How to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing (2024)

Written By Ava Reviewed By How-to iPhone 6 Min Read

If you use Snapchat, you know the only way to save a snap/story to your camera roll is to screenshot it. However, there’s a catch: Snapchat notifies the sender when you take a screenshot of their snap! This can be a problem if you don’t want the other person to know you’re saving their photos. Don’t worry!

Here, I will share how to take a screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing from iPhone or Mac. But first, update Snapchat to its latest version.

1. Use another phone to capture the Snap

If you have a spare phone, iPad, or camera lying around, you can use it to take a picture of the Snapchat story or record it without the sender knowing. Though it will not produce high-resolution screenshots, it’s still a feasible workaround.

I recommend shooting a video of your screen, as you might be unsure of the length of the Snap. Also, you only have a single chance to replay the Snap, which again notifies the sender.

This method is tried and true, with no way for Snapchat to detect your sneaky saving solution.

2. Record a Snapchat without them knowing using Mac

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and open QuickTime Player using Spotlight Search.

    Open QuickTime Player on Mac
  2. Next, click File → New Movie Recording.

    Open New Movie Recording in File on Mac
  3. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the record button and select your iPhone as the camera input.

    Select your iPhone on Mac

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 to record your iPhone screen.

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.

If you’re skeptical, send a snap to yourself and give this method a test drive first.

3. Use the screen mirroring feature

Use this Snapchat trick to screenshot Snapchat without notification if you want to. So, to cast your phone to an external device, turn on the Screen Mirroring option in your iPhone’s Control Center.

Then record the Snap from that external device. Still, it’s a bit riskier as there are mixed results. Some senders got screenshot alerts, and some didn’t. Therefore, I recommend trying it with a snap you send to yourself to check if it’s a hit or miss!

Which methods don’t work anymore on Snapchat?

  • Recording your screen: Your iPhone comes with a built-in screen recorder. So, you may think of recording the screen of your iPhone while using Snapchat and storing the recordings as video. But this method no longer works. We have tried screen recording, and it does send notifications!
  • Turning on Airplane Mode: It’s an old trick that might work in the older version of Snapchat and iOS. But not now! You may think Airplane mode cuts off all networks, so how can Snapchat send screenshot notifications? Actually, Snapchat is pre-loaded. Therefore, the server will know about your activity on the app.
  • Clearing the cache: Most old Snapchat users have tried this trick. After disconnecting from the internet, you take a screenshot and then delete the cache. So, there must be no records of your activity when the app was reconnected to the internet. But for now, Snapchat has closed this loophole.
  • Third-Party Screen Recorders: This is another old solution that no longer works in the current version of Snapchat. Regardless of the third-party screen recorder you use (and there are countless choices on the app store), the sender will be verified of a screen recording.
Q. Can Snapchat snaps be saved?

Yes, only the snaps with no time limit can be saved. But it will be stored on Snapchat rather than on your device. To save a Snap in the chat, swipe up or press and hold it while viewing it. The same thing is possible on the Chat screen after seeing a Snap. Obviously, the message’s sender can see that you have saved it.

Q. Is it illegal to screenshot someone’s Snap?

It’s not quote-unquote illegal, but it’s a privacy violation. If someone sends a snap with a time limit, obviously, they don’t want you to save it. So, think twice before taking screenshots.

Snapping off…

On iPhones, there isn’t a straightforward way to take a screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing. But there are some unconventional solutions. Remember that Snapchat may update its security patches at any moment.

So, what works today may not work tomorrow, thereby causing embarrassment. Also, I don’t recommend or support screenshotting Snapchats without the sender knowing!

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By Ava Content Editor
Ava is a die-hard Apple aficionado and seasoned writer with a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into easily digestible content. Having honed her writing and editing skills over 3 years at renowned media houses like TechBurner, Ava crafts informative and engaging articles including troubleshooting guides, product reviews, editorials at iGeeksBlog. When not typing, you can find her exploring the latest Apple releases or pondering the future of tech innovation.
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