Maybe you want to save a friend’s story about your birthday in your camera roll, or maybe you want to save a recipe someone shared so you can try it later.
Instagram does not alert the other user that you have screenshotted (or screen recorded) their content, whether you are screenshotting (or screen recording) a story, a tweet, or even a reel. When you screenshot a vanishing picture or video sent to you via direct message, Instagram notifies the sender.
All you need to know about taking screenshots or screen captures on Instagram is right here.
Does Instagram Notify Users for Screenshots of Stories?
Instagram spent a few months developing a tool that allowed users to see who was screenshotting their stories, but it has since been retired. The function was discovered in February of this year. It was gone by June. Since then, Instagram users have had the ability to anonymously screenshot or screen capture other users’ stories without being told.
There’s no guarantee that Instagram’s story screenshot updates will be phased out for good. There is always the risk that research will resume without your knowledge at any moment.
How to take a screenshot without notification?
You should take snapshots of something that isn’t a fading direct message for the time being.
If you’re feeling paranoid and want to make SURE Instagram doesn’t suddenly change its rules and warn you of screenshots, you have a couple of choices.
- Take free screenshots of Instagram stories when viewing them in a web browser rather than the software. Simply visit Instagram.com on your phone or device.
- Browse Instagram posts, download, and screenshot anonymously using a third-party app such as “Story Reposter for Instagram.”
When does Instagram Alert you a Screenshot Taken?
Instagram can only warn you if a screenshot of a vanishing picture or video sent in a private DM thread is taken. Instagram does not send screenshot notifications for stories, updates, reels, permanent DMs, or any other kind of material on the app.
Important: Instagram no longer notifies users when they post screenshots to their tales. It’s likely that Instagram’s screenshot update policies will change again, so double-check.
A tiny hatched circle would appear beside a snapshot of a vanishing picture or video you submitted.
Be Wary of Third-Party Apps Claiming to Notify You of Instagram Screenshots
Any third-party applications that appear to give you screenshot updates are most likely out of date or a complete scam. For privacy and security purposes, Instagram places stringent limits to what third-party applications can do with the Instagram API, which means that no app you install will be able to tell you who is taking screenshots of your posts.
If you come across an app that claims to be able to tell you who is screenshotting your stuff, don’t install it. If you download a malicious program, you risk damaging your Instagram account or infecting your computer with viruses.
If you have already installed a third-party app that claims to provide Instagram screenshot alerts and have given it your account details, uninstall it instantly from your iOS or Android computer. To be secure, update your Instagram password. If you have an Android device, you should think about downloading an antivirus program.