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How to Screenshot Snapchat Without Them Knowing


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We all know how popular Snapchat is. It is one of the best photo-sharing apps available in the market. But in terms of functionality, it differs from other similar apps.

Snapchat is designed so that messages and pictures disappear after they are read or opened by the receiver. Once they are gone, you cannot get them back. This is what makes Snapchat unique and different from other photo-sharing apps.

Now how do you save a snap? The obvious way is to take a screenshot! But this is where the problem starts. 

Whenever you take a screenshot of someone’s snap, the app notifies the person. This is a big problem, especially if you don’t want the person to know that you are saving their pictures.

So what do you solve this problem? Don’t worry; we have got the solution for you. Whether you are an iOS or Android user, we have your back.

In this post, we will discuss the ways to screenshot someone’s snaps without letting them know. So without wasting any time, let’s get to the details.

Also read: 30 Cool Snapchat Tricks You Should Know About

What does Snapchat do When you Take a Screenshot?

Snapchat allows you to send and receive both pictures and videos. But when it comes to saving them, the app is not much help.

You can try to save a snap by taking a screenshot. But the problem is that it will let the other person know immediately. If the specific setting is on, they will receive a notification. If not, then it will show up in the chat window.

Understandably, this is one of Snapchat’s safety features. But there are times; you may feel the need to take a screenshot. However, you don’t want the person to know.

Some methods can help you work around this Snapchat feature. But we should warn you that it’s not going to be easy.


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List of Ways to Screenshot Snapchat without Letting Them Know

We have explained methods for both Android and iOS users. Go through the details given below, and you will know what to do.

Method 1: Turn On Airplane Mode

One of the easiest ways to screenshot Snapchat is enabling the Airplane mode on your phone. This method can be used by both iOS and Android users. Just follow these steps, and you are good to go:

  1. Go to Snapchat and make sure that the snaps are loaded. But don’t open them yet. 
  2. Turn on the Airplane mode. Make sure that your phone doesn’t have internet access.
  3. Now open Snapchat again and open the loaded snaps that you want to save.
  4. Take a screenshot of the snaps and wait for at least 30 seconds before disabling the Airplane mode. 

Method 2: Screen Recording

Another effective method is using a screen recorder app. Once again, this method is possible on both Android and iOS devices.

Most modern smartphones have a built-in screen recorder app. This saves you from the trouble of downloading the app.

  1. To screenshot Snapchat, you just have to start recording the screen. Open the Snapchat app, record the snap you want to save, and stop the recording after you are done.
  2. The recorded video will be saved in your phone’s gallery. You can now take a screenshot from the recorded video and delete the unnecessary footage. This way, no one gets to know about your deeds.

If your phone doesn’t have a built-in screen recording app, you can use a third-party screen recorder. You can easily download it from the respective app stores of your phone. 

Method 3: Record Using Another Device

These are probably the easiest tricks to try. All you need to do is use another phone to record the desired snaps or videos on Snapchat

For images, you can just take a picture of the snap, and for videos, you will need to record the whole footage. The quality of the recorded video may not be that good, but it should be doable. Also, it depends on the quality of the phone’s camera that you are recording with.

Method 4: Using Google Assistant (Android)

This method is particularly for Android users who have Google Assistant on their phones. 

But before we discuss the steps, we should warn you that you need to be quick while using this method. It would be better if you practiced it a few times before.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the snap you want to capture and run Google Assistant either by saying “OK Google” or by holding down your phone’s home button. 
  2. Now instruct Google Assistant to take a screenshot. You can also type this into the menu.
  3. Once you have given the command, Google Assistant will capture everything shown on the screen, including the snap.

Note: You cannot save the screenshot directly in your phone’s gallery. But you can share it using other apps like Messaging, Gmail, or Slack. Alternatively, you can also add the screenshot to your Google Photos. 


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Method 5: Using Screen Mirroring

This is another method to capture snaps on Snapchat. But this method isn’t that easy.

This method requires you to use the screen mirroring feature on your phone. Using the screen mirroring option will cast your device on an external device such as a smart TV.

  1. Once you have enabled the screen mirroring feature, open the Snapchat app and use another device to record the video or photo you want to capture. 
  2. After that, you just have to make a few edits, and you will have the snap or video of the person you wanted. 

Also read: How to Add Snapchat Filter to Camera Roll Pictures?

Capturing someone’s snaps or videos without their permission is not the right thing to do. We hope you don’t misuse these tricks. You must apply these methods only when it is needed. 

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Mehul Boricha
Mehul Boricha is the founder of Tech Arrival & Astute Links. He is a computer and smartphone geek from Junagadh, Gujarat, India. He is a Computer Engineer by Education & an Entrepreneur by Passion. Apart from technology geek, he is an audiophile & loves to connect with people.

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