Do you measure a Facebook post’s quality not by how many likes (reactions) it receives but the post’s actual impact on people? If so, you can get rid of the like counts in your Facebook news feed. We’ll show you how.
Like counts have the potential to negatively affect your mental health. You can hide like counts individually for your own posts and for posts from other users. Know, however, that while like counts will disappear from your feed, Facebook continues to show them in places like Marketplace and reels.
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On a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, you can use Facebook’s web version to hide like counts in your account.
To do so, launch a web browser on your computer and head over to Facebook. Log in to your Facebook account if you haven’t already done so.
On the Facebook site, at the top-right corner, click the down-arrow icon.
From the menu that opens after clicking the down-arrow icon, select “Settings & Privacy.”
From the expanded “Settings & Privacy” menu, select “News Feed Preferences.”
You’ll see a “News Feed Preferences” window. At the bottom of this window, click the “Reaction Preferences” option.
Facebook will open a “Reaction Preferences” window.
In this window, to hide like counts for posts from other users, toggle on the “On Posts from Others” option. To hide like counts for your own posts, enable the “On Your Posts” option.
Facebook will immediately hide the specified like counts in your account. Close the “Reaction Preferences” window by clicking “X” at the top-right corner of the window.
When you browse your Facebook news feed, the posts without a like count will look something like this:
And that’s how you save yourself from feeling manipulated by like counts on Facebook!
If you ever need to re-enable the like counts, open the same “Reaction Preferences” window. In the window, toggle off both “On Posts from Others” and “On Your Posts” options.
Facebook will start showing the like counts in your account.
If you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Facebook mobile app to hide (or show) like counts. Open the app on your phone and log in to your account if you aren’t already.
In the Facebook app, open the “Menu” screen. To do this, on an iPhone or iPad, tap the three horizontal lines at the bottom of the app. On an Android phone, tap the three horizontal lines at the top-right corner of the app.
On the “Menu” page that opens, scroll all the way down and tap “Settings & Privacy.”
From the expanded “Settings & Privacy” menu, select “Settings.”
On the “Settings” screen, scroll down to the “News Feed Settings” section. Here, tap “Reaction Preferences.”
Facebook will open the “Reaction Preferences” page. On this page, to hide like counts for posts from other users, enable the “On Posts from Others” option. To hide like counts from your own posts, toggle on the “On Your Posts” option.
And like counts are now disabled in your Facebook account.
To get those counts back in the future, access the same “Reaction Preferences” page in the Facebook app. Then turn off both “On Posts from Others” and “On Your Posts” options.
And that’s all there is to it. It makes sense to hide like (reaction) counts if you don’t find them useful and/or you don’t rely on them to judge any posts.
Did you know you can hide (or show) like counts on Instagram, too?