Instagram has started to test a new feature which alerts users when someone takes a screenshot of one of their stories. This feature has been seen in Snapchat for some time and allows the users greater control over their privacy. It’s very likely that we’ll be seeing this feature rolled out to all users at some point in the near future.
However if you’re in the business of taking those sneaky screenshots of stories and you don’t want anyone to know, we have a couple of ways for you to get around this new feature so you can continue to take your screenshots in secret.
If you want to be sure you're getting the most out of Instagram then take a look at our complete guide here.
Screenshot an Instagram story without the owner knowing
Using some third party software to take the screenshot is perhaps the most obvious way. There are some of these available in the App Store for free, with Story Reposter being the most commonly used.
You're not taking these screenshots using the Instagram app specifically, so it has no way to tell if you're capturing the content shown on your screen.
When you open up the app you can search for the user you’d like to save stories from, find the specific story you wish to save and then save a copy of it to your phone.
Open up Instagram in a browser to sceenshot without anyone knowing
The simple tricks are usually the best and this one may not occur to many people. Open up Instagram.com within the browser on your phone or on your computer and log yourself in.
You can then take as many screenshots as you wish and no one will be the wiser, because you’re using the browser instead of the app so it won't be able to tell.
Use a Jailbreak feature to save stories
If you’re using a jailbroken device then you can use Rocket for Instagram which will allow you to view stories anonymously and save stories to your phone with a single button press.
Sadly this is only going to work with a phone that's been jailbroken previously, so do keep that in mind.