If you aren’t the savviest person when it comes to Twitter, you might not be aware that people can go on your profile and see a log of every Tweet you have ever liked. That might not be a big deal for some people, but if that info makes you feel a bit anxious, then be sure to keep reading.
Sometimes you just slip up and like a couple of posts, and it is a simple matter of going into your log and tapping the heart to get rid of the record. Though, maybe you have a bigger job on your hands. Maybe you didn’t realize you were browsing with the wrong account active, maybe you liked a bunch of Tweets from a celebrity that turned out to be a terrible person, or for any other amount of reasons to need to wipe your log of a ton of liked Tweets. No judgment.
If you also run into needing to delete a bunch of Instagram posts, don’t worry, we’ve got your back there too.
1. Narrow it Down
This method is the most manual and thus a bit slow, but it is the only simple solution you can use on a smartphone. Plus, it only really works if you have a unifying feature among the Tweets you need to unlike. So, for example, if you had liked a bunch of stuff with the same hashtags or if you liked some stuff by the same few accounts. If that doesn’t sound like something that will help your situation, then you should probably skip ahead to one of the other methods.
Digging through your log of liked tweets isn’t a terrible way to handle this if you haven’t been liking anything else. However, if the tweets you need to get rid of are mixed into all the other things you liked, then it can be a real headache to look through everything and pick out the bad ones. So, you can try to filter down your search, so to speak.
You currently can’t filter your liked Tweets log by a particular account or hashtag, but you can use Twitter’s search tool to try and find all the tweets you are after. Luckily, the way that Twitter’s algorithms work, when you search by a particular hashtag, then you are super likely to see a bunch of the same posts if you search for the hashtag a second time. Just run back through that search feed and weed out the problem likes, and hopefully, you can keep it to one or two hashtags.
It’s even better if you are just trying to unlike a bunch of Tweets by a particular account. You can just head to their account and scroll through their Tweet history to get rid of everything on your record.
2. Third-Party Software
If you have ever been annoyed by the limitations of a particular social media platform, odds are, plenty of other people have had the same though — probably enough people for a savvy programmer to create some software to get around those limitations.
This method shoots a nice middle-ground between simplicity and speed. There is a handful of good software you can pick up that can accomplish this job, all of which for little to no cost. Circleboom is a particularly popular software people use specifically for deleting Tweets.
Circleboom can delete all of the likes from Tweets they have archived, which goes up to 3,200 of the most recent likes. They also have a searching option so you can look for more specific kinds of Tweets and flag the ones you want to delete, then get rid of them all in a single click. It’s similar to how most email accounts work. Circleboom can’t undo like removal, so make sure you are only deleting the likes you want to.
On top of that, Circleboom is a generically useful social media monitoring tool that’s optimized for Twitter, so you can use it after getting rid of the likes. If you aren’t familiar with social media monitoring tools, check out our guide to some of the best ones on the market.
3. Hack the System
Okay, you won’t be hacking into anything in the literal sense, but it does involve messing with some code. This is the most efficient method and it doesn’t require any third-party software, but it is the most complicated by a good stretch. Don’t worry though, the average person should be able to pull it off.
Important note: This method removes likes from tweets indiscriminately, so you may not want to use this one if you have some tweets you want to keep their likes.
Since you are messing with the client code, you have to be doing this from a desktop web browser. Chrome is recommended since that is the browser the following step-by-step instructions will use.
- Step 1: Head to Twitter.com, log into the account you want to manage if you already haven’t, and select the profile page.
- Step 2: Select the “Likes” tab toward the top of your screen. This should take you to your likes log.
- Step 3: In a separate browser tab from your Twitter, follow this link. Copy the code in the highlighted box.
- Step 4: Go back to your Twitter likes log, and open the developer options. For Chrome, you access this by clicking the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the browser and selecting “More Tools” from the drop-down menu. A second drop-down menu will come up, and from it, you need to click on “Developer Tools.”
- Step 5: A pretty complicated looking window will appear on the right side of your screen, but don’t get overwhelmed. At the top of that window, select the “Console Tab.” This should take you to a new interface.
- Step 5.5: Depending on what you were doing before this, the console log might be filled with a bunch of text. If it is, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of it until you see some blank space with a little pointing to it. If your Console log is empty, no worries.
- Step 6: Paste that code you copied from the link into the blank space at the bottom of the console log, then hit Enter. This may seem like it isn’t doing anything at first if you are on a slower computer, but be patient. You should see liked tweets disappearing from your log before too long.
- Step 7: After a few minutes, refresh your Twitter tab. You may still see that you have some liked posts in your log. No sweat, just paste the code into the console window and hit Enter again. Repeat this process until you refresh the Twitter tab and find the likes log empty.