Does Instagram Notify Other People When You Screenshot Their Story?

With many social media platforms it's possible for other users to take screenshots of your posts, photos or even video uploads without you knowing about it. On the other hand, there are also situations in which you might receive a notification informing you that this has happened (like on Snapchat for instance).

If you are wondering how it works with the Instagram app, then the answer is actually quite complicated.

Does Instagram Notify Others If You Screenshot a Story?

When you take a screenshot of a story on Instagram, the original uploader won't be notified at all.

This means that if somebody you are following (be they a friend, a family member or even a celebrity) publicly shares a post, you will be able to take a screenshot of it before it disappears, and they will be none the wiser. The same is true if you want to keep a visual record of another person's Twitter or Facebook posts, as they won't receive notifications from those apps either.

It is worth bearing in mind that Instagram does update quite frequently and so this may not always be the case.

Does Instagram Notify People When You Screenshot a Direct Message?

Things get a little more confusing when it comes to Instagram's direct messaging (DM) service.

If you receive a normal picture, video or text DM on Instagram, then you will be able to take a screenshot of it without the original sender being alerted.

Yet if you are sent one of Instagram's disappearing messages (which are temporary photos or videos that are captured within the app itself) then taking a screenshot of this will trigger a notification for the other party.

Specifically, they will see a circular icon like the one below, next to the message in question. They will also be able to see the words "screenshot taken" appear in the DM primary menu.

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If you take a screenshot of a disappearing message in Instagram, the sender will be notified with a circular icon appearing next to the DM itself. Instagram

To clarify then, you can take a screenshot of somebody else's Instagram story or a standard DM without them knowing about it. However, if they have sent you a disappearing message then you will not be able to get away with it so covertly.

In related social media news, a ProPublica investigation recently unveiled that Facebook employs over 1,000 contractors to read through WhatsApp messages that have been flagged as inappropriate by other users.

Meanwhile, Instagram itself featured in Newsweek's recent list of the 15 most popular social media platforms of the past decade.

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A picture of the logos of multiple social media applications, including Instagram. Chesnot/Getty Images