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5 Ways to Screenshot Snapchat

5 Ways to Screenshot Snapchat

Snapchat records when you take a screenshot, and it sends the person a notification. How to screenshot on Snapchat without notification?

The article reveals the 5 best ways to screenshot Snapchat without them knowing.

Disclaimer: Taking a screenshot of snaps is not a good practice, and it’s illegal in some countries.

Using Google Assistant (Android)

Taking a screenshot using Google Assistant

Tested date: 18th of June 2022
Sending device: Vivo V19 (Android 11)
Screenshotting device: Vivo V23e (Android 12)

You might not know, but Google Assistant can help you take screenshots without any third-party app.

Although Google Assistant works by long-pressing the home button, it is recommended to activate the voice because the accidental short press will go to the home screen, and the snap will be lost.

Also, with this method, Google Assistant does not save the snap. It only allows sharing of screenshots. If you don’t share the screenshot taken, it will be lost.

So after taking the screenshot, you must share it using an app. I suggest using Google Drive to upload the screenshots. This way, you won’t be sharing the screenshot with anyone.

Follow the steps to take screenshots.

  1. View the snap
  2. Wake up Google Assistant by saying “OK Google” or long-pressing the home button
  3. Say “take screenshot” or “capture screenshot” or type “take a screenshot.”
  4. Choose the app you want to share the screenshot on

Related: How to Back Up Camera Roll to Snapchat

Using Screen Recorder (Android & iOS)

The second way is recording the screen on Snapchat. The screen recorder is pre-installed on all the latest iPhones and Android phones.

Android

Using Screen Recorder to Record Snapchat

Tested date: 18th of June 2022
Sending device: Vivo V19 (Android 11)
Screenshotting device: Vivo V23e (Android 12)

The notification panel contains the recording option. In the notification panel, swipe down on the top to see the notification titles.

Find the screen recorder and tap on it. If the recorder title is missing, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the notification panel
  2. Swipe again to see all tiles
  3. Tap on the small edit button on the left
  4. Find screen recorder
  5. Drag the icon and drop it on the top to add it to the title list

If the screen recording option is unavailable, your phone does not support one. You can download the screen recorder below that I have used for many months.

iPhone

Screen record on iPhone

Tested date: 2021
Sending device: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Screenshotting device: Apple iPhone 7 Plus

On the iPhone, since iOS 11, users can record the screen. By default, it’s disabled, but you can follow the below steps to enable it.

  1. Settings –> Control Centre –> Customise Controls.
  2. Tap on the + sign near the screen recording.
  3. To record, open the iOS Control Centre by swiping up from the bottom edge. The option will be there.

Pros

✔️ You can record video snaps
✔️ Most screen recorders allow you to create GIF
✔️ You can record your face while watching the snap

Cons

❌ Some screen recorders can’t take screenshots

Using Private Screenshots (Android)

Screenshot Snapchat Using Private Screenshots

Tested date: 18th of June 2022 (Android)
Sending device: Vivo V19 (Android 11)
Screenshotting device: Vivo V23e (Android 12)

It’s a simple app with fewer ads to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing. You will need to allow permission every time you enable the floating icon.

Install the app and open it. On the top right, there is an option to enable the icon.

After that, any time you tap on the icon, the app will take a screenshot.

The app does not work on protected apps such as the browser’s incognito mode, Netflix, etc., but it works perfectly fine on Snapchat.

Pros
✔️ Can create a GIF of 1 frame per second
✔️ Hides information from online and offline apps
✔️ Doesn’t save their data to the cloud

Cons

❌ Floating icon doesn’t look good in the pictures
❌ 250 maximum screenshots

Related: 8 Best Video Converter Apps for Android

Clearing Cache and Storage (Android & iOS)

Screenshot Snapchat and Clear Cache
Screenshot Snapchat and Clear Cache

The method does not require a third-party app, but it is risky because you must do all steps in order. If you miss a step, there are chances that they will get the notification.

Remember your account details because you will have to log in again. Follow the below steps to screenshot on Snapchat without them knowing.

Android

Screenshot Snapchat Using the Cache Method

Tested date: 18th of June 2022
Sending device: Vivo V19 (Android 11)
Screenshotting device: Vivo V23e (Android 12)

  1. Open Snapchat and load the snap (do not watch).
  2. Turn on Airplane mode.
  3. Watch the snap and take a screenshot.
  4. Force stop the app: Go to settings –> Apps & Notifications –> Snapchat –> Force stop.
  5. Clear the cache: Hold on to the Snapchat icon and go to the app settings. Or, go to settings –> Apps & notifications –> Snapchat –> Storage –> Clear cache.

iPhone

Tested date: 2021
Sending device: Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Screenshotting device: Apple iPhone 7 Plus

  1. Open Snapchat and load the snap.
  2. Turn on Airplane mode.
  3. Watch the snap and take a screenshot.
  4. Force stop: On iPhone, swipe up from the screen’s bottom and swipe up on Snapchat.
  5. Clear the cache: Go to the app settings and scroll down –> Clear cache.

The above methods will clear the cache containing the screenshot information. Once the cache is cleared, you can connect to the internet. Ensure to test this before taking the actual screenshot.

Pros

✔️ Doesn’t require a third-party app

Cons

❌ This method is uncertain
❌ Involves turning off mobile data and WiFi until the process is completed

Recording the phone on PC (Android & iOS)

The last method to screenshot Snapchat without them knowing is recording the phone from the PC. Depending on your setup, you will need a couple of apps:

QuickTime

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the data cable. Follow the below steps.

  1. Open QuickTime Player –> New Movie Recording –> Hover on the record and click on the arrow to select iPhone.

The screen starts to record your phone. If you want to take screenshots, then cmd + shift + 4.

ApowerMirror

To use ApowerMirror, download the app on both devices. Open the app on both devices and wait for the app to detect the device.

Once the service is detected, you can tap on it to connect. You can play around to find the additional settings on your devices.

LonelyScreen

LonelyScreen is used to connect iPhone/iPad to a Windows PC. Using AirPlay, you can connect your phone.

Download the software on Windows and open it. Open AirPlay on your iPhone and find the device. The name will be the same as what you set on the PC.

How to screenshot a Snapchat story

The best way to screenshot a Snapchat story is to use Google Assistant or the native screen recorder on Android and use the screen recorder on the iPhone.

Summary

You can screenshot and record snaps with one of the above easy-to-follow methods.

I hope the article helped you take screenshots without notification. Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any thoughts.

johanwilliam

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

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