Instagram feeds change fast, causing the posts you liked to quickly disappear when you reopen the app. As a result, revisiting a specific post takes time, and it’s often an impossible feat. The matters become even more complicated when you don’t know who the original creator was.
Luckily, Instagram has a history feature that allows you to view the last 300 posts you’ve liked. It’s pretty easy to access, but if you’re not sure where to go, make sure to try out our guide!
To view your recently liked posts, take the following steps:
- Open the Instagram app;
- Tap on your icon in the bottom right corner to access your profile;
- Press the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner, and a new menu will appear;
- Choose Your activity, the second option on the list;
- On the new page that opens, click on the Interactions tab;
- The next menu will allow you to look at Comments, Likes, Story Replies, or Reviews;
- Tap on Likes, and you’ll see thumbnails of all the posts you liked recently, sorted from the newest to oldest.
Once you’re here, all you have to do is scroll until you find the post you were looking for. Then, just tap the thumbnail and interact with the post any way you like. It’s as easy as that!
Although your liked posts are initially sorted from newest to oldest, you can adjust their order to make it easier to find the desired post. First off, tap the Sort & Filter button in the top right corner to select how the posts should be ordered. Then, you will see several available filtering options, including:
- Sort by: Select whether the posts should be ordered from newest to oldest or from oldest to most recent;
- Author: View liked posts made only by the selected creator(s);
- Start Date: When you choose the start date, only posts made after that date will be displayed;
- End Date: Picking the end date shows only posts made before that date.
Once you’ve selected your filter, tap Apply to narrow down your search. If you want to return to the default ordering of liked posts, go back to the Sort & Filter tab and press the Reset button in the top right corner. Then, tap Apply once again.
The liked posts archive gives you yet another option you might find useful – unliking many posts at once. To do that, tap Select in the upper right corner of the screen and click on all the posts you want to unlike. Alternatively, you may tap and hold one post to enter the selecting mode. Once you’ve checkmarked all desired posts, press the Unlike button at the bottom of the screen.
In the past, Instagram offered a feature allowing users to see the posts that the creators they follow interacted with. However, that option has been removed, and the only way to view your friends’ liked Instagram posts is to search manually. For instance, you could browse through their Following tab, find a specific user, and then go through their posts to see if they’ve been liked by your friend. However, this approach takes time, and it’s far from intuitive.
So, unless Instagram reintroduces its Following Activity tab in the future, your friends’ liked posts will remain a mystery. On the other hand, though, no one else can view your likes either. For some, this can offer some much-needed freedom and privacy.