Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a story?


INSTAGRAM Stories are a staple of modern social media life – but can you tell if someone has screenshotted it?

Here’s a complete guide to whether anyone is at risk of embarrassment with a cheeky screen grab.


In some cases, Instragram will notify users of screenshotsCredit: Alamy

When does Instagram notify that a screenshot has been taken?

Instagram doesn’t give out a notification when someone’s post is screenshot.

The app also doesn’t tell users when someone else has taken a screenshot of their story.

It means Instagram fans can take sneaky screenshots of other profiles without the other user ever knowing.

What to know about screenshotting Instagram DMs

It’s a whole different story, however, when it comes to direct messages on Instagram.

If another user sends you a disappearing photo or video via DM on the app and you screenshot, they will be notified.

But screenshotting other content aside from disappearing snaps and clips on DM will not result in a notification.

How did screenshots used to work on Instagram stories?

In 2018, Instagram trialled a feature where users could see who was screenshotting their stories.

A star-shaped icon was stuck next to your handle every time a screenshot was taken during this time.

It was retired after just a few months, however.

How to avoid being detected for an Instagram screenshot

As suggested by people on Twitter, setting your phone to airplane or flight mode while taking screengrabs won’t set off the app’s warnings.

Another workaround is to visit the Instagram desktop website.

There are also a couple of apps that let you safely pull off the trick, including Story Reposter for iPhones and StorySaver on Android.

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