Warning: Instagram now notifies people when you take a screenshot

Tell everyone you know and care about ASAP

This is huge news but don’t panic – we’ll talk you through this.

When Instagram recently announced that people would be notified whenever someone has taken a screenshot, we all assumed the worst. Did this suddenly mean that our Instagram crushes would know that we’ve been screenshotting their holiday snaps, sending them to our sisters like ‘this is what vacaying with your future brother-in-law will be like FYI’!?

And, oh god, will our girl crush at work know that you’ve been screenshotting all her outfits and ferociously sending them to your friends WhatsApp group like ‘I NEED THIS.’ The list is endless, and worrying as hell. All in all, this was going to be catastrophic.

But, after much research, trial and error (AKA screenshotting our mate’s photos then calling them immediately to demand if they’d been notified and then getting a confused and bemused ‘what?’ back), we’ve discovered that this update only affects Instagram direct so far, anyway.

When Instagram stories was release, we all divided into three teams: those who jumped ship immediately, those who decided to boycott it altogether (oh hi Kylie Jenner) and others who somehow have the time and energy to do both.

OK, so let us explain because there really isn’t a need to worry too much. Basically what it means is that when you receive someone’s Instagram story directly (which lasts for 24 hours), they already know you’ve looked at it because you can see this by default, but now they WILL also be notified when and if you screenshot something from that direct message.

So watch with caution, people. So yes, you can continue to screenshot (ahem, stalk) someone’s Instagram page to your heart’s content but it might also be safest to save your gossiping for when you’re with your coven IRL. Time to go old school…

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