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Instagram testing screenshot warnings in Stories

15 February 2018

The good news, however is that the security feature can be worked around by taking a screenshot in flight mode. The person who posted the story is able to see who viewed it, but not the specific number of times one person may have.

The feature that shows when you screenshot Instagram stories only shows who has watched the story when you tap the "seen by" area at the bottom left corner. This will help identify the one who published a story to correctly identify the person who took a screenshot. Effectively telling people how many people have taken a screenshot, and who those accounts were. Another kind soul took a screenshot of what that looks like and shared it (see below).

However, some savvy users have figured out a way to get around the pesky screenshot feature. If you thought this was the end of it then you're wrong.

Another workaround that'll avoid the feature involves using an internet browser. Recently, Instagram launched a new feature on its platform known as Instagram Stories.

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Both Mac and Windows computers have screenshot functions.

The disappearing message app has always had a feature that notifies users when someone has screenshot their post.

Surprisingly, user who have put the original post won't be shown any alert when somebody takes a screenshot. Another workaround is for users to download Stories directly from the web version of Instagram. Still, when you consider that screenshot alerts are already available in private direct messages, it seems likely that they'll also make their way into Stories on a wide scale before long. It's not quite the notification that Snapchat sends to users, but similar enough to see where the intention came from.

Instagram testing screenshot warnings in Stories