Does Instagram Notify About Screenshots? Yes and No

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Does Instagram Notify About Screenshots?

Does Instagram notify the person when you take screenshots of their post or Instagram story?

Unfortunately, Instagram has been yanking us back and forth on this one.

At the moment, only screenshotting disappearing direct messages will result in a notification that looks like “_username_ took a screenshot of the photo you sent.”

As for regular Instagram posts, there has never been any notification about screenshots.

As for Instagram stories, in February 2018 Instagram started notifying people every time their Instagram stories were screenshotted, but they stopped after receiving a lot of backlash.

How to Take Screenshots WITHOUT Notifying the Person

For the time being, you can freely take screenshots of anything that isn’t a disappearing direct message.

If you’re feeling paranoid, though, and want to be SURE Instagram does not have a sudden policy change and notify about screenshots, you have a couple of options.

1. Screenshot Instagram stories freely while looking at them in a web browser, rather than the app. Just go to on your phone or computer.

2. Look at Instagram stories, save, and screenshot anonymously using a third-party app like “Story Reposter for Instagram.”

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