Is it possible for Instagram to notify screenshots?

Instagram screenshot

A common question that arises among users of Instagram is whether it notifies other users when someone takes a screenshot of its contents. To answer this concern, we carried out a series of experiments with different types of content on Instagram.

Does Instagram notify or not if we took a screenshot?

Instagram stories.

What we did first to know if Instagram notifies a screenshot is uploading a story from an Instagram account. After publishing, we switch to another account on the same device and play the story. When taking a screenshot of the story, we returned to the original account to check if any screenshot notifications had been received.

When reviewing the notifications and story display details, we noticed that there was no indication that someone had taken a screenshot. Therefore, we confirm that Instagram does not notify users when a screenshot of their stories is taken.

Then we did other similar experiments: uploading stories, sending messages, and taking screenshots of both stories and messages. Again, we do not receive notifications for screenshots of stories or posts in the feed. However, we note that there are occasions when Instagram does notify a screenshot.

What Instagram does notify

Instagram feed.

We noticed that Instagram does notify screenshots in certain contexts, specifically within direct messages. To check this, we send a photo via direct message from one Instagram account to another. Upon receiving and viewing the photo on the second account, we take a screenshot of the image and then we went back to the original account.

When we checked the chat, we noticed an icon at the bottom right of the screen indicating that a screenshot had been taken of the submitted photo. This is how we verify that Instagram does notify users when someone takes a screen shot of photos or videos sent in direct messages.

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