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Instagram has been testing a hidden like feature for over a year now, with tests that began in Canada as early as May 2019. The company then gradually extended the trial to more countries before became global in November .
The move hides "as" counts on selected accounts so that their followers can't see how many people like a picture or video. There is no way to report or cancel the test – if Instagram chooses your account, it looks like it will be affected as long as the test is in progress.
Instagram says it is testing this feature to try to remove the "pressure" of publishing content to likes, putting user focus back on the images themselves rather than theirs perceived popularity. This seems to be the company's way of trying to fight the negative aspects of the platform, as studies have linked Instagram to mental health problems.
However, the move – predictably – has encountered a certain backlash. Likes and Followers are Instagram's currency and some users trust the public "Likes" screen for business purposes. So for those of you who follow all the accounts affected by this – and yet want to see how many people like their posts – we have found a solution.
How to look hidden like on Instagram
The solution is deceptively simple and requires no further downloads or software, just access to a browser. Instead of seeing a post with hidden likes in the Instagram app, you just have to see it in a browser – mobile or PC. Check out the step-by-step instructions below to see exactly how to do it.
- Go to Instagram.com in a browser on your mobile device or PC.
- Start browsing – you should be able to see similar bills on all Instagram posts.
We have had success with this method in Australia, and I suspect it will apply in other regions as well. Let us know in the comments if it worked for you.