How to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing
The initial premise of Snapchat was that happy-go-lucky users could send pictures and videos with abandon, safe in the knowledge their content would expire after a matter of seconds, lost to the annals of digital history.
Except there’s a reason you’ve never heard the term “annals of digital history” before. Such a place doesn’t exist. Once something digital goes out into the stratosphere, you can never be sure it’s gone for good. Exemplified perfectly by the screenshot cheat sheets that have circulated the internet since 2011, when the app launched.
People have tried everything, from putting their phones on airplane mode and force quitting the app before Snapchat registers the screenshot, to the altogether more manual technique of using someone else’s phone to capture what’s appearing on your screen.
Snapchat has closed off lots of these avenues now, including third-party apps that promised the elusive secret screenshot, but there’s one avenue left open (to iPhone users at least) and it doesn’t include the undignified rigmarole of soliciting a friend’s smartphone to document whatever saucy, salacious, or downright sordid interaction you’re having on Snapchat. Read on to find out just what that is….
How to screenshot on Snapchat
To access Screen Record on your iPhone:
Head to Settings, Control Center, then Customize Controls. There’ll be a list of functionalities your iPhone can perform.
Peruse them until you find a small, red circular button labeled “Screen Recording”. Tap the small green cross to add it to the Control Centre’s roster (a red button will appear to its left), and you’re away.
To activate screen recording, tap the icon with two concentric circles – see bottom left of the screenshot on the right, below.
The only time you can’t initiate a screen recording is when you’re in the middle of viewing a snap, so it’s best to glean whether or not a snap will warrant recording before you open.
Be wary, there are instances in which the sender will be notified if you’ve screenshotted/recorded their photo/video, namely if you’ve updated to Snapchat version 10.17.5 or later. If you’re currently in a preceding version of the app, you can screen record correspondents’ content safe in the knowledge they’re none the wiser to your duplicitous ways.
Screenshot Workaround – Using Airplane Mode
You’ll have to be very careful using this method because if it isn’t done correctly you’ll let the other user know you’ve captured an image of their content. To take a screenshot without notifying anyone, do this:
- Open Snapchat and hot to the snap but don’t open it up just yet. It should still say “New Snap”
- Let Snapchat run in the background while you head over to settings and enter Airplane Mode
- Go to the Snap you’d like to capture and take your screenshot. DON’T go out of Airplane Mode yet
- Back out of the Snap and go to your profile icon in the upper right-hand corner
- Tap on the settings cog in the upper right-hand corner
- Tap ‘Clear Cache’ under ‘Account Actions’ and tap ‘Clear All’
- Once you’ve cleared the Cache you can close Snapchat and turn Airplane Mode off.
Disclaimer: If you didn’t already know it, this is totally morally dubious. Even if it is just a hysterically unflattering selfie of your recently initiated grandparents.