If imitation is really the most sincere form of flattery, Snapchat must blush heavily, because Instagram continues to shamelessly copy its functions and dig into its wallet. Instagram has also managed to copy some of the security aspects ̵1; or lack thereof – of one of Snapchat's hottest features.
One of the most notable copied features is Instagram Direct, which allows users to send images and videos that are permanently released after being viewed. And just like Snapchat, this clone also protects against unwanted savings by sending a notification to the sender when a screenshot is taken by the recipient.
There are times when you get the media that is so interesting that you are tempted to save it, but do not want to warn the person who sent it. Fortunately, there are easy ways to save Instagram Direct messages without the sender discovering. The methods are different if you are on iOS or Android, so scroll down to the relevant section for your smartphone below.
Method 1: Flight mode + Uninstall / Reinstall (iPhone)
Next time you get an Instagram Instant message you want to save, open the app to get the ball rolling, then go to the Instagram Direct page and let it load . Do not press "View Image" yet, as this will trigger the notification process at the sender's end.
It's time to kill your internet connections – both cellular data and Wi-Fi. The fastest way to do this is to activate the aircraft mode. To do so, open the Control Center on your device by either swiping up from the bottom (iPhone 8 and below) or swiping down from the upper right corner (iPhone X and up) on the screen. From there, tap the airplane icon to disable your internet and Wi-Fi.
Note! If you have enabled aircraft mode earlier, then Wi-Fi turned back, iOS 12 remembers this and sets the connection radios to the state they were in when you last entered the aircraft mode. So double check that Wi-Fi is off at this time – if not, turn it off again and it will be turned off.
With your wireless connection completely cut off, it is now safe to view the photo without warning the sender, then press "View image" to open the file you want to see. At this time, you can take a screenshot of the image to save and view at any time you want.
Unfortunately, Wi- Fi and mobile data connection alone over your tracks when you take a screenshot of a disappearing message within Instagram. So, to avoid detection, you must remove and reinstall the app.
With flight mode still enabled, continue and uninstall Instagram in the same way as any other app. Restore Internet connection afterwards, then re-app from the App Store and log in again and you are completely set.
Completely removing and installing Instagram is a little inconvenient, because you have to reposition the home screen icon to where it was before, not to mention all the permission that the camera and micro access as You have to give up again. That being said, this saves hassle from the shame of getting hold of red hand.
The process of taking secret snapshots of missing photos on Android is very similar to the iOS method highlighted above, but a little easier. Start by opening the app and go to the Instagram Direct page that contains the message without selecting the "View Image" button. From there, enter the aircraft mode by swiping down from the notification bar to open the Quick Settings menu and then point to the aircraft icon.
Just like iOS, you are free to view and take a screenshot of the photo without the sender discovering when you have gone to the aircraft mode. But to ensure that the app does not warn the sender of your screenshot the next time you open it, you must force it to stop now.
Then go to the phone's main settings menu and open "Apps" or the "Apps & Notifications" submenu. From there, select Instagram from the list and then press "Force Stop" at the top of the next page. Confirm your choice at the prompt, then you can turn off airplane mode and open Instagram without warning the sender.
Unlike the iOS method, you do not need to uninstall Instagram to prevent the sender from being warned of your secret screenshot. That means you can instantly restore cellular data and Wi-Fi connections as soon as you've killed the app and reopen it without missing a stroke.
This article has been produced under the Gadget Hack's special coverage when it comes to becoming a social media expert on your phone. Check out the entire Social Media series.