Snapchat—How to Screenshot Without Them Knowing


Snapchat has become one of the most popular and highly used social media applications of our time. Did you ever get an interesting photo sent to you through Snapchat in the chat section and want to save it, but not want the other person to know? Well, now you can save the image—which usually expires after ten seconds of you viewing it.

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

Ready?  Let’s go.

Under normal usage situations, Snapchat notifies the sender of a snap when you’ve screenshotted an image they’ve 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 without detouring off in another direction for this to work.

Screenshot Without Notifying the Sender

This method works and is best for Android users 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.  The Settings location is the same 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 received 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 sender knowing you took the screenshot of their snap.

All this seems to do for iPhone users is delay the notification to the other Snapchat user that you’ve screenshotted their snap.

iPhone Users

To capture a 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, and Quicktime will record it. You could also do 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 from 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.


Posted by Heather on August 5, 2016

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