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Screenshots on Instagram Stories: What Business Owners Need to Know in 2023

Published July 17, 2023

With 1.28 billion active users per month, Instagram is among the top 5 most popular social media platforms. Therefore, if you want to gain more followers, you should understand how the platform works and how its users engage with the content. One question that often comes up is whether or not Instagram notifies users when someone takes a screenshot of their story.

This information is important for two reasons. First, it would be useful to know whether your followers screenshot your stories. Second, you should know if others can tell you sometimes snap a picture of their stories. 

So, let’s find out!

Does Instagram Notify When You Screenshot a Story?

No, Instagram does not alert users when someone screenshots their story. That is true for both individual users and business accounts. It’s important to note, though, that the platform does let users know when a direct message is screenshotted. This feature is in place to protect users’ privacy and ensure that conversations remain private.

In other words, nothing stops your followers from screenshotting your story to share it with their friends or save it for later. You should be aware of this potential problem so you can ensure that your stories contain only the information you feel comfortable being spread on the Internet.
Another important aspect to consider is that Instagram’s algorithm takes into account the engagement on a story, including screenshots. So, while other users won’t know you are taking snaps of their stories, the algorithm will reward these stories for getting more engagement. That way, you will increase their visibility on the platform. At the same time, people who snap a picture of your stories will do the same for you.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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