Can People See if You Screenshot Their Instagram Story?

Can People See if You Screenshot Their Instagram Story

Instagram started allowing users to post photos and videos that simply vanish after 24 hours. This newly added feature called stories allow users to share daily moments with their friends and family without having to create a feed post. Launched in August of 2016, there are now more than 500 million users who use stories on a daily basis. 

There was one question on everybody’s mind however, can people see if you screenshot their Instagram story?

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Can people see if you screenshot their instagram story?

While Instagram Stories are meant to be temporary, users do have the ability to screenshot a certain picture on someone’s story, either officially or unofficially. There are obviously multiple applications that allow users to do so. Even the basic screenshot your screen feature most mobile phones have can also be used to do this. 

With so much content being shared as Instagram Stories, it is tempting to screenshot that piece of information that you fancy. However, users suggest that there should be a notification or alert to let you know if someone has screenshotted your story.

Having said that, there is one scenario where users might get a notification of screenshots other users take of their stories.

How to save Instagram Posts?

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When you see that piece of content or information you want saved, you have multiple options to do exactly that.

1. Built-in bookmarking

If you have not noticed it, Instagram offers you a built-in method to save all posts that take your fancy. Under each post, you would find a bookmark button that when clicked saves the post to your account. You can simply navigate to your profile and click “saved” to view everything you have bookmarked. This goes for posts, videos, reels, and IGTV videos. This does not work with stories and also does not notify the original poster that you have saved their post.

2. Screenshot

The other way to save any post you like is by screenshotting it. This can be done to posts and stories. Since you cannot screenshot entire videos, this method might not work for them. You can only screenshot stills due to the apparent reason. 

3. Third-party applications

You can even find third-party applications on your respective app store that allow you to save posts, be it videos, photos, stories, reels, and everything else. This method does not notify the users and is also pretty simple to use.

Does Instagram Send Notifications –

For Screenshots of Stories?

Instagram spent a few months testing out this feature where users could see who all have taken screenshots of their stories. However, that feature has since been retired with no information as to when and if it will make a return. Bottom line, currently users do not get notified if anyone has taken a screenshot of their stories. 

For Screenshots of Direct Messages (DM’s)

Direct messages can be sent to individual users or a group of people. DMs can also include sending a temporary photo that disappears once read by the user(s). According to Instagram’s Help Section, screenshotting these disappearing DMs does result in a notification being sent to the user who sent it in the first place.

However, DMs other than these temporary photos, like messages, shared posts, or anything else does not result in a notification.  

For Screenshots of User Profiles?

No, Instagram does not notify the user if you have screenshotted their profile. This is helpful when you have to save their website address, or their contact information without having to write it all down. 

If you as a user do not want your profile screenshotted, simply making your profile private can help you in that regard. Obviously people who follow you can see your profile and screenshot it, but this allows you to limit who can see your profile and who does not have the permission to.

Third-Party Applications that Claim to Notify You of Instagram Screenshots

If you saw or have been considering using third-party applications that claim to notify you if your Instagram stories or posts are being screenshotted, well, do not do that. They are either extremely outdated or simply a scam and would not provide you any benefit. On top of that, they can even be malwares and designed to steal your private information, so beware. 

How To Hide Instagram Stories

Instagram stories have become a standout feature of the Instagram app. This feature allows you to share short-term videos and pictures that disappear after just 24 hours.

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Hiding Instagram Stories

If you don’t want anyone following you to view your story, you can hide your story from that person and prevent them from seeing the stories. If you want to hide your story from someone, simply,

  1. Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.
  2. Navigate to your Instagram profile by clicking on the icon at the bottom right corner.
  3. Located in the upper right corner, click on the wheel icon on iOS devices, or the ellipsis icon on Android devices.
  4. Click on “Story Settings” under the account title.
  5. Click “Hide Story” on the screen and select the exact people you want to bar from seeing your story.
  6. After selecting the desired contacts, click on “done” on the upper right corner.
  7. You can select the exact people you want to hide your story from. Simply, check the list of people who have viewed your Instagram story. Select “Hide Story from [username]” when you click on the ellipsis icon above the person’s name. This way, you will prevent your other stories from being displayed to them.
  8. Hiding Instagram stories from someone doesn’t mean you’re blocking them. Instagram simply blocks that person from being able to see your story.
  9. Also, who will view your Instagram story also has to do with your account’s privacy settings. If your account is confidential, or private, only people who follow you can view your story. If your account is public, your followers can see it if you are live streaming, and if it’s saved on your profile, everyone can see it.

With that sorted, let us get to know how to hide Instagram stories of other users you do not want to watch. That is pretty straightforward too. Instagram added an option to mute stories and posts of users you do not want to see from. To hide content they post, simply,

  1. Search and go to their account
  2. Once you follow them, clicking on the following icon will bring a drop down menu.
  3. From here click on mute.
  4. You get the option to mute stories or posts, or both depending on what you want.

Remember, when you hide someone’s story, you don’t let that person out of the chase. You can continue to view their posts in the feed in the same way.

Since stories are temporary, there is no way even you, the originator, can get them back once they fizzle out. In order to save your own stories permanently, simply go to Story Settings under options tab and make sure Save to Archive is set to on.

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How Can You Hide Your Insta­gram Sto­ry from Every­one Except One Person/Or a Few People

If you want only one person to see your stories, you can add the person you want to see to the close friends’ section. In this way, only that person will see your story. If you don’t want him/her to add to close friends, you have to hide your stories from everyone you follow. Remember not to hide it from a person you don’t want to hide.

Similarly, you can add as many people to your “Close Friends” so if you post a story that is only visible to this portion of your followers, only they can witness what you have posted.

If you are looking out for your child and making sure they do not get to the wrong places on the internet, you can install a hidden spy app on their phone to get all the details on their movements.


When it comes to security, Instagram tries its best to give users enough to help them retain their private information. The platform is used for both business and personal reasons, and you as a user might or might not want other users saving your private memories. 

If you wish to be as private as possible, make sure you make your profile private and allow only your friends and family to follow you. This way even if someone is screenshotting your posts, you know they will not do any harm to your identity.

For businesses and influencers who thrive when their posts are public, you might simply have to live with the fact that anyone can screenshot their information. You can also restrict the amount of personal data you post so that it does not infringe on your privacy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you tell if someone screenshotted your Instagram story?

No, currently you will not be able to. Instagram tested this feature a while back, but it has since been revoked and users are now unable to tell if anyone has taken a screenshot of their stories.

Will Instagram notify me if someone takes a screenshot of a DM?

Not messages or shared posts, but Instagram does notify users when they send those disappearing photo messages.

Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a post?

No, Instagram does not notify you in any way if your post has been screenshotted. There are no known ways you can figure that out either. Beware of third-party apps that promise the same.

How to screenshot Instagram story without them knowing?

Since Instagram has removed the feature that allowed users to know who took screenshot of their stories, if you want, you can easily capture your screen while their story is being played to save it to your phone. They will not find out that you have screenshotted their story by any means.

How to screenshot Instagram story?

There are multiple ways you can screenshot an Instagram story. The easiest way is to use the age-old combination of screen capture using the volume down button+power button. You can even use screen capture applications that allow you to take screenshots. There are multiple methods you can capture your screen.

Lucas is a copywriter specializing in computer software and mobile applications. His knowledge about software and step-by-step procedure to test out applications has been especially helpful here at ViralTech.

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