If You Unlike a Tweet Does the Notification Go Away

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If You Unlike a Tweet Does the Notification Go Away

If you’re stalking someone on Twitter, this may be an ex that you can leave alone or someone you admire. Chances are that you will be on their Twitter profile a lot and might accidentally like something you didn’t need to. If this is case, you can find out what will happen below.

If You Unlike a Twitter Does The Notification Go Away?

In their notification bar, the notification disappears once you unlike the Twitter. It used to be that when you liked something and unliked it, the notification stayed on their phone but disappeared on the app.

But recently the notification on their phone disappears when you unlike a Twitter, but it doesn’t disappear in their Twitter notifications section so they’ll see that you’ve liked it even though you’ve unliked it.

If there is a glitch in their notifications section, this can cause the notification to stay there longer than usual which will allow them to see that you initially liked their tweet.

Another thing that can affect this is whether they have their notifications disabled for Twitter or not. If they have their notifications disabled, then when you unlike it, even if they’re on their phone, they’re not going to see if you like it because their notifications are disabled.

They are able to turn off their notifications via the settings app and the Twitter app itself. The downside of this is that you won’t know if they did this so you can’t really use it as reassurance for them not finding out that you liked their tweet.

What Happens If You Like and Then Unlike a Tweet on Twitter?

When you’re on someone’s profile stalking them, or you may see their tweets on your feed, then accidentally like one of their tweets is inevitable. This can be embarrassing especially if you’re far down on their profile and you accidentally like something from weeks ago.

To save yourself from the embarrassment, you unlike the tweet in the hopes that they don’t find out. If you’re worried about whether they’ll be able to tell you liked their tweet, then it depends.

If you like and unlike someone’s tweet on Twitter, chances are they will know you’ve done so. Depending on how quickly you unliked, they may not receive a notification on their phone.

However, if they’re active on their phone and you took too long to unlike, then they are likely to receive a notification and see it. But, if they go to the app and check their notifications, your name will be there even if you unliked it.

If you’re using Twitter on your PC, then it’s going to be harder to unlike a tweet that you just liked because you’ll have to click the heart button again with your mouse.

1. Were They Using Their Phone

If they’re not using their device during the time you liked and unliked their tweet, then the notification from their device as soon as you unlike it.

Even if they go to their Twitter notifications, they won’t be able to see that you’ve liked their post because the notification gets deleted as soon as you unlike it.

There’s no way to tell if someone was using their phone when you liked then unliked their tweet which is why it’s hard to use this as reassurance for them not finding out.

You can use other apps like WhatsApp and Facebook to see if they’re active now and are currently using their phones. This will let you know if they were using their phones when you accidentally like their tweet. 

2. Your Likes Might Be Clumped In With The Rest

If you accidentally liked their tweet, chances are their tweet was trending on the feed which means that a bunch of other people are liking it and interacting with it.

There’s a chance that your username is clumped in with a bunch of other people who liked it. Because of this, they won’t actually see that you liked it unless they expand the list of other people who liked it.

Fortunately, Twitter isn’t like Instagram where people usually know the people who like their posts so it’s intriguing for them to check. But with Twitter, if someone’s tweet is trending, the likes mainly comprise of people they don’t know which means they’re less likely to care about who’s liking their tweets to check. If this is the case, then they probably haven’t seen that you’ve liked it.

3. If You Do It Fast Enough, The Like Won’t Be Registered

When you unlike the tweet, it may have been done so fast that the like wasn’t registered in the first place. It usually takes seconds for Twitter to register that something has been liked and then send a notification to the creator to let them know.

If you unlike quickly enough, enough time wouldn’t have passed for Twitter to process the like and send the user a notification. But, even if you unlike it quickly if they check their notification section in Twitter, they’ll be able to see that you’ve liked their Twitter.

If you’re in a position where you only found out that you liked their tweet a long time after you liked it, then this certainly won’t be the situation for you.

4. Are They Famous on Twitter?

If they’re famous on Twitter, then the less you have to worry about. Famous creators get tons of notifications so the last thing that you should be worried about is them knowing that you liked their tweet accidentally.

They don’t even have to be famous, if they put out lots of content regularly and they get quite a bit of engagement, they’re constantly receiving notifications and in the event that you accidentally liked their tweet, chances of them knowing is pretty much impossible.

What to Do After Accidentally Liking Then Unliking A Tweet on Twitter

Knowing what to do after accidentally liking someone’s tweet on Twitter is crucial because this can make or break whether they get that notification or if they know that you liked then unliked their tweet.

Tip: If you are on someone’s profile, looking through their tweets, then you can put your phone or airplane mode to cover your tracks. Before you do this, make sure to load up all of your content using Wi-Fi or data. Once it’s loaded, put your phone in airplane mode.

If you accidentally like something, it won’t be registered before your phone wasn’t connected to the internet. If you do accidentally like someone, take your phone off airplane mode and refresh their profile – you’ll see that the like wasn’t registered.

Blocking Them

If you’re wondering if you should block someone after you like then unlike their tweet, this is pretty unnecessary and it can make you look even worse in most cases. Let me explain a scenario, let’s say that you like then unlike someone tweet, and they’re on their phone. They going to get a notification if you didn’t unlike to fast enough.

Let’s say that they see that notification come up on their phone so they open Twitter to see what tweet it is but there’s no notification because you unliked it – this will already look weird and they can probably tell it was an accident.

Now let’s say that they saw the notification, went to your Twitter, and saw that you blocked them – this is going to make you look even worse. The best thing to do after liking a tweet accidentally is to unlike it.

Disabling Your Account

Again, disabling your account after accidentally liking a post is unnecessary. Once you like and unlike fast enough, they’re not going to see a notification. Whether they saw that you liked their tweet or they didn’t, disabling your account is just an extra step that doesn’t need to be taken.

Nothing

Since the like won’t show up when you accidentally like someone’s tweet, you don’t have to do anything to stop them from seeing that you liked it.

The only occasion that you should be worried about them seeing it is if you took a long time to unlike the tweet. If you unlike straight away, then you don’t have to worry about the notification showing up.

But if you took a long time, then it means that they’ve already seen the like and there’s no point in you doing anything.

Even doing things like blocking them is useless because they’ll know that you only did it because you were embarrassed about them knowing that you liked it.

Delete Your Profile Picture and Change Your Name

As soon as you like something then unlike it, you can change your profile picture and username to something anonymous so that the creator doesn’t suspect that it was you who liked it.

This means that you’ll be able to lurk through Twitter without the that someone you know will find out that you were stalking them.

How to Stop Accidentally Liking Tweets on Twitter?

Rather than someone being notified that you liked then unliked their tweet, you can prevent this from happening in the first place. There are a few ways that you can use Twitter which will prevent you from making such a mistake.

Don’t Scroll Near The Like Button

One way that you can like a tweet is by clicking the like button on the right of the Twitter tweet. To stop yourself from liking it by accident, when scrolling, you need to stay away from the like button.

The middle or left lane of the tweet is the best way to scroll from although it might feel more natural to use the right lane. If you want to follow someone or check the Twitter comments, then you need to be extra careful to make sure that you don’t click the like button.

Airplane Mode

Another way to watch Twitters without accidentally liking them is by putting your phone on Airplane mode. When your phone is on airplane mode, your device won’t be connected to the internet, so Twitter won’t be able to register that you’ve liked someone’s tweet.

For this to work, you need to make sure that you’ve loaded all of the tweets on your feed before you put your device in Airplane mode.

Once the Twitter you want to watch has loaded up, then you need to put your phone on airplane mode, watch it, look at the comments and share it.

All putting your phone on Airplane mode does is stop the like from processing in the case that you do accidentally like it.

After watching the tweets you want to watch without them knowing, you can now turn your phone off airplane mode and the person won’t be able to tell that you liked their tweet if you did accidentally like it.

Use Another Account

If you have a burner account that has no traces to your identity, you can use this to watch Twitter tweets and they’ll never be able to tell it was you that accidentally liked their tweet.

If their account is public, then using your burner account is easy and you’ll be able to view their tweets anytime. But if their account is private, then you’ll have to follow them and be accepted in order to view their Tweets anonymously.

The key to this is that there can be absolutely nothing that links both your personal account and this burner account unless they could suspect that you’re the person behind the account.

Another thing to realize here is that if they don’t have that many followers and they notice an unknown burner account is watching their stories without following them, this can lead them to block since they know that someone is stalking them.

Use Twitter On Your Laptop

Using Twitter on your laptop will make the chances of you liking a tweet accidentally a lot smaller. Because you’re not using your fingers, you’re not going to be accidentally double-tapping to click the heart.

Of course, using Twitter on your laptop won’t provide you with the best user experience but it’ll alleviate your fears.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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