When Snapchat first burst onto the scenes, it’s unique selling point was the fact that no matter how scandalous your content was, nobody could screenshot it, and it would be supposedly gone from Snapchat servers forever when the timer runs out. Snapchat has changed in recent times though, with users now able to screenshot and save those juicy snaps you did or didn’t mean to send. But what if you want to screenshot Snapchats without the other party receiving a notification?
There are many reasons you may want to screenshot Snapchat without the sender knowing. Maybe it’s content of a saucy nature. Or maybe it was too hilarious to let slip. Either way, we won’t go into that right now, but we will show you how. And make no mistakes, this article is written with the Android user in mind. With the silent Snapchat assassin in mind. So without further ado, here are the best methods to screenshot on Snapchat without being seen.
Use Another Phone
While this isn’t strictly screenshotting, this is the easiest and fastest way to capture Snapchat content without detection. Simply use the camera from another device to record and photograph away. Bear in mind the quality will never be supreme, as capturing screens on other devices is always sketchy, but it’s a start. This is the most fullproof way to capture Snapchat content, and there will most likely never be anything Snapchat can do to change that. Just make sure you have the camera open on your device ready to record, as you never know how long the timer is going to last before you open a snap.
Use A Screen Recording App
Using a screen recording app is a surefire way to capture high-quality video from your screen. Snapchat doesn’t detect whether you use a screen recording app (not yet anyway). Go ahead and download any screen recording app from the Play store. I personally use DU Recorder (for work purposes of course) and it seems to work really well. You can trim the video after, add music, crop and much more if that’s what you’re into. If a still picture is all you need, record the Snap you so desire and then screenshot from within the screen recording app. Nobody will ever know – apart from yourself of course.
The Data Trick
There’s an old, classic technique people have been using to secretly screenshot Snaps for centuries, but we’re still on the fence regarding whether it really works or not. Legend has it that if you sever your connections to the rest of the world, you can screenshot away without being detected. Here’s how it works:
Let Snapchat load the story or image, turn off your internet connection, and take a screenshot. Before Snapchat can send a notification to the sender, you have to clear the app cache and data from settings. Go to System Settings > Apps > Snapchat > Storage > Clear Cache and Clear Data. You are then free to screenshot the Snapchat without the sender even knowing you opened it.
One drawback to this method is that after clearing the app cache you are usually logged out, so you’ll have to log in again after using this ancient secret. It’s also widely believed that this method can lead to the screenshot notification simply being delayed – so the other party will eventually get notified – but this is up for debate. Try it yourself.
Although using third-party apps are not our favorite method for secretly screenshotting Snapchats, they do exist. Snapsaver lets you take screenshots and screen recordings anonymously.
1. Open the Snap Saver app and start a session.
2. Select your required option from Screenshot, Screen Recording or Burst Screenshot.
3. Go into Snapchat and open up the snaps you want to save.
4. Click on the pop-up camera icon on your screen to take a screenshot.
5. End session by going back into the app.
The Snapsaver app is quite intuitive and easy to use. Go ahead and download it from the Google Play store for free and try it for yourself.
Use Google Assistant
This is what A.I is meant to be used for right – to further humanity? I’m glad we can agree on that. As of the time this article was written, Snapchat cannot detect screenshots taken using Google Assistant.
1. Open up your Snapchat to the picture you want to screenshot.
2. Summon Google Assistant by saying “Ok Google” or by holding down the home button.
3. Ask Google Assistant to take a screenshot by saying “Take a screenshot”. Alternatively, you can type it out.
You’ll have to act fast with this method if the snap you’re trying to capture is a mere few seconds in nature. The major drawback to this method is that it won’t let you save the screenshot locally to your device, but rather gives you the option to upload it to Google Photos.
Save Your Own Snaps
If you are simply looking to save your own Snapchats – because you can’t get over how hilarious you are and you want to immortalize it forever – save your snaps to your “Memories” section of the app. Do this by pressing the Save icon on the bottom left of the screen before you send your snap off. From the Memories section of your app, you can edit them once again and send them to your friends, or save them locally to your device/camera roll.
These are some of the best ways to secretly screenshot Snapchat without being detected. We can’t guarantee they will work forever as Snapchat continually updates their app and works out these patches. But as of now, enjoy your content without fear of detection by using these simple tricks. And if you’re searching the market for free software, head on over to top1apk for the largest selection of games, apps and handy hints to get the most out of them.
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