Instagram is widely popular for its eye-catching interface, easy-to-use features, reels, and a host of other things that have entertained its users for years. But lately, the platform has become popular for a far less interesting thing- bugs.
Bugs and glitches are Instagram’s infamous constituents that disturb the users’ experience on the app. The social media platform receives hundreds of bug reports daily. While most of the bugs are fixed pretty quickly, some often go unnoticed once in a while.
In this blog, we will discuss an Instagram issue that’s likely been disturbing you for quite some time.
We all upload photos on Instagram to share with friends and followers. Naturally, we like to get likes on the photos we share. However, a weird issue is now affecting the visibility of the likes of posts. If you have encountered this issue, you would have likely noticed that your photo shows no or very few likes, although you know people actually like it.
Let’s look at this issue, its meaning, and whether it is just another bug or something else.
Why Does Your Photo on Instagram Shows No Likes, But People Actually Liking it?
There can be two things these missing likes might mean.
Firstly, you might receive a notification that someone just liked your post. But on opening the post, you see no likes. If such incidents happen occasionally, there is nothing to worry about. Most likely, the person who liked your photo unliked it soon after. And hence, so you don’t see any like from them.
However, if such incidents occur too often, it usually points to a silly technical glitch.
In the second scenario, you might be able to see the likes on your photos, but other people might not see any likes or see very few likes compared to what you can see. This is the more common and problematic case, as the number of likes you see differs from the number of likes your followers see. If this is the case with you, the issue is nothing but one of Instagram’s common bugs that are being experienced by thousands of fellow Instagrammers.
How to fix this issue on Instagram?
We know how troubling this issue might seem. Unfortunately, as with many other bugs, there is no fixed solution to this issue that will work for everyone. You can try some basic steps to find a solution that works for you.
Here are some possible fixes to the missing likes issue on Instagram.
Wait for a while
Well, this is not a typical solution. But, if you can tolerate this issue for a while, it can most likely fix itself. As mentioned earlier, Instagram fixes hundreds of bugs on a daily basis. And these glitches can resolve on their own after a few minutes without doing anything.
Update your app
You might have seen this solution on almost every blog on such technical issues. No matter how repetitive this advice might seem, it often does away with most bugs immediately. Every update comes with several major and minor bug fixes. While these bug fixes go unnoticed most of the time, they can come in handy when you are dealing with a bug.
Before updating the app, log out of your Instagram account. Then, open the Play Store and search “Instagram” on the search bar. Update the app and check whether the problem gets resolved. The update might do the trick.
Report the bug
Most of the time, this issue doesn’t create many problems as it resolves on its own or after updating the app. So, you would likely not need to resort to this step.
If, however, the likes don’t appear even after a considerably longer time period- say, some hours or a day- it would be best to report the problem to the Instagram support team and wait for them to fix the issue. Here are the steps to report the bug to Instagram:
Step 1: Open the app and log into your account.
Step 2: Go to the post that has the bug, and shake your phone for a few seconds. If the “Report a Problem” pop-up appears, tap on the blue button that says Report a Problem, and skip to Step 7.
If nothing happens after shaking the phone, take a screenshot and go to your profile section by tapping on your profile photo at the bottom-right corner. Follow the next step.
Step 3: Tap on the three parallel lines at the top-right corner and select Settings.
Step 4: On the Settings screen, tap on Help→ Report a Problem.
Step 5: A pop-up will appear. Tap on Report Problem Without Shaking.
Step 6: On the Report a Problem page, tap on the Gallery button and attach the screenshot.
Step 7: Describe your issue briefly in two or three sentences in the space provided.
Step 8: Tap on the blue-colored Next button at the top-right corner.
Step 9: Tap on Send Report. Your report will be sent to the technical team for review.
Instagram is full of amazingly unique features that offer a great online experience to its users. However, the platform also offers a lot of bugs that can adversely affect this experience and leave you frustrated. So, if you notice a problem with the likes of some of your Instagram photos, it likely indicates the presence of a technical bug.
This blog has discussed some common methods that can fix this issue for you. If it helped you get rid of this irritating Instagram glitch, show us some support by sharing it with your friends.