Taking screenshots of Instagram posts is a right of social media passage. We all do it, but a recent update to the app has avid Instagram users on edge.
After news broke that Instagram would be alerting users when friends take a screenshot of their “disappearing messages,” many people became extremely paranoid that Instagram is also sending notifications when they take a screenshot of a photograph.
Before you have a social media-induced panic attack, let us assure you, Instagram is not sending notifications every time you take a screenshot. Notifications only occur when you take a screenshot in the app’s new disappearing message feature.
It’s a terrifying thought, though.
Imagine: You’re lurking deep within your crush’s Instagram account, when suddenly you see a picture you just have to share with your friends. What do you do? Well, you could send the photograph in a Direct Message, but capturing a screenshot has become such an automatic response that you’ve already taken one before you even consider another option.
You’ve taken countless Instagram screenshots over the years, but this time, you notice something different. Thanks to the new Instagram update, immediately after you capture the image a banner appears across the top of your phone screen displaying the message, “You can share this post with your friends.”
Heart stopping, right?
After seeing this new banner, it’s easy to assume that the app might have pulled a Snapchat and sent a notification to the person you were just hardcore creeping on. You are not alone in your panic, lots of people have had the exact same fear and shared their devastation on Twitter.
Instagram’s screenshot notification update will be the end of my stalking life I swear
— الـدانـة ✨ (@Doughnut_7) November 28, 2016
i hope this ‘screenshot notification from instagram’ isnt a real thing otherwise im in trouble😳
— Hannah Dolan (@hannahhdolann) November 28, 2016
Lord I just screenshot something on instagram and a notification popped up. Almost died because I thought instagram was notifying people.
— L a F a w n D u h (@fondala17) November 28, 2016
Instagram gives you a notification when you screenshot people’s stuff now…..my life is slowly coming to an end.
— Baby Chels (@chelsea_bucchan) November 27, 2016
SO INSTAGRAM RECKONS LETS FK EVERYONES LIVES UP IN THE NEW UPDATE AND SEND A NOTIFICATION WHEN U SCREENSHOT SOMEONES PICTURE IS THAT A JOKE
— tayla loves jack (@lowkeymaynard) November 27, 2016
if this rumour about getting a notification when you screenshot on instagram is true, i might as well delete the app 🙃
— Jay (@Jjamieheath) November 27, 2016
Wait what you get a notification if someone screenshots your Instagram pics??? Sorry in advance to literally everyone
— Meghana Rao (@_meghana) November 28, 2016
The panic is understandable, but luckily it’s not necessary. This new feature is simply a way to help you easily share the photo with someone, not to reveal your creepy ways.
So now that’s been sorted, you no longer need to call up your friend to test out the feature. Keep calm and screenshot on.
Wonder how many people have tested out the screen shot notification on Instagram with their Mates to make sure it’s no true 🙋🏼😂
— Andrea Nicolson (@Andreahhhhhh) November 28, 2016
Somebody screenshot one of my Instagram pictures I wanna see if it really gives you a notification lol
— Ty Boe (@TyBoehringer) November 28, 2016