Does Facebook Notify Screenshots? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

| Updated on October 30, 2023

The company behind one of the most widely used social media platforms today, Facebook, has added many new features over time. However, Facebook has always caused its users to have some doubts about the notification system. One of these concerns is about being informed when someone screenshots your chats, images, or stories.

So, does Facebook notify screenshots in 2023? Well, you will find answers to all your questions. Just keep reading.

I’m aware that one of the most humiliating things that can occur to you on social media is when the platform you’re using decides to let other users know what you’ve been screenshotting. This typically happens when a user is reading another user’s message or when viewing their “story”.

Screenshot Notification Meme

An instant on social media can be quickly captured by taking a screenshot. There are methods to permanently save content, even with services like Snapchat, that are intended to be transient. As a result, notifications that someone has taken a screenshot are a privacy measure. Apps like Snapchat are known to alert the recipient when their story is screenshotted.

This guide will demonstrate whether Facebook notifies screenshots and whether it is possible to find out if someone has taken a screenshot of one of your Facebook stories.

Does Facebook Notify Screenshots? 

A yes and a no can be given as an answer to this question of Facebook screenshot notifications. Facebook won’t alert users of any screenshots associated with their profile for the vast majority of activity on the platform.

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For instance, if you browse through another user’s photos and/or profile and take a few screenshots, you can be sure that you are doing so secretly. Additionally, you can rest assured that the Facebook story creator won’t be informed if you take a screenshot while scrolling through someone’s story on Facebook.

Facebook users will only receive notifications in relation to their new encrypted messaging feature. Users can now send one another encrypted messages using this new feature of Facebook Messenger’s messaging service. Thus, right now, only Facebook messenger notifies about screenshots.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Tweet

These messages have a limited lifespan and will be deleted later. However, if you decide to screenshot the message before it disappears, the other party to the conversation will be notified. This is crucial because screenshotting arguably undermines the purpose of the encrypted messaging service, which is to provide users with the highest level of privacy.

In conclusion, while Facebook does not alert users when users take a screenshot of a traditional social media activity like an image or a story, there is still one situation where it does.

Can You See If Someone Screenshots Your Facebook Story?

Facebook Stories are brief collections of user-generated images or videos that can be added to a user’s profile. As the second news feed for the website, this feature focuses on using Facebook’s in-app camera with filters influenced by Snapchat and Instagram. Additionally, users have the option of including music and geolocation tags in their stories.

Even though the story expires and disappears after 24 hours, anyone can take a screenshot of it on their phone or computer, effectively creating a permanent record of it. Therefore, be aware that you will not be notified if someone screenshots your story. 

Whether Facebook notifies screenshots of stories has long been a mystery to longtime users. The short answer is no; you will not be notified when someone screenshots your Story. Facebook doesn’t have a feature that allows you to be notified when someone screenshots your image or video story like other social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat do.

One can only know whether one has seen their story or not. The following steps can be used to determine whether someone has seen your story: Open the Facebook app, select the Stories tab from your Feed’s menu, and choose “Viewers” after selecting Your Story. 

Facebook Story Viewers

Here, you’ll either see the names of your Facebook friends or the names of your followers who have viewed your Facebook Story, depending on the privacy settings you’ve chosen for it. 

How Do I Use The Encrypted Messaging feature on Facebook?

It only makes sense that we explain how to use Facebook’s encrypted messaging service since that is the only place on the site where screenshots will result in notifications.

Please adhere to these guidelines in order to send encrypted messages using Facebook Messenger:

Step 1: Open the Facebook Messenger app and log in.

Step 2: Choose the “new message” icon, which resembles a notepad and pen, in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3: Make sure the slider is showing as green by typing the padlock icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 4: Choose the person to whom you want to send a secure message.

Step 5: Make sure there is a message that says “messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption” on the message thread’s interface. To send a message, click Send, then wait for the recipient to see it.

This way, you can start an encrypted conversation on Facebook messenger. Although there are methods for decrypting Facebook conversations, most of the time, these conversations will send you screenshot notifications.


In conclusion, Facebook does alert users when screenshots are taken on the platform, but only in the very specific situation described above – they only alert users if screenshots are taken off Facebook Messenger conversations that are encrypted.

This permits you to freely screenshot any other content on the platform, knowing that no one will be made aware of your actions. Along with their own profile, this also applies to their Facebook story. 

We hope the tips we provided above have provided you with enough information about the Facebook screenshots notification.


Is It Illegal TO Take a Screenshot Of Someoners Facebook Story?

Screenshots have not been paid for or considered illegal on any social media platform during the decades that they have been taken. Most people usually take a screenshot of something they find relevant and want to share with their audience. It’s best to get permission before taking a screenshot because some people are sensitive to such things.

Does Facebook Tell you Who Viewed your profile?

Facebook does not allow its users to find out who has viewed their user profile. Additionally, any third-party apps are unable to offer this feature. So, please report the app if you come across one that advertises having this capability.

Can you Screenshot A Facebook Story

Yes. You can use your phone, tablet, or computer to take a screenshot of a Facebook Story. You can use the Facebook app or website to save a Facebook Story or get more information about it.

Does Facebook Messenger notify you when you save a photo?

No, Messenger doesn’t let someone know when you download their Facebook photo. Messenger will only let you know that you have saved the image; however, the other party won’t know unless they access it on your device.

Prakhar Shivhare

Freelance Writer

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