Instagram is testing a new feature that will notify users when someone decides to take a screenshot of their temporary Instagram Stories.
For the social media savvy among you, you may have noticed a similar feature that already exists to alert users of screenshots taken on Snapchat.
How does the feature work?
According to Techcrunch, users screenshotting stories will be greeted with a warning pop-up in the app stating the next time they screenshot a user’s story, that user will be alerted by a circular icon shown next to a person’s name in the story’s ‘Seen By’ list.
The pop-up warnings from the app that states: ‘Next time you take a screenshot or screen recording, the person who posted the story will be able to see it.’
In a statement to TechCrunch Instagram acknowledged the test, saying ‘we are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.’
How to screenshot on Instagram without them knowing
For the people who prefer a bit of privacy – there are a few ways you can try to avoid alerting people that you’re snapping pics of their stories.
According to Lifehacker.com, there are two options to avoid alerting users.
First, if you’re using your smartphone, you can try switching your device into airplane mode, and then take a screenshot of the image.
Should you be on your desktop or laptop instead, you can check out Instagram’s web page and simply screenshot the story from your browser window.