unlike”]’)) {
d.click()
}
window.scrollTo(0, document.body.scrollHeight)
}, 1000)

1. Go back to the Likes page on Twitter

2. Click on the Menu option on your Chrome, Edge, or Brave browser (this is the 3 dots or lines at the top of the browser)

3. Select More Tools

4. Then select Developer Tools

5. On the Developer Tools window, click on the Console tab

6. Then scroll down through all the lines of code to the last empty line. The cursor should be blinking on this line

7. Paste that line of code you copied from GitHub into the space and then click Enter

8. All your likes will be removed one after the other

9. Please make sure that you only do this while staying on the Likes tab on Twitter, else it will not work

If you only need to remove some likes and not all, you would have to go through them individually and click the Like button on them to unlike them.

4. Only Like Tweets On Your Burner Account

Alternatively, you could create a burner Twitter account where do you not have any meaningful personal information on your profile. You can use such an account to express yourself more freely like tweeting, retweeting, liking, and following posts and accounts that you would not normally want to be publicly associated with.

The key thing here is to ensure that there is no information on your profile that leads back to you. So, you can decide not to like any Tweets on your standard account, or to be extra careful about the tweets you like. While, on your burner account, you can like whatever tweets you choose.

One good thing is that it is no longer difficult to use more than one Twitter account on the same phone. You could simply enable dual apps for Twitter to have 2 instances of the Twitter app on your phone, one for each account.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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