Imagine you were having a rough day, and you decided to binge-watch some Instagram Reels to relax or find the perfect inspiration for your content. Then, out of the blue you find something totally incredible, you like what you see so much that without thinking twice, you screenshot or screen record it. Do you worry the creator of the content could have been notified about this action? Here’s what you need to know!
Does Instagram Notify Users About Screenshots?
To put it in a nutshell, Instagram doesn’t notify anyone if you take a screenshot or screen record within the app. Not all social media platforms handle the screenshot privacy the same way, but if you’re concerned that someone was notified when you took a screenshot on Instagram, you can sigh with relief. You can capture a Reel or screenshot any post, and there will be no notification or record that you did this whether you do it on the desktop version of Instagram or in a mobile app.
That means you can capture a screenshot or screen recording of anything on Instagram and no one else will find out. On the other hand, that of course means that other Instagram creators and users can do this to you without any notification as well. And here we already have the answer to the second question!
Does Instagram Send a Notification When Someone Screenshot or Screen Records Your Instagram posts, Reels or DMs?
The general screenshot and screen recording functions are in-built into our devices whether it’s laptops, phones or even tablets. This makes it challenging and quite difficult to regulate the use of these functions on the Meta platform like Facebook or Instagram.
Yes, sure there are platforms that don’t permit the use of these functions, or send notifications to users (like Snapchat) but Instagram is definitely not one of these platforms – at least not at the moment.
To the question above, you already know, the short answer is a NO. Instagram won’t send out notifications to you when your content or Reels are either screenshotted or screen recorded. Instagram won’t even mention this in any analytics.
Can You Prevent Screenshots on Instagram?
Unfortunately, you can’t prevent screenshots or screen recording on Instagram. You can always make your account private to limit your followers, or make it accessible only to your family and friends, but the followers you currently have will be able to screenshot or screen record your posts.
To Sum it Up!
Do you want to save or screen record an Instagram Reel or outstanding Instagram carousel without notifying anyone? Luckily, Instagram doesn’t notify the creator if you screenshot or screen record their content.
However, keep in mind that the same applies for your own posted content; you won’t get a notification if other people or your followers save or record your posts or your Reels.