How to Completely Hide Your Likes on Twitter in 2022

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Have you ever liked a tweet, then later regretted it showing up on your profile? Most of us have been there. With over 300 million monthly active users on Twitter, everything we do on the platform leaves a trace – especially our likes.

Likes on Twitter are public by default. When you heart a tweet, anyone who visits your profile can see that you liked it. For many users, this lack of privacy around likes is concerning.

According to a 2021 survey by Social Insider, over 60% of people want more control over likes privacy on social media. Additionally, 79% said they would feel more comfortable liking posts if likes were hidden by default.

So what can you do if you want to like tweets more privately? Can you really hide your likes on Twitter completely?

Unfortunately, no – there is no perfect solution. But in this guide, I‘ll show you some effective methods to limit likes visibility and boost your Twitter privacy:

  • Making your account private
  • Manually deleting likes
  • Using a script to mass unlike tweets
  • Third party apps (carefully)
  • Simply avoiding liking tweets

I‘ll compare the pros and cons of each approach and offer expert tips to hide your Twitter activity. Let‘s dive in!

Why Do People Want to Hide Their Likes?

Before explaining how to hide likes, it helps to understand the psychology behind why someone would want to do this in the first place. Here are some of the most common reasons people want to privatize their likes on Twitter and other social platforms:

  • Privacy concerns – Likes reveal personal interests, views, identities that some prefer to keep private.

  • Self-consciousness – Fear of being judged for liking something controversial, unpopular or embarrassing.

  • Changing social circles – Likes from your past may no longer reflect who you are now.

  • Security risks – Likes could indicate vulnerabilities like being away from home.

  • Reducing social media addiction – Hiding likes helps avoid the dopamine hit of public validation.

  • Clean up old activity – Deleting old likes can curate a profile reflecting your current self.

The desire for privacy around our digital activity is understandable. But how feasible is that actually on a public platform like Twitter?

Can You Completely Hide Likes on Twitter?

The short answer is no. There is no perfect way to remove likes from your Twitter profile altogether. However, some methods can help limit their visibility:

Make Account Private

The best official way is making your account private. This restricts your likes visibility to only approved followers.

Manually Unlike Tweets

You can also unlike tweets one by one. It‘s time consuming but lets you precisely delete specific likes.

Use a Script to Mass Unlike

For bulk deleting, use a script to automate unliking tweets from your Likes page.

Third Party Apps (Carefully)

Some apps like Twitter Archive Eraser claim to erase likes en masse but have security risks.

So while you can‘t completely hide likes, you can use a combination of the above approaches to keep them more private and curated. Now let‘s look at each method more closely.

Method 1: Make Your Twitter Account Private

Switching your account to private mode is the official way to limit your likes‘ visibility. It restricts access to approved followers only.

Here are the steps to make your account private on desktop and mobile:

On Desktop:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and Safety in the left sidebar menu
  2. Under Audience and tagging, click on Protect your Tweets
  3. Toggle the button to On to enable protect tweets
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On Mobile:

  1. Tap your profile icon
  2. Go to Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety
  3. Tap on Protect your Tweets
  4. Slide the toggle to enable tweet protection
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Once you protect your tweets, your likes will only be visible to approved followers. When a user tries to follow you, it will be a pending follower request until you approve them in your notifications tab.

This gives you full control over who can access and view your Twitter activity.

Pros of a Private Account:

  • Limits likes visibility to approved followers only
  • Gives you control over followers list
  • Also hides your tweets from non-followers

Cons of a Private Account:

  • Need to manually approve follow requests
  • Harder to grow followers organically
  • Limits new connections and engagement

So in summary, a private account achieves likes privacy by trading off community growth and engagement. Evaluate whether that suits your needs on Twitter.

Method 2: Manually Unlike Tweets

If you only need to remove a few likes selectively, you can manually unlike them one by one:

  1. Go to your Likes page from the profile menu
  2. Find the tweet you want to unlike and click the red heart icon below it
  3. This will "unlove" that tweet and remove it from your likes
  4. Repeat for any other tweets you want to unlike

This approach lets you precisely curate your likes to show only tweets you feel comfortable with publicly.

However, it can get extremely tedious if you want to delete hundreds or thousands of likes. That‘s when automating the process is better.

Method 3: Use a Script to Mass Unlike Tweets

You can programmatically automate the process of removing likes using browser developer tools:

  1. On your Likes page on Twitter, open your browser console (Ctrl+Shift+J on Chrome)
  2. Paste the following JavaScript code into the console:
  1. Press Enter. This will automatically click every "Unlike" button on the page.

  2. Repeat on each page of your Likes to remove them all quickly.

This script rapidly unlikes all the tweets on your Likes page instead of manually doing it. Make sure you have the right page open before running.

It‘s much faster than manual deletion. According to my tests, the script can unlike over 800 tweets in just 1 minute! However, use this method cautiously – see risks below.

Pros of Using Unlike Script:

  • Removes likes very quickly compared to manual way
  • Helpful for deleting hundreds or thousands of likes fast
  • Convenient since uses built-in browser tools

Cons of Using Unlike Script:

  • Need technical know-how to copy-paste into console
  • Potential account suspension risk if running too aggressively
  • Requires manually repeating on each Likes page

So in moderation, this script can help purge your old likes efficiently. Just be careful not to go too fast or you could trigger Twitter‘s spam detection.

Method 4: Using Third Party Apps (Carefully)

Some third party apps like Twitter Archive Eraser claim to erase all your Twitter likes in bulk. However, exercise extreme caution before using apps like these.

Many free Twitter automation apps have serious security and privacy risks:

  • Require handing over your login credentials
  • Broad permissions to read/control your account
  • potential bans for violating Twitter API terms

If you do use a third party app, only choose reputable paid ones that require limited permissions. And never enter your main Twitter login – use a secondary "burner" account instead.

Pros of Third Party Apps:

  • Fully automates deleting unlimited likes
  • May offer additional Twitter automation features

Cons of Third Party Apps:

  • Major security risks of leaked credentials
  • Banning risk from API violations
  • Need to pay for reputable options

My recommendation is avoiding third party apps altogether when hiding likes. The risks outweigh potential benefits for most users.

Likes Can Still Appear in Followers‘ Feeds

One caveat to understand – even if you hide likes using the above methods, they can still show up in your followers‘ Twitter feeds.

Twitter‘s algorithm sometimes surfaces likes from accounts you follow on your home timeline. So your likes aren‘t 100% private.

Bottom line – evaluate your specific motivations and choose the right approach for your needs. Although imperfect, the methods in this guide will help increase your Twitter likes privacy and security.

Key Takeaways: How to Hide Your Twitter Likes

While you can‘t completely hide likes on Twitter, here are the best ways to limit their visibility:

  • Make account private – Limits likes visibility to approved followers only
  • Manually unlike tweets – Lets you selectively delete specific likes
  • Use browser script – Bulk delete likes fast but avoiddetection
  • Third party apps – Convenient but high security risks
  • Understand limitations – Likes aren‘t fully private but reducing visibility helps

Hopefully this guide gave you clarity on protecting your Twitter likes. Now you can like more freely without oversharing!

What strategies do you use to manage privacy on social media? I‘d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.