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Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot a Highlight?

Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a highlight?

Can you see if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights?

If you recently posted an Instagram highlight, you might have these couple of questions in mind.

Conversely, you might be wondering if Instagram notifies the person if you took a screenshot of their highlight.

Taking screenshots on Instagram can be risky, especially if you’ve no idea whether Instagram will notify the person of it.

This is because it can be creepy if the person knows that you took a screenshot of their highlight.

In this article, you’ll learn whether Instagram notifies when someone screenshots your Instagram highlight, story, or post.

Table of Contents

  1. Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a highlight?
  2. Can you see if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights?
  3. Can you see who viewed your Instagram highlights?
  4. Does Instagram notify when someone screenshots your story?
  5. Does Instagram notify when someone screenshots your post?
  6. How to remove close friends on Instagram highlights
  7. Conclusion

Does Instagram notify when you screenshot a highlight?

Instagram highlights

No, Instagram does not notify when you screenshot someone’s highlight.

No, Instagram does not notify the person if you take a screenshot of their highlight.

However, if you take a screenshot of a disappearing photo/video in a direct message, the person will be notified of it.

Instagram will only notify if you screenshot a disappearing photo/video in a direct message.

If you were to screenshot a disappearing photo/video, it’ll send a notification to the person that you did.

There’ll also be a “windmill” icon beside the photo/video that indicates a screenshot.

Since Instagram only notifies a disappearing photo/video screenshot, you don’t have to worry about someone knowing that you took a screenshot of their highlight.

In the past, Instagram used to notify users if you took a screenshot of their highlight.

But there is a prerequisite for it—the highlight needs to be added before 24 hours.

In addition, the highlight needs to be from a new story, and not an archived one.

Otherwise, the person won’t be notified that you took a screenshot of their highlight.

In mid-2018, Instagram has removed the screenshot notification feature that alerts you of stalkers.

Before that, if you were to screenshot a highlight, Instagram will notify the person of it if it’s up for less than 24 hours.

Instagram stated that the feature was inspired by Snapchat and that they simply tested it to improve the platform’s experience.

The screenshot notification feature has sparked controversy, and it was eventually taken down on June 14, 2018.

Until Instagram brings the screenshot notification feature back, no one will be notified of a highlight screenshot.

Can you see if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights?

Instagram highlight

No, you won’t be able to see if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights.

If someone screenshots your highlights, Instagram will not notify you of it.

Ever since Instagram took down the screenshot notification feature in mid-2018, you can no longer tell if someone took a screenshot of your highlights.

If someone takes a screenshot of your Instagram highlights, you won’t be notified of it.

There is no way you can tell if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights in the present.

This is because Instagram has removed the screenshot notification feature in mid-2018.

Before that, you can see if someone screenshots your Instagram highlights if it has been up for less than 24 hours.

However, if it has been up for more than 24 hours (or if it’s an archived story), you won’t be notified if someone takes a screenshot of it.

But since the screenshot notification feature is removed, you don’t have to worry about this.

Can you see who viewed your Instagram highlights?

Can you see who viewed your Instagram highlights?

In a nutshell, you can only see who viewed your Instagram highlights if you added a story that is up for less than 24 hours to them.

You can only see who viewed your Instagram highlights if you added a story that is up for less than 24 hours to them.

If the story has been up for more than 24 hours or you added an archived story to your highlights, you won’t be able to see who viewed it.

You can only see who viewed your Instagram highlights if the story was up for less than 24 hours.

If the story on your highlights has been up for more than 24 hours, you won’t be able to see who viewed your highlights.

In addition, the highlight needs to be added from a recent story.

This means that if you were to add a highlight from an archived story, you won’t be able to see who viewed it even though it has just been added.

The viewer list is only visible for new stories that are added to your highlight and not archived (old) ones.

If you were to add an archived story (old story) to your highlights, the viewer list will not be visible to you.

Does Instagram notify when someone screenshots your story?

Does Instagram notify when someone screenshots your story?

No, Instagram does not notify when someone screenshots your story.

As of June 14, 2018, Instagram will no longer notify you when someone takes a screenshot of your story.

This is due to the removal of the screenshot notification feature.

On February 12, 2018, Instagram introduced a screenshot notification feature.

The feature notifies you whenever someone takes a screenshot of your story.

However, not everyone had the feature as it was only being rolled out to some users.

The introduction of the feature was inspired by Snapchat’s screenshot notification, which exposes “stalkers”.

Instagram launched the feature to test whether it’ll improve the platform’s experience.

However, the feature has sparked controversy, and it’s later removed in an update a few months later on June 14.

Since the removal of the screenshot notification feature, you can no longer tell if someone takes a screenshot of your story.

However, you will be notified if someone took a screenshot of a disappearing photo/video that you sent them in the DMs (direct messages).

Does Instagram notify when someone screenshots your post?

Instagram post

Instagram does not notify you when someone screenshots your post.

When someone screenshots your post, Instagram will not notify you of it.

If you want to prevent someone from taking a screenshot of your post, you have to block them and change your profile to private (if you haven’t already).

There is no way for Instagram to detect if someone takes a screenshot of your post.

Similarly, there is no way you can prevent someone from taking a screenshot of your post unless you’ve blocked them.

Yet again, the person can use another account to view your profile.

So the only way to prevent someone from taking a screenshot of your posts is to block them and change your profile to private (if you haven’t already).

Only then you can prevent a specific person from taking a screenshot of your posts.

That being said, you have to make sure to not post anything that you don’t want others to screenshot.

Even if you’ve deleted your post, someone who has taken a screenshot of it will still have a copy.

How to remove close friends on Instagram highlights

Remove close friends on Instagram

To remove your close friends on Instagram highlights, you need to remove the person from your close friends’ list.

To remove your close friends on Instagram highlights, navigate to your profile > menu > close friends > remove.

Once you remove someone from your close friends’ list, they can no longer view your highlights and stories that are set to “Close friends” only.

In order to do that, you have to navigate to your profile > menu > close friends > remove.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can remove close friends on your Instagram highlights:

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Go to your profile.
  3. Tap on the menu on the top-right corner of your profile.
  4. Select “Close friends” to access your close friends’ list.
  5. Search for the user that you want to remove from your close friends’ list and tap on “Remove”.

After you removed someone from your close friends’ list, they can no longer see your highlights and stories that are set to close friends.

However, they will still be able to see your public highlights and stories.

Conclusion

Instagram screenshot notifications can be quite confusing in the past.

However, ever since the removal of the screenshot notification on June 14, 2018, the notification policy is pretty straightforward.

At the present, Instagram will only notify screenshots of disappearing photos/videos in your direct messages.

Specifically, Instagram will only notify screenshots of a photo or a video that is set to “View once” or “Allow replay” in your direct messages.

Screenshots of a post, story, or highlight will not be notified by Instagram.

Further Reading

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