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Does Instagram notify when you take a screenshot?

Think before you screenshot.
May 5, 2023
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Taking a screenshot allows you to save an image of something, but on Instagram, this can sometimes be seen as a breach of privacy, especially if the user wants to delete the content later. So, are there any measures that allow you to see when someone has taken a screenshot of your content? Does Instagram notify the image owner when you screenshot a story?


Instagram does not notify when you screenshot a story. However, if you take a screenshot of a disappearing photo or video in direct messages, Instagram will notify the other user.


Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a story?

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Instagram is chock full of visual content, and it can be a bit unsettling to think that other users could be saving screenshots of your pictures and videos without you knowing.

Unfortunately, Instagram currently does not notify you when someone takes a screenshot of a story. The same goes for most direct messages, posts, Reels, and everything else on the platform. This seems to be the case across Meta’s family of apps, as WhatsApp doesn’t notify you, either.

When does Instagram notify about a screenshot?

The only time Instagram notifies users that someone has taken a screenshot is in direct message conversations. You can screenshot most direct messages without notification. However, you will be notified if you take a photo with the camera button within the chat and the other person takes a screenshot of it.

This is because those “fleeting” images are meant to be seen once or twice, and never again. Instagram notifies you when screenshots have been made.

How does it work?

Go to your chat with another Instagram user and press the blue camera button to the left of the Message… field at the bottom. Take a photo, then select either ALLOW REPLAY or VIEW ONCE from the options below.

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When they take a screenshot, you will see a notification appear on your device.

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Additionally, you will see a little spiral icon next to the photos that have been screenshotted. This icon looks sort of like a loading circle, and it is permanent.

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In this image, the top two DM images have been screenshotted. The bottom one has not.

This does not apply to images attached to your conversation from your gallery. If you add an image like this, it is treated like a normal message, and you will not be notified if they screenshot it.

How to screenshot without notifying on Instagram

Do you want to screenshot a disappearing photo or video without notifying the other user? While this isn’t possible conventionally, there are a number of workarounds.

Screenshotting from the website

Log into Instagram on your computer. If you take a screenshot of the disappearing photo or video from the web browser version of Instagram, the other user won’t be notified. This may change in the future.

Screenshot the content offline

Open the photo or video you want to screenshot, then put your phone into airplane mode. Because Instagram requires a stable connection to track your actions, it will not be able to tell that you took a screenshot. The other user will not be notified.

Take a physical photograph

If you have another device laying around such as a phone, tablet, or camera, use it to take a picture of the disappearing photo or video.


If you’ve applied for a ‘verified’ badge on Instagram, you will receive a notification in your Activity section after your application has been reviewed.

No. If you’re using a screen recording application or function on your device, Instagram will not notify the other user if you’ve screen recorded their story.

You may have disabled or muted notifications on your device. Instagram can also be a little bit finicky after updates, and, in the app, your notifications may have been disabled after updating the app. Go to Settings, then change them from there.