Snapchat—How to Screenshot Without Them Knowing


Snapchat has become one of our most popular and most used social media applications. Part of its popularity is the way most of the pictures you send over Snapchat disappear 10 seconds after you look at them. But did you ever get an interesting photo sent to you through Snapchat and want to save it? Normally doing this will send them a notification but, well… what if you don’t want the other person to know you saved the picture?

We’re going to reveal how you can save a photo from chat in Snapchat, from either an iPhone or your Android mobile device, without the user who sent it being notified.

Ready?  Let’s go.

Under normal usage situations, Snapchat notifies the sender of a snap when you screenshot the image they sent you through Snapchat’s chat feature. When you don’t want to get caught capturing a screenshot, you can use these tricks so the sender has no idea that you took a screenshot at all. Maybe the snapper posted something inappropriate or something they think is going to disappear once you see it, never to be seen by the light of day or your eyes ever again. Well, touché, Snapchat deviant.

You’ll need to follow the steps we’re giving you for this to work.

Screenshot Without Notifying the Sender

This method is best for Android users, and works without having to use another app to complete the task at hand.

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure that Snapchat isn’t in travel mode. Go into your Snapchat settings and toggle travel mode off if it’s enabled. Also, make sure that your mobile device isn’t in battery saver mode. Settings is in the same location in the Snapchat app for both iOS and Android. We need snaps to load automatically, and with either of these settings enabled that’s not possible, so don’t skip this part.

Settings Manage    Travel Mode

  • When you receive a new snap, don’t open it right away. Swipe right to chat. If the snap says “tap to view” or “double tap to view,” don’t do it yet. Instead, on your mobile device, turn off your Wi-Fi and Cellular Data connection. This allows you to open the snap and screenshot the image you’ve received. You need to be quick, so get in there, take the screenshot, and get out before the countdown timer ends.  tap to view snap
  • Next, you’re going to close the Snapchat app down completely to prevent it from sending the notification when you reconnect to Wi-Fi.
  • This usually works well enough on Android. If you want to take things a step further, there’s one other precautionary measure you can use, which is clearing the app’s cache. To do this on an Android mobile device, go to “Settings” > “Apps” > “Snapchat” > “Storage.” Then tap on the “Clear Cache” button.

Now you can re-enable your Wi-Fi and Cellular Data connections. You can also resume regular use of the Snapchat App, without the other person knowing you took a screenshot of their snap.

This method doesn’t work on iPhone, though. All this seems to do for iPhone users is delay the notification to the other Snapchat user.

iPhone Users

To capture a secret screenshot on Snapchat for iPhone users, it’s a little more involved.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and open the Quicktime Player application.
  2. Once you’re connected go to QuickTime Player, go to File > New Movie Recording.          New Movie QuickTime
  3. Next, you’ll tap the drop-down arrow next to the red recording button and select your iPhone from the list.  iPhone Quicktime
  4. Then, you should see your iPhone’s display on your Mac’s screen.
  5. Go into the Snapchat app and swipe right to chat.Snapchat on Mac
  6. Now click the record button on the Quicktime Player and open the chat from the person you want to screenshot. Quicktime will record it. You could also take a screenshot from your Mac by holding down Shift + Command + 3 on your keyboard.

That’s a wrap: How to capture screenshots in Snapchat without the sender knowing, on either Android or iPhone. Let us know if you’ve got any other input on the subject. Maybe you know something else we didn’t mention and we can add it to this Snapchat article.

There are also apps that will let you save snaps beyond their normal 10-second lifespans, if you’re interested in going deeper.

Posted by Heather on August 5, 2016

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