As most of you know, Instagram has been a huge source of fame, fortune, and developing friendships since its launch back in 2010. It definitely embodies the best balance between visual content and connecting people globally! Unfortunately, the devil is in the details when you’re constantly sharing your life’s highlight reel with the world. With over 500 million users daily, you are bound to run into people using this great tool to spread negativity and gossip.
Since keeping you in the know is Rob the Phone Doctor’s main priority, we want to teach you how people will…
Avoid Getting Caught Taking Instagram Story Screenshots With This Hot Tip
Instagram is finally catching up to Snapchat’s standpoint on user privacy. They have decided that, yeah, maybe allowing people take screenshots of your public story will lead to seriously sticky situations. This is not a surprise to anyone who has delved into social media land, and statistics show that “over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.” Anonymous screenshots have definitely helped Instagram become a hub of cyber bullying.
Since “only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim” privacy concerns are becoming a huge issue in a world where most people love having something to laugh at. Usually these chuckles come at the expense of an undeserving soul’s reputation. Unfortunately, even with Instagram’s new screenshot privacy settings, people will still be able to capture your public stories!
We want you to be informed as possible, so we will be teaching you how to get around their new screenshot alert, but remember that with great power comes great responsibility…
You Are Probably Wondering How You Will Be Able To See Who Has Been Taking Screenshots Of Your Instagram Stories After The New Update…
Good bye freedom to screenshot IG stories. 💔 Thank you, Instagram for the warning. pic.twitter.com/y0pEaVR0Jq
— mulan (@__cajb) February 8, 2018
As it turns out, this new alert will not send a notification to your Smartphone or iPhone. Instead, the sneaky screencapper will be added to the list of people who have seen your Instagram story. To notify you that a person has taken a screenshot, Instagram chose to implement a special circle icon next to the name of the culprit.
Surprisingly, screenshot alerts have been a main feature of Instagram’s direct message system for a while, but they chose to hold off on adding this feature to public stories due to the impact stories have on engagement. It seems that whenever advertising dollars will be impacted, social media companies are the first to allow privacy to fall by the wayside. Instagram is finally addressing this issue by mimicking the system Snapchat has used for years…privacy first.
So How Do You Avoid Getting Caught Taking Instagram Story Screenshots?
The best way to avoid showing up in the list of people who have creepily screenshot an Instagram story would be never doing it in the first place. But since you have to do what you have to do, there are a couple straightforward ways for you to have a few laughs with your equally petty friends.
When it comes to screenshots from a Smartphone or iPhone, having your Wifi set to “On” is an instant game killer. When you are looking to grab a screenshot on mobile, your best bet is to have the Instagram story that you want to capture pre-loaded, then immediately set your phone to “Airplane Mode” before actually taking a screencap. Luckily, most mobile phones will have up to two stories loaded without Wifi, so with Instagram’s infinite re-watch ability you’ll be able to avoid getting caught taking screenshots to your hearts content.
If you’re in the mood to take care of business from a laptop or computer, most have a built in screenshot option which will not trigger Instagram’s list of story viewers. You won’t have to worry about the newfound icon of embarrassment showing up anywhere in that person’s feed. Not to mention, you probably have more options for making memes that would become a hit at dinner parties when you’re not using a Smartphone or iPhone!
Now You Know How To Avoid Getting Caught Taking Instagram Story Screenshots With This Hot Tip
Disclaimer: Rob the Phone Doctor is not liable for any potential friendships lost utilizing these tactics. Also, we do not recommend cyber bullying of any kind. Research has shown the effects of cyber bullying to be just as potentially harmful as its in person counterpart.