Janelle Monae in 'I Like That' video

How to Check if You “Like[d] that” On Instagram

Sometimes, there’s a post we want to come back to on Instagram— like the world’s cutest dog or the perfect sweater we want or that place in Italy that you have to visit before you die…WHERE IS IT? Oh no! WHAT IF WE DON’T FIND IT BEFORE WE DIE???

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But if you haven’t already started using bookmarks to organize things you want to come back to on Instagram, you have to find past posts via who you messaged them to or your likes. While Instagram’s “like” history is a lot easier to find as of 2022, it’s still a little bit hidden in the menus.

Once you reach this collection, you can sort these liked posts from newest to oldest and vice versa. You’re also able to filter these posts by author and a start/end date. Here’s a three-ish step guide to finding these posts (with a bonus at the end!).

Step-by-step

Note: this feature can only be used on your own account and on mobile. It’s a big privacy issue to allow users to see what other users are interacting with altogether. While the platform says it doesn’t allow businesses to see what people “like,” this data is used for targeted ads. It’s always a good idea to reflect on this and think about what from the algorithm is placed in front of you, especially if it’s from a profile you aren’t already following.

  • Click the extended menu (three horizontal bars) from your profile. This can be found in the top right corner.
  • Select “You activity” and then “Interactions.” Both of these are near the top of the menu. The symbol features horizontal arrows going in opposite directions.
  • Tap “Likes” to see up to hundreds of your last liked posts, reels, and videos. This symbol is the classic non-anatomically correct heart graphic.

If you want to “unlike” something. Click on the heart again on the post or just double-tap the post.

The future

As Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook, Inc.) try to move us rather inorganically into web3, I just want to remind everyone that the future is already here. Their name is Janelle Monáe a.k.a. The Arch Andriod a.k.a. Jane 57821. And they’ll tell you what they “like.”

(Was this the long game to get you to stream Dirty Computer or Monáe’s wider discography but also a reminder of Meta’s daunting promise to shape the future? Yes.)

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