Instagram Testing Alerts That Notify Users When People Screenshot Their Stories

Application developers are not misleading the purpose of creating this function

The days of quietly lurking on someone's Instagram may be numbered, as the app begins testing a feature that would let you know if somebody has screenshotted your story.

At present, it appears that users see a "warning" when the feature is activated, saying that the next time they screenshot a story, it will be visible. As seen from the image attached above, the users will get notified by a loading image next to the person who has taken a screenshot. The feature places a circular shutter icon next to the name of the account that took a screenshot or screen recording of your content.

It looks like the feature is now available to a small number of users, with a wider roll-out expected soon. Not everyone has reacted to this new test feature just yet; but it looks like it will be business as usual for Instagram.

The feature is however still under development but at least its confirmed to be in the making. While Snapchat is more suited towards the younger crowd, Instagram has usually held a reputation for being the more level-headed of the two, treating its users like normal people and not giving them ridiculous restrictions. Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it's now testing a screenshot warning system for Stories.

If rolled out, this feature would essentially align Instagram with Snapchat in terms of how the platform deals with screenshots. There are still ways to take screenshots without getting detected.

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Or you can download and use an app like Story Reposter, which will also allow you to save people's Stories without them knowing.

Most probably Instagram is testing this feature to see if it has any prominent impact on the user engagement, before finalizing the decision whether the company should roll out the feature for all users or not.

It's not the first time Instagram has notified users when someone screenshots their photo.

According to some sources, if you pop your phone on airplane mode you can safely screenshot without the other person knowing, which is handy to know.

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