Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot [2021 Updates]

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Cody Walsh

Updated: Aug 13, 2021 05:56 pm

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Instagram is an extremely popular social media platform among people of all ages, especially teenagers and young adults.

Have you ever met the following scenarios present when using Instagram?

Many users are afraid of taking a screenshot because they think that Instagram will send notifications to the person whose content's screenshots they are taking.

And some users are also worried about whether Instagram sends notifications when they take screenshots of direct messages and stories.

Are you using Instagram with the same doubts?

In this article, we will answer the question ‘does Instagram notify when you screenshot?’. We will also illustrate how to take screenshots on Instagram without them knowing.

Let's get started:

Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot Direct Messages

Instagram direct message has a unique feature whereby the sender of a message can delete the message on both sides.

Therefore, if you are a receiver of a message, you cannot be certain that the received message will stay on your conversation thread forever.

That is why it is all the more important to take screenshots of certain messages.

These messages could be something useful for you, and you think that the sender might delete them. Some people also take screenshots of direct messages for evidence in case of bullying and other such activities.

Now, the big question is ‘does Instagram notify when you screenshot messages’.

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Yes, Instagram sends a notification to the sender of the message when the receiver takes a screenshot of disappearing photos and videos in direct messages.

The direct message could be text, regular photos, and videos as well as disappearing photos and videos. A disappearing photo or video is something that the receiver can see only once or twice as per the settings by the sender, and then it will disappear from the chat.

Since disappearing photos and videos in direct messages are meant to be seen once or twice, when you are taking a screenshot of such a direct message, the sender should know about it. This is to protect the privacy of Instagram users.

Since the sender does not want the receiver to have any record of the disappearing direct messages, it is perfectly fitting that the sender should know if you take a screenshot.

Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot A Story

Instagram Story is a widely used feature whereby users post photos and videos, and it lasts for 24 hours. After 24 hours, the story will disappear not just from the story section but also from profile as well as DMs.

instagram screenshot story notify

Therefore, one might be tempted to take a screenshot of someone's beautiful story. But the question arises, ‘does Instagram notify when you screenshot a story’. The answer is no.

Instagram does not notify the users who posted the story when someone else takes a screenshot of his story.


However, Instagram introduced the feature of notifying users when screenshot a story, for a few months back in 2018. Currently, the feature is not available, and therefore, you can take screenshots of stories without any worry.

Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot Photo or Video Posts

Instagram is the best place where you can find creative photos and videos. You might be tempted to take screenshots of photos and record videos posted by someone else.

However, you might be worried if that other person will get a notification regarding your screenshot-taking activity. Well, there is no such feature available on Instagram.

This is because when you are posting photos and videos on your profile, they are meant for your followers and even for all to check them out.

Hence, Instagram has taken no measure to safeguard these photos and videos, and anyone can take screenshots without any worry.


Instead of taking screenshots of photo and video posts, you can bookmark them and check them out at any future instance. However, if the users delete the bookmarked posts, you will not be able to see them.

Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot User Profiles

Instead of a single photo or video, you may want to take a screenshot of a user's complete profile. This includes his profile photo, statistics, bio, and even posts and highlights.

There could be various reasons for which people may want to take screenshots of user profiles, such as sharing with others, saving for future use, and likewise.

You may be wondering, ‘can people see when you screenshot on Instagram?’.

Well, Instagram does not notify the user whose profile photo you are taking. Therefore, you can take a screenshot of any profile without any worry. This is because profiles are meant to be public, and anyone can access them anytime.


If you are worried that unknown people can take screenshots of your profile and misuse it, you can make your profile private. In that case, only your followers can access and take screenshots.

Tips: How to Screenshot on Instagram Without Them Knowing

Only when you take screenshots of direct messages, the sender will get a notification about your screenshot-taking activity. However, with the rise in online privacy, it is possible for Instagram to introduce screenshot notification feature for posts, stories, and even profiles. Even if it happens, there are certain ways by which you can take screenshot on Instagram without them knowing.

Way 1: Use KidsGuard Pro for Android

The best way to record someone's direct messages, posts, stories, and other items on Instagram is by using KidsGuard Pro for Android. You have to deploy the app on the target person's phone, and you can track and record all his social media activities.

Step 1: Click the ‘Sign Up’ button to create an account for KidsGuard Pro and select a suitable plan.

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Step 2: Download KidsGuard Pro on the target person's phone by visiting download page from his phone's web browser.

download kidsguard pro

Step 3: Install the APK file of the app and open the app. Log in with your KidsGuard Pro account's credentials.

login kidsguard pro android

Step 4: Get back to your phone or computer and open KidsGuard Pro dashboard.

kidsguard pro dashboard android

Step 5: Go to Social Apps and click on Instagram. You will see all the direct messages, and you can take screenshots or export data to save them for future reference.

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Other Interesting Features:

  • Social Media Activities – Apart from Instagram, you can track the target person's WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Tinder, Telegram, Kik, Viber, LINE, WeChat, QQ app activities.
  • Real-Time Screenshots – You can take real-time screenshots of the target person's phone from your phone without him knowing. You can also take photos with his camera and record his calls.
  • Phone Data – You can check the target person's call logs, contacts, messages, browser history, location history, real-time location, photos, and videos remotely from your phone or computer.
  • Keylogger – The app has an inbuilt keylogger to capture every keystroke. You can later check the recorded keystrokes and find out accounts' credentials of the target person includes his Instagram account.

Can't wait to try the above features? Click here to try it!

Way 2: Take Screenshots In Airplane Mode

Step 1: Open the Instagram direct messages whose screenshot you want to take.

Step 2: Pull down the phone menu and turn on Airplane mode.

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Step 3: Take the desired screenshot with your phone’s key combination or any screenshot-taking app.

Step 4: Go to Settings> Apps> Instagram and tap on Force Stop option.

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Step 4: Turn off Airplane mode and open Instagram and carry on with your social media activity.

The reason this method works is because when your phone is in Airplane mode, the phone or any app does not record your activities. On top of that, you can force stopping Instagram app. Hence, the Instagram app will not know about your screenshot-taking activity and will not notify the sender even when it is a disappearing photo or message.

Way 3: Use Another Phone Camera

The easiest way to capture a screenshot of an Instagram post, story, DM, or profile is by using another phone camera.

Therefore, you must have two phones with you to capture a screenshot in this way.

There is no doubt that when you capture the screen of your phone with another phone’s camera, the quality will not be as good as a true screenshot but it will get the job done.

This way, the sender of the message will not get any notification as Instagram will not be able to detect your screen capturing activity.

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Q1. How can I see who Screenshotted my Instagram?

You cannot see who screenshotted your Instagram profile, posts, stories, or even direct messages. However, if someone has screenshotted your disappearing photos and videos on direct messages, you will get a notification, and you can check it from your notification list.

Q2. How do I know who stalks my Instagram?

Instagram is a great platform for sharing photos and videos with followers. However, it is also a great place for stalkers to stalk people’s profiles. From that perspective, Instagram is not very suitable if online privacy is a concern for you. There is no way you can be certain if someone is stalking you on Instagram. However, you can install ClevGuard Anti-Spyware app on your phone to find out if there is spyware on your phone through which someone is stalking your Instagram and phone activities.

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Q3. Can someone see if you search them on Instagram?

No, no one can see if you search them on Instagram. Instagram does not notify the users even when you search a person a hundred times a day. The same rule applies to Facebook which now owns Instagram.


Hopefully, you have got the answer to the question ‘does Instagram notify when you screenshot a post, direct message, story, or profile as a whole?’. Except for disappearing photos and videos on direct messages, Instagram does not notify users when a screenshot is taken. We have also stated the tricks to capture any screenshot without them knowing or getting any notification. The best way is to install KidsGuard Pro for Android on the target person's phone.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Aug 13, 2021 ( Updated: Aug 13, 2021 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.

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