Will iMessage Notify Others When You Screenshot? Find Out Here


Michael Collins

We’ve all been there. You’re in a group chat, and someone sends a hilarious meme, or your friend shares a juicy piece of gossip. You want to save it forever—or at least until the next time you need a good laugh or some leverage. So, you take a screenshot. But the million-dollar question is: will iMessage notify others when you take a screenshot?

Well, fear not, screenshot enthusiasts. The simple answer to this question is no. iMessage does not notify others when you take a screenshot. You can snap away without worrying about alerting the other person or people in the conversation.

How to Take a Screenshot on iMessage

Taking a screenshot of your iMessage conversation is pretty straightforward. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the iMessage Conversation

Open the conversation you want to take a screenshot of.

Remember that taking a screenshot will capture everything on your screen, so make sure you’re okay with everything that’s visible.

Step 2: Take the Screenshot

For iPhones with a Home button, press the Home and Power buttons simultaneously. For iPhones without a Home button, press the Side and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.

You’ll hear a camera shutter sound if your phone isn’t on silent, and a thumbnail of the screenshot will briefly appear in the lower left corner of your screen.

After you complete these steps, the screenshot will be saved to your Photos app, in the Screenshots album, where you can view, edit, or share it as you please.

Tips for Taking Screenshots on iMessage

Here are some tips to keep in mind when taking screenshots on iMessage:

  • Make sure you have permission to share any personal or sensitive information you capture in a screenshot.
  • Edit out any private information before sharing a screenshot with others.
  • Use the editing tools in Photos to crop or mark up your screenshot.
  • If you’re trying to capture a specific part of a conversation, scroll to that part before taking the screenshot.
  • Remember that while iMessage doesn’t notify others of screenshots, some apps like Snapchat do.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does iMessage notify when you screenshot a photo?

No, iMessage does not notify when you screenshot a photo or any other part of the conversation.

Can the other person tell if I’ve taken a screenshot?

The only way the other person could tell is if you tell them yourself or share the screenshot with them.

Is there a way to disable screenshot notifications?

Since iMessage does not have screenshot notifications, there’s no need to disable them.

Does screenshotting an iMessage leave any trace?

No, there is no trace left behind, like an icon or notification, when a screenshot is taken in iMessage.

Do other messaging apps notify of screenshots?

Some apps, like Snapchat, do notify users when a screenshot has been taken.


  1. Open the iMessage conversation you want to take a screenshot of.
  2. If you have an iPhone with a Home button, press the Home and Power buttons simultaneously. If you have an iPhone without a Home button, press the Side and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.


So there you have it. Taking a screenshot in iMessage is a quick and stealthy operation that leaves no trace and sends no notifications. This allows you to keep those memorable messages without the fear of being "caught in the act." It’s important to remember, though, that with great power comes great responsibility. Screenshots can contain sensitive information, so always think twice before you snap and share. And while iMessage is a safe haven for screenshotting, other apps may not be as forgiving, so always be aware of the privacy rules on whichever platform you’re using. Happy screenshotting, and may your iMessage treasures be plenty!