It can be confusing to unhide stories on Hacker News after you accidentally clicked the Hide button for a story that you wanted to read. 

So is there no way to undo this?

There is.

Although the solution that we will share with you is not a glaringly obvious one at first glance, however, it does get the job done for you to proceed to reverse a hide.


Without further ado, let’s jump right in!



How to Unhide Stories on Hacker News (HN): 3 Steps


  1. Assuming you’ve accidentally pressed Hide on a story, you will need to first go to your profile. Click on your username, which is located on the top-right corner. If you’re on mobile, it will be found on the top-right corner too.
unhide stories on Hacker News
For instance, I accidentally press the hide button on this ASK HN story. 


unhide stories on Hacker News
Click on your HN username, located on the top-right corner. ☝


  1. Next, once you’re in your profile, take a look at the few options that are below the delay option and just above the submit button. You should see a few options where one of them will be the hidden option. Click on hidden.

unhide stories on Hacker News


  1. Lastly, you should see all the stories in which you pressed the Hide button on right here on this page. If you wish to unhide a story, hit the un-hide button right below the story’s title. The same applies if you’re using Hacker News on your mobile too.

unhide stories on Hacker News


That’s all there is to it! Do take note that this is not a way to save stories on Hacker News, which we’ve written a separate guide on. This is because stories in which you press the Hide button will only remain up to a week where after that, it will be gone. If you want to hold onto a story, make sure to follow that guide (linked) after you unhide the story.

For now, this is the quickest way we could find wherein you can unhide a story on Hacker News. The HN team has mentioned before that they are planning to release an extended update to the Hacker News web application, which will either see the Hide button be removed or add a direct link from the homepage. 

Anyways, we hope you found this guide somewhat useful in unhiding stories on Hacker News. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below, and we will be love to help. ❤


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