Instagram is Testing Screenshot Alert Feature for Stories

Instagram is Testing Screenshot Alert Feature for Stories

Instagram is Testing Screenshot Alert Feature for Stories

Instagram is reportedly working on a new feature that will warn you if someone takes a screenshot of your story. There is hope: if people stop watching stories because they can't creep on others, Instagram could cancel the new notifications before they even roll it out to everyone.

It's hard to see who exactly will benefit from this feature - if your stories are already public, then the possibility of someone screenshotting them is always there, laying dormant. Users who took part in the testing were notified through alerts whenever someone tried to take screenshot of their story, as reported by TechCrunch. This will help identify the one who published a story to correctly identify the person who took a screenshot.

Instagram has stated they are working on a new feature that will inform a user if any of their Stories are being picked up by others. You could, for example, switch to "airplane" mode on your phone when you take the screenshot...

Another workaround that'll avoid the feature involves using an internet browser.


Prior to the new test, folks were only notified when a screenshot was taken of a private direct message.

The Instagram Stories feature is a close copy from Snapchat, with parent company Facebook trying to capitalize on the success of the booming social network.

This, means that users will be safe from the star icon, the first time they attempt to take a shot of someone's InstaStory. The general idea is that anytime a user takes a screenshot of one of their friend's stories, a warning appears.

That's largely because Snapchat is known for its ephemeral nature, wherein users can privately send and receive messages that disappear after up to 10 seconds.

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