Snapchat is a great app to stay in touch with strangers, but if we want to save a message without the other person knowing about it, then it gets complicated. How can we screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing and getting a notification?
There used to be several foolproof methods to do it, but the app keeps updating and rendering them useless.
So we will take a look at what should work and what doesn't work anymore, in our guide on how to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing.
How to take a screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing
There are several methods which work, while others have stopped working. One method that surely works is taking a picture of the message with another phone's camera. That is foolproof and will always work, regardless of the app updating.
But that requires another phone or device, is there a simple method? If you have an Android phone you could try screen recording, here's how to do it:
- Swipe down from the top of your screen and open the Quick Settings page, you should find "Screen record". If it's not there, try checking out the second page or adding it by editing the page with the pencil icon;
- Go to the snap you wish to save while the recording is active;
- Stop the recording once you've finished.
Users have reported varying results with this, so try it out first to see if it works. Alternatively, you can ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot while you're viewing the snap, by simply asking "Ok Google, take a screenshot".
Another foolproof method is screen mirroring on another device, for example, a computer or TV, and then recording the screen there. That surely will bypass the application.
What methods of taking a screenshot will alert the user?
On previous versions of the app, you could put the phone in Airplane Mode to bypass its notification that you've taken a screenshot. But that doesn't seem to work anymore. Nor does the trick to delete the cache from the app, after putting the phone in Airplane Mode.
Also, if you have an iPhone then the screen recording trick won't work as that will send an instant notification to the other Snapchat user.
If you're looking for more tips and tricks for the app, take a look at how to recover a deleted account and how to tell if someone blocked you.