Does Instagram notify you when you take a screenshot?

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

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No, Instagram does not notify you when you screenshot a story. However, if you take a screenshot of a disappearing image in an Instagram chat, the other user will get a notification.


Does Instagram notify you when you screenshot a story?

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Instagram is packed with visual content and it can be a little unsettling to think that other users can save screenshots of your photos and videos without you knowing.

Unfortunately, Instagram currently doesn’t let you know when someone takes a screenshot of a story. The same goes for most direct messages, messages, roles and everything else on the platform.

When will Instagram report a screenshot?

The only time Instagram will let you know that someone has taken a screenshot is in a direct message conversation. You can screenshot most direct messages without notice. However, you will get a notification if you take a photo with the camera button in 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 will let you know when screenshots have been taken.

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 ALLOW REPLAY or VIEW ONCE from the options below.

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

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In addition, you will see a small spiral icon next to the photos that have been screenshotted. This icon looks like a loading circle and is permanent.

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In this image, the top two DM images are screenshots taken. The bottom one doesn’t.

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

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