How to screenshot Snapchat without them knowing (2021)

How to Take a Screenshot on Snapchat Without Sending Out a Notification

If you use Snapchat, you know that the only way to save a snap/story is to screenshot it. However, the catch is the app notifies the user whose story you grab a screenshot of!

This can be a problem if you don’t want the other person to know that you’re saving their photos. Don’t worry, we’ve got something to help you out. Here are three ways to learn how to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing on iPhone.

  1. Turn on Airplane Mode on iPhone
  2. Use QuickTime on Mac
  3. Use another phone to record

1. Turn on Airplane Mode on iPhone

The easiest way to screenshot Snapchat on the iPhone is simply launching the app, wait for the snap to load, and then enable Airplane mode. Now, you can open the snap-in Airplane mode and take a screenshot. However, this doesn’t always work-sometimes it leaves a notification on their Chat list without sending them a notification. Here’s how you can do it.

Launch Snapchat on your iOS device and swipe over to the page with Snaps and Stories. They may take a couple of seconds to load.

Launch Snapchat and Tap on Discover to Open Snaps and Stories on iPhone

Now, swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or down from the top corner if you’re using an iPhone X or later) to reveal the Control Centre and tap on the Airplane mode button, which is denoted by an airplane.

Turn On Airplane Mode in Control Center on iPhone

Go back to Snapchat and view the snap/story. It should load the image and now you can take a screenshot. Since there is no data or Wi-Fi connection, Snapchat will not be able to notify the other person that you’ve taken a screenshot.

However, once you disable Airplane mode, it might notify the person. To circumvent this:

  1. Close the story and tap on your profile picture.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon from the top right.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Clear CacheClear AllClear.
  4. After this, you can turn off Airplane mode.
Take Screenshot of Snap Stories in Snapchat App on iPhone

3. Use QuickTime on Mac

Connect your phone to your Mac and open QuickTime Player. Next, click on FileNew Movie Recording. Click on the small arrow next to the record button.

For camera and microphone input, select your iPhone. You should see your phone screen on your Mac. Finally, begin screen recording your iPhone on your Mac and start viewing the snaps.

If you need more help, follow this step-by-step article that shows you the above instructions in detail.

If you don’t want to make video recordings of the snaps, and would rather have screenshots instead, follow the initial steps, and instead of screen recording, press Command + Shift + 4 on your Mac. Next, press the Space Bar and take a screenshot of the QuickTime window.

4. Use another phone to record

If you have a spare phone lying around, then you can use it to record the snap or take a picture of it. Simply start viewing the Snapchat story or snap on your iOS device and then use the other phone’s camera to take a picture. For videos, you can use the other device to record.

Video: Take screenshots on Snapchat without them knowing

That’s it!

Snapchat doesn’t officially allow you to take screenshots without notifying the sender. If you want to take screenshots secretly on Snapchat, you’ll have to use the methods described above. We would suggest that you use the screen recorder feature on Mac or the Airplane mode method. The screenshots will be available in the Photos app on your iOS device and can be viewed whenever you like.

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3 comments
  1. Could you please explain how it doesn’t work? Does Snapchat not load or does the person get notified of the screenshot? And did you try the other methods?

  2. Indeed, the airplane mode doesn’t work in this case. But I found an excellent mSpy app that allows you to take screenshots without any notifications.

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