The initial premise of Snapchat was that carefree users could send photos and videos feeling safe knowing that their content would expire in a matter of seconds. The post was lost to digital history. However, once something digital hits the stratosphere, you can never be sure that it is gone forever. One feature that gives users peace of mind is the screenshot notification. Every time you take a screenshot of a user’s Snapchat using the traditional method, the user receives a notification.
Screenshot cheat sheets have been circulating the internet since 2011, when the app was released. People had tried everything from putting their phones into airplane mode and forcing the app to close before Snapchat recorded the screenshot. They try to use manual techniques like using someone else’s phone to capture what’s on their screen.
Snapchat shut down many of these avenues, including third-party apps that promised to hide screenshot activity. Still, there is an open avenue. It does not include requesting a friend’s smartphone to document any interaction they have on Snapchat. Read on to find out what it is.
How to take secret screenshots on Snapchat
The secret to taking screenshots on Snapchat lies within the trusted iOS native toolkit. The screen recording feature is used to capture your interaction on the social media app. Although Android users had to wait for the screen recording feature, it is now available for phones running Android 10 and later.
Note: Based on our testing in May 2021, the other user did not receive a screenshot notification. But, the comments we have received from our readers indicated yes. If this is the method you would like to use, it is best to try it out with a friend first.
Secret Snapchats Screenshot Using an iPhone
IPhone users were once able to screen-record a Snap without being detected. Unfortunately, in May 2021, that was no longer possible. Based on our tests, the other user received a notification for both the screenshots and the screen recording feature.
Even third-party apps on the App Store don’t seem very trustworthy. Most of the apps we tested didn’t work at all. Others still sent a notification. Of course, this could be due to the latest updates. So if you’re trying to use a third-party app to take screenshots, keep checking the App Store.
This situation leaves only one option for iPhone users: use another device. You will need to use another phone, tablet, etc. to capture a Snap and avoid sending those screenshot notifications to the other party.
Taking Secret Snapchats Screenshots Using Android
Before Android 10, there were many third-party screen recording apps and even some solutions in the Androids game launcher. But now, there is a screen recording feature like the iPhone.
How to use screen recording feature in Android 10+ to secretly take screenshots
Android users can open the Snap they are interested in in the screenshot and then go down from the top of their phone to access the control panel.
- Open the Snap you want to capture.
- Access the “Control Panel” pulling down from the top of the screen.
- Swipe, locate and select the “Screen Recorder” function.
- Tap on “Record.”
- A countdown begins, then you have successfully captured an image of the Snap on your phone. You can also touch the “Stop” to finish recording and a screenshot alert will not appear.
The only time you can’t start a screen recording is when you’re in the middle of a snapshot, so it’s best to find out if a shot will justify the recording before opening.
Be cautious. There are cases where the sender is notified if they have taken a screenshot or recorded their photo or video. If you are currently in an older version of the application, you can safely screen the content of correspondents, knowing that they do not know their ways of exploitation. Your best bet is to test it on another friend’s Snap (someone who doesn’t care that you’re taking screenshots) before trying it.
Using airplane mode to secretly take Snapchat screenshots – does it work?
There used to be a simple solution for taking screenshots, but of course, like any good developer, Snapchat figured out the solution and removed it. The answer is no. This workaround no longer works.
Based on testing conducted in May 2021, Snapchat alerted our beloved recipient every time we took a screenshot.
What we tested:
- Activate airplane mode, deactivate Wifi, open the plugin and take a screenshot.
- Activate airplane mode, keep Wi-Fi on, open the plugin and take a screenshot.
- Open the Snap, then activate Airplane Mode.
- Close Snapchat, turn on airplane mode, and then reopen the app and the screenshot.
No matter what we did, the screenshot notification appeared.
Of course, If you’re running an older version of Snapchat on an old phone, you might be able to get away with it. We will leave the instructions here. Just be aware; Try it first with a close friend.
To take a screenshot without notifying anyone when using Android 9 or earlier Y on an older version of Snapchat, do this:
- Open Snapchat and head over to the plugin, but don’t open it yet. I should still say “New Snap”.
- Let Snapchat run in the background as you go to your phone settings and activate “Airplane mode.”
- Go to the Snap you would like to capture and take your screenshot. DO NOT get out of airplane mode yet.
- Exit Snap and go to your “profile” in the upper right corner.
- Tap on the “Settings” gear in the upper right corner.
- Tap “Clear cache” under “Account Actions”, then select “Clear all.”
- Once you have cleared the cache, you can close Snapchat and activate “Airplane mode” off.
Disclaimer: If you didn’t know already, this is morally dubious and may only work on Android 9 or earlier, even if it’s just a hysterically unflattering selfie from your newly started grandparents.
Snapchat Secret Screenshot FAQs
Is it illegal to take screenshots of someone’s Snapchat content?
While we’ve mentioned that it’s morally frowned upon to take screenshots of someone’s Snapchat uploads, it’s not necessarily illegal to do so. The legality of such an action depends on quite a few factors.
Simply taking a screenshot is not illegal. Anyone using the app is putting something on the internet for you to see.
Now, what you do with the screenshot is another matter. Aside from the possible civil repercussions (someone may have a viable claim against you depending on copyright infringement), there are some serious legal consequences you could face.
The first legal issue you might run into is what the screenshot includes. Assuming it is an explicit image of a minor, just possessing such an image can get you in trouble for life.
The second is extortion; taking a picture of someone without their consent and telling them that they will share it if they don’t comply with your demands has been in the news recently.
There are other legal ramifications (we’re not attorneys, so don’t get too deep into the subject) of taking screenshots of someone’s content on Snapchat, but it’s also worth mentioning that you could be kicked out of using the app. If the person whose content you captured finds out, they can report it to Snapchat. Therefore your account could be deactivated for violating community guidelines.
Can i delete a snap after i send it?
If you’ve read this article and decided you’d like to remember something you sent to another user on Snapchat, it is possible. Go to your messages and press and hold the Snap or the message.
A pop-up menu appears and you can tap “Delete”. The Snap disappears once you have confirmed your action (although the other user will see that you have deleted something). You’re probably safe if the person hasn’t opened the Snap yet. But if they opened it up and took a screenshot, there’s no going back.
Why does Snapchat include screenshot notifications?
Screenshot notifications are becoming more prominent with app development. The iPhone, for example, now notifies users if someone takes a screenshot of their FaceTime call. Developers now include these features because users must preserve a degree of privacy on the Internet.
While Snapchat can’t stop you from taking a screenshot, it can at least let the other person know. As a Snapchat user, it’s always best to avoid putting anything online that you don’t want everyone to see.
Does the Screen Record function capture images / videos without notifying the user?
Yes, as of 3/26/2021, secret screen recording with “Screen Recorder” feature has been tested and it still works for both photos and videos.
Is the third-party app/aeroplane mode workaround used in the past still working?
No, even if you used a particular app or method in the past, Snapchat has fixed the issues that made these outdated methods work.