If you’re a 20th-century guy, you have two things for sure. A Facebook account, and a SnapChat account! I mean who in the world won’t have these two “basic needs” of this generation huh?
And you being on this post already told me a couple of things about you. First you have a Snapchat account, you most definitely do, and second, you need to know how to screenshot on Snapchat without knowing them.
Well, that’s not really a “finding a needle in the haystack” kind of task, to be honest, in fact, a 5year old kid of this generation can do that! ( You don’t believe Snapchat privacy would be so shitty ? ) Ah? Well, you’ll soon find out.
But before that let us share a few words on how exactly this whole Snapchat thing works like, right?
What Makes Snapchat Different From Any Other Photo Sharing App?
Snapchat has over 7Billion photos and videos being sent every day! Just imagine that number.
Well, why would people use Snapchat instead of Instagram? After all, it does the same thing, huh? Let you share photos, right? Or maybe Facebook? Considering Facebook is a much older, and successful platform compared to Snapchat?
Well, the answer is, because of the “non-permanence” of photos and videos on Snapchat! This is something unique to Snapchat, and it says: – We won’t store your photos on our server, and it gets deleted instantly once it has been seen by the receiver.
And, the centrality of Snapchat only across Photos, Videos and stories makes it kinda unique too, meaning it doesn’t go into that other kind of broad social networking. It lets you send and receive instant multi-media messages which self-destruct, as simple as that.
In fact, the extreme focus on the Privacy of snaps might have contributed significantly to its success. As the photos are meant to be deleted instantly, the sender receives a notification if their receiver secretly wants to screenshot their snap, and that makes it kinda impossible to do it.
Unless of course, you read to the very end of this piece to find out exactly how to screenshot on Snapchat without knowing them, or if you prefer to save a Snapchat forever!
From Pickaboo to World’s Largest Photo Sharing App.
Of course, I’m gonna serve you the dish you’ve been waiting for, but what fun is it if you don’t even know how your favorite app got to be where it is today, huh?
Around April 2011, from Evan’s ( the Founder’s) living room, a tiny little app that let people share images was launched termed as Pickaboo.
2 months later, it got re-branded to SnapChat (And probably, that’s what made all the difference, right ?).
Snapchat was pretty successful almost instantly, but what took it to the #1 peak out there is its constant addition of features and tools and what not! As they say, you keep improving; you keep succeeding huh?
This is what they added just around 2 years back, in 2014! This added a special kind of “graphical overlay” over your pictures if you were around a certain location!
Not just that, Snapchat didn’t just become the world’s top photo-sharing app out of the blue. It was destined to be so because they never quit improving! Around 2015, they added the “real-time face detection” enabled Selfie Lens feature which enabled you to add awesome, unique (or terrifying maybe) effects to your snaps using Snapchat!
Did I mention Stories yet? If you’re a Snapchat user you probably already know about them, but what you don’t yet know is Stories didn’t exist since forever on Snapchat. They were just added around 2013, to let you share a chronological series of snaps that make it up to a story! And well, this again here is yet another feature that’s totally unique to Snapchat.
How to Screenshot On Snapchat Without Knowing Them:-
Well, Snapchat is pretty serious about its security, so it’s only natural for it to notify the sender if you try to take a snap of their snap on your cellphone.
So no, if you are curious about how to save a Snapchat without knowing them, then just using the traditional “snapshot” keys on your device won’t help. (Well, don’t worry, what’s coming in the following sections would surely do ! ).
There are two basic ways to Screenshot on Snapchat without knowing them, one is pretty basic and can be executed in seconds. While the other one is a bit longer road down the lane, but that takes only a couple minutes too. So it doesn’t matter which method you’re using they both will help you save a Snapchat.
Easiest Method to Screenshot on Snapchat Without Knowing Them:-
This method is the easiest, simplest and the most basic, and so naturally my favorite too!
All you need is two cell phones. So here’s what you have to do:-
You receive a snap on Snapchat, and you want to capture it, right? Open the snap on the device and place the cellphone on which you received the snap on a table or chair ( just anywhere, where it can be stable). Now bring any other cellphone with a good camera above the cellphone where the snap is, and take a screenshot of the screen of the other cell using this cell. ( Too complicated? )
Here’s a simpler way to understand this:-
You receive a snap > You open it > Now snap this screen’s screenshot using any other cellphone simple as that!
How to Screenshot on Snapchat Without Knowing Them (Method #2).
Login to your Snapchat!
Swipe Right on your screen, it would get you all the sent and received Snapchats. This is where you have to Load the Snapchat you want to save. ( Keep in mind, you need just to load it, not open it.)
Once it’s loaded, turn on Airplane Mode on your device. If it’s an Android device, you can do it via the Notifications menu, or by bringing the shutdown menu up.
Or if you’re on an iOs device you can do it via Control Center:-
By turning the airplane mode on, you’re cutting off your Internet connectivity. But also, make sure your wifi is turned off!
So once you’re in the Airplane mode, open the Snapchat you want to save, and Screenshot it! ( Well yes, using the traditional screenshot keys is fine! ).
So, now you’d have a screenshot of the snap. But don’t turn your internet back on, yet! After taking the snap, log out of your Snapchat account!
Now, Kill the Snapchat app. On Android devices, just bring up your “recent apps” menu, and slide all the apps to the left or right to kill them.
While on iOs you can kill it by double-tapping the home screen, which will bring up the Recent Apps screen and you can just slide it left-right to kill it.
After you’ve killed the app, wait for a couple of minutes before logging in back to Snapchat. Or, if possible, turn your device totally off and then log back into Snapchat.
When you do, your friend won’t know that you opened their snaps, because you did so while you were offline so well? Mission Accomplished!
Sorry if it went too long, but now I’m pretty confident you know how to screenshot on Snapchat without knowing them right? After all, that was the final goal of this 1200+ words long step-by-step guide anyway.
Well, these two aren’t the “only” methods to save a Snapchat, so if you’ve come across any other way and it “worked” for you, would you like to take away couple of minutes out of your life and let me know? I would love to add it here!