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Capture a Screenshot of a SnapchatBy this point in time, you should understand that any and everything put online can be made public. This goes for all the major social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Snapchat. While the messages sent via Snapchat will disappear after a certain amount of time, this does not mean they are gone forever. There are ways to capture a screenshot of a Snapchat.
The reason that this screen capture is possible is mainly because the security used by SnapChat is a bit sub-par. In fact, the method used to do this is considered non-technical, making it able to be done by virtually anyone.
In the past, there was a method that required a number of steps, a computer and quite a bit of technical know-how. However, there is now a method that requires just two actions – for iPhone users:
- Open the image in SnapChat prior to it reaching the expiration time.
- Take a screenshot of the picture by pressing the power and home buttons. (as of July 2015 you no longer have to keep a finger on the screen).
- Double tap the home button to access the application bar. For iPhone users it really is that easy.
Keep in mind, there is now a feature that has been implemented by SnapChat that sends a notification to the picture taker of the screenshot, the good news is, there is a way to bypass this, as well.
This process is a bit more involved, and it is a good idea to try it out on your own SnapChat prior to attempting it with someone elses:
- Turn your phone on Airplane mode. This eliminates the internet notification and will prevent a notification from being sent to the other person
- For Apple devices – swipe up at the bottom of the screen and press the airplane symbol.
- Android devices – For most, go to ‘Settings,’ scroll down to ‘Wireless and Networks,’ touch ‘more’ and then choose ‘Airplane Mode.’
- Confirm SnapChat is offline. This is noted by the red bar at the top of the screen which will read, “Could not refresh. Please try again.”
- Open the SnapChat you want to screenshot.
- Take the screenshot. This can be done by pressing power and home buttons at the same time (on most devices).
- Log out of SnapChat by tapping ‘Settings’ and ‘Log out.’
- Close the SnapChat app. Even when you return to the home screen on the phone, SnapChat is running the background. To avoid having a notification sent, it has to be closed completely:
- Apple devices – tap the home button twice and swipe to the right or left to close.
- Android devices – Press ‘Recent Apps’ at the bottom of the screen and swipe SnapChat to the right.
- Turn off Airplane mode.
- Open SnapChat – You should not see “Screenshot” when you do this, which means the other person will not know the screenshot has been taken.