Have you ever tried to take screenshots of specific peoples shared content to keep it or even share it with others for any reason? How would you feel if you do so and they get notified? Does Instagram users get notification if you screenshot their stories or posts? The answer is no. Instagram screenshots notification feature does not work when you screenshot on screen record other users post, it is the same with their shared stories too. Instagram screenshots notification is only working when you take a screenshot of a private direct message shared media content in order to improve user privacy.
On February 2018 Instagram released a testing feature to notify users if someone took screenshots from their posts or stories in order to improve user experience and make sharing any moment easier. Although finally Instagram decided to not to add this feature to the platform. Good news or bad news, that was the end of the feature and it’s dark days. Today Instagram close friend feature can somehow be a wiser replacement made by Instagram to help people protect their privacy while sharing photos and videos via Stories.
How was Instagram screenshots notification feature supposed to work?
Now it does not work at all, the feature in totally disabled. However the testing version of this feature would alert you if you take a screenshot or screen record someone’s story or post for the first time. The alert would try letting you know that if you ever do this action, after this warning alert, again your targeted account would be notified. The testing feature would not have worked if you take screenshots through the Instagram web.
At testing days the feature was not available to everybody but the users who experienced it stated that in case anybody took screenshots of their posts and stories or screen recorded them, they received a notification message with the screenshot taker’s name and also in story’s viewed list the name appears next to a camera icon.
How does Instagram screenshots notification feature works on direct messages?
Generally Instagram does not send any type of notification if someone take a screenshot of your direct private conversation.Instagram will only notify you that someone has taken a screenshot when they screenshot a picture or video that you sent them via the Instagram direct message, by the mean during Instagram direct conversations if anyone screenshot a photo or video you sent you would get notified.
Instagram posts and Stories Screenshots Alternatives
If you want to share a post or story to other users simply tap on the share icon to send it via direct in case the profile is public or the receiver is the profile’s follower. You can also save a post in your account saved collection using the bookmark icon while users would not know that you bookmarked their posts. You also can use Story saver apps to download Instagram stories or similar to posts, share them in direct messages using the share icon.