Instagram stories are one of its most unique features.
Sure enough, the fact that they are temporary contributed to the app’s popularity today;
we have only got 24 hours to catch up on them before they disappear!
Since Instagram stories are temporary,many users spend time taking screenshots of someone else's story before it fades away in 24 hours.
The stories’ being temporary increases our necessity in taking screenshots of them;they are ‘a memoir’ of moments and instances we’d really like to experience again and again.
Continue reading to find out if you can see you who took screenshots of your Instagram stories.
You Could, But Not Anymore.
A few years ago, it was possible to know who took screenshots of your story thanks to a feature Instagram introduced at that period.
Soon enough, though, this feature disappeared.
Since then, Instagram users have been freely taking screenshots of other users’ stories without notice.
How Did These Screenshots Notifications Work?
When this type of notification was active, Instagram detected the activation of the user's smartphone's screenshot feature.
This screenshot notification was triggered by any of the following actions:
- Taking a screenshot of a post or story.
- Screen recording while checking someone’s Instagram profile.
- Screen recording while viewing someone’s Insta-story.
Instead of sending a message/ notification to the user whose stories were recorded, a star icon used to appear right next to the users in the “seen by” list who had taken the screenshots, thus revealing their identities.
However, today there's no way to know if someone took screenshots of your story.
Instagram could bring this feature whenever it wants, though.
Other Subtle Notifications On The App You Should Know
Despite the latter being removed from use, Instagram still notifies the users when screenshots of disappearing photos are taken, namely the ones that are sent via direct messages on Instagram and eventually disappear.
Instagram notifies you of this in two different ways:
- Once a user screenshots a temporary photo, a little starburst shape appears next to the photo. This icon cannot be removed.
- The second way is even more subtle than the first; the message being screenshot will appear in the list of direct messages.
So does that mean you shouldn’t take screenshots of disappearing photos anymore?
No. There is a way you can screenshot these without their owners knowing.
After taking the screenshot from your phone, send them another message immediately.
Assuming The Past Screenshot Notification Ever Returned,
Will There Still Be A Way To Avoid Screenshot Detection?
Absolutely. There are several ways of bypassing this.
If Instagram ever recovers this feature, you'll only need to turn on your phone's airplane mode before taking a screenshot.
Another way to avoid being detected is to take a photo from another phone.
This way, you will be able to capture all photos posted in the story.
For now, you can’t know if someone took a screenshot of your Instagram story.
However, you can see if someone took screenshots of temporary photos sent in messages.
Use this knowledge to your advantage!