You can now like other users’ stories on Instagram without sending private messages. Below we describe how this is done.
How to like a story on Instagram without sending a message
- Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone and open someone’s story.
- Tap the heart icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
The author of the story will receive a notification about your like, but at the same time, a chat with this user will not appear in private messages. Now your personal will not be clogged with unnecessary chats with only reactions. Only the author of the story will know that you liked it.
To remove a like from a story, simply tap the heart icon again.
How to view likes on your stories
If a user likes your story, a heart will be displayed next to their name in the viewers list.
Only you will know who liked your story. Likes on other people’s stories are also not available to you.
Story likes vs. post likes
The main difference between likes of stories and likes of ordinary posts is the privacy of the former. Likes of stories are available only to their authors. Post likes are displayed publicly and are visible to all your followers. If you wish, you can hide the number of likes under your posts.
The ability to like stories without sending messages has gradually been available to users since February 14.
Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced the new feature on Twitter . He says that the feature will allow people to give each other more support, as well as clear the PM of unnecessary chats.
Previously, it was possible to react to other people’s stories only by sending a reaction to private messages. At the same time, correspondence with your reaction also appeared in your chats. Now there will be no unnecessary chats with reactions.