How To Screenshot an Instagram Story
Does Instagram still notify you if someone takes a screenshot of your Story? How can you screenshot an Instagram Story? Where are they saved on your phone? These questions and others will be answered right here!
Despite being owned by notorious data harvester Facebook, the social network is actually pretty good at letting you use the platform without surrendering all your personal details. You can browse anonymously, watch videos and ready Stories anonymously and now you can screenshot someone Story anonymously too.
If you once saw “Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see” messages in Instagram, if you try it again now, you won’t see it. That message was apparently added at the beginning of 2018 and removed in the October 2018 update.
Those notifications weren’t universal. I never saw one even when preparing Instagram tutorials for TechJunkie last year. Yet I know of people who were notified and the story spread like wildfire.
Does Instagram still notify you if someone takes a screenshot of your Story?
Where once Instagram notified you if someone took a screenshot of your Story, it now doesn’t. Updated last October, newer versions of Instagram have removed the notification feature altogether. It didn’t work as well as planned and was easily circumvented using Airplane Mode or one of a bunch of tricks to take a screenshot without alerting the uploader. It was a neat idea but didn’t quite work.
Now you can take screenshots to your heart’s content and nobody will be any the wiser!
How to take screenshots of an Instagram Story
You can take screenshots from inside Instagram or use third party tools depending on what you want to achieve. A screenshot from within Instagram will include the entire screen, not just the Story so will need cropping or editing to get right. Using some third party tools, you can capture the Story and nothing else.
To take a screenshot from within Instagram just open the Story and press Power and Volume Down for Android or press and hold the Power button and press Home. On iPhone X you press and hold the Side button on the right and press Volume Up.
Where are screenshots saved on your phone?
Once you take a screenshot, you will want to know where to find them right? On Android, they will appear in your Gallery or within your DCIM and Screenshot folder.
In iOS, screenshots are accessible through the Albums app and selecting Screenshots.
Using a third party app to screenshot an Instagram Story
You will notice from taking a screenshot on your phone that the entire screen has been captured. It will required a little editing to make the most of it, which isn’t a problem but is an extra step you may not need. There is a way to take a shot of just the Story and save it which may save you time.
- Open the Story you want to keep and copy the URL.
- Navigate to DownloadGram and enter the URL into the center box.
- A cropped downloadable snapshot of that Story will appear.
- Select Save Image or download to do just that.
If you don’t know how to access the Story URL, that’s straightforward too.
- Open the Story and select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
- Select Copy Link from the popup menu.
- Paste the link into DownloadGram.
There are a couple of apps for both Android and iOS that do a similar thing to this web app. Story Saver for Instagram for Android is a decent one. It is free and contains ads but works fine. It’s an insta downloader that lets you save Stories onto your phone quickly and easily. A recent update to the app has gathered some complaints because of the ads but otherwise the app works fine.
The KeepStory app for iOS does something similar. It allows you to scan and search Instagram for Stories and download them to your phone. It is designed for social media marketing and has a reposting function but the screenshotting tool is the one we’re interested in.
Screenshot your Instagram Story wisely
I’m not going to tell you how to use Instagram or whether to screenshot or not. I will just suggest doing it wisely and for the right reasons. People tend to upload things to Instagram Stories that they are confident won’t be there in a day or two. That means they might post things they wouldn’t normally or wouldn’t expect to be held against them in the future.
If you do decide to screenshot, don’t be that person and wheel it out when you want to embarrass someone or hold it against them. That isn’t cool and won’t win you any new Followers on Instagram or anywhere else.