So, you're trying to show a friend or two a hilarious Reel you liked or saved on Instagram, but where is it? Unlike TikTok, Instagram doesn't make it clear where you're supposed to find your liked and saved Reels. Luckily, we can help.
This issue isn't the only one we've run into in with Reels, Instagram's TikTok copycat of sorts. In fact, the confusion here is just one example of how Reels doesn't quite feel finished. Instagram needs to focus its new feature a bit more if it really wants to come for TikTok's steadfast and sizable userbase.
Saved Reels are much more convenient to find than liked Reels. We recommend that you save your Reels instead of loving them when you can since it'll make it that much easier to find them later. Though likes are also useful to give the creator some appreciation, so it's good to do both.
To access your saved Reels, tap your profile tab in the bottom right, then tap the menu icon in the top right. Now, tap "Saved," and you'll find all the posts and items you've saved throughout your time on Instagram. Yes, we said "all." Unfortunately, you can't currently sort by post type, meaning you'll need to fish through all of your saved posts to find those funny Reels you want to show your friends.
The good news is Instagram includes the Reels icon in the thumbnail for any Reels in your saved collection, so you'll be able to browse for the short videos with a little more focus. And you can also create a new collection and move them over to that for easier access later.
Finding your liked Reels works just like finding your liked posts, not that that makes things any easier. To start, tap your profile tab in the bottom right, then tap the menu icon in the top right. Now, tap "Settings," then "Account," and "Posts You've Liked."
Just as with viewing saved posts, this section shows every Instagram post you've ever liked, which makes finding one Reel, in particular, a little challenging. Still, you'll find the Reels icon in the thumbnail for any liked Reels, so you can at least eliminate any posts without the icon from your search.
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