How To Tell if Someone Screenshots your Facebook Messenger Conversation

Posted by Jamie on May 1, 2019

Can you tell if someone screenshots Facebook Messenger? Does Facebook notify the other person like Snapchat does? Will they know if I take a copy of a chat?

Snapchat has that screenshot notification system that shows an eye icon if someone has taken a screenshot of a post or Story. Facebook does not. Anyone can take a copy of an image, a screenshot of your page, post or Facebook Messenger without you knowing. Of all of the security features Facebook has introduced since launch, notifications of that type are not among them.

Whenever you use Facebook you should always assume that anything you post, chat about or even mention is not private and could be seen by anyone. Once you have that in your mind, it doesn’t matter whether someone screenshots Facebook Messenger or not.

How to screenshot Facebook Messenger

There are several ways to screenshot Facebook Messenger depending on whether you use a phone, desktop or something else. Whatever method you use, there is no current mechanism within Facebook that detects whether a screenshot has been taken. If Facebook doesn’t know, it cannot tell the user.

If you’re asking because you want to take a screenshot, you’re in luck.

In Android, taking a screenshot is straightforward. Just open Messenger where you want to capture and hold down Power and Volume down. This will take a screenshot of the active screen and save it to your Gallery. It will be stored in DCIM/Screenshots.

On iPhone, have the screen open where you want to take the image and hold the top or side button on the phone. Then press and release the Home button. They will be stored in the Screenshots area of your Albums.

On an iPad, do the same but press the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Up.

On Mac, arrange the screen and press Command + Shift + 5 and Capture Screen/Window or Portion depending on your needs.

In Windows you just need to hit the PrtScn key on your keyboard. If you don’t have one of those, use Windows key + Shift + S to bring up the Screen Snip tool and take it from there.

If you’re on the other side of the equation and you think someone has taken a screenshot of something you didn’t want shared, you’re unfortunately out of luck.

Facebook Secret Conversations

We don’t use Facebook because it is secure. We use it because all our friends use it. That doesn’t mean you have to sign away all privacy and hope for the best though. You could use Facebook Secret Conversations for chats you really don’t want shared. As long as you bear in mind that they can be screenshotted too!

Facebook Secret Conversations was introduced to Messenger as a feature a while ago but has to be enabled to be used. It uses the Signal Protocol to encrypt your messages and have them self-destruct after a given time. Both ends of the conversation need to have Facebook Secret Conversations enabled on a compatible device and you need to set that timer when setting up the app. After that, using it is a breeze.

To use Facebook Secret Conversations, do this:

  1. Update your Messenger to the latest version and get the person you’re chatting with to do the same.
  2. Open the Chats screen and select the Edit icon in the top right of the screen.
  3. Select Secret in the top right of that screen.
  4. Select the person you want to chat to from the list.
  5. Select the time icon to set a timer for the messages to self-destruct.

Facebook Secret Conversations allows you to chat, send images, stickers, videos and voice recordings and works just like standard Messenger. Your conversations use end-to-end encryption but they can still be screenshotted without your knowledge.

Facebook and privacy

You should approach social media with the mindset of not putting anything on any network that you wouldn’t want the world to see. Once it’s out there, it’s out there and people can do whatever they like with it. That means bearing in mind what you say, how you say it, what kind of images you share, videos you send and audio recordings you might upload.

Even if you trust the person, it doesn’t mean you will always trust them or that they will always keep your information safe. Always assume the worst and hope for the best. With social networks as huge and as open as the ones we have, it’s all you can do.

Do you know of any ways to make Facebook Messenger more secure? Have any stories about having chats shared without your knowledge? Tell us about them below if you do!

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