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Does iMessage notify when you take screenshots?

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Apple is great at hooking users into its ecosystem, and iMessage is a big part of the equation. The rich messaging experience that the app provides is far better than what Android users get.

However, since iMessage provides such a rich user experience, it’s often compared to other popular messaging apps like Whatsapp, Snapchat and Messenger. 

This article looks at certain privacy features in Apple’s premier messaging app and whether or not it provides screenshot notifications. 

Also read: Do iMessages deliver if the phone is dead?

Does iMessage give screenshot notifications?

The short answer is no, it doesn’t. 

There have been a lot of rumours around iMessage getting screenshot notifications, much like rival app Snapchat. However, the app still hasn’t received the feature, and it doesn’t look likely that it will. 

The rumours first started with iOS 11’s release. we’ve seen iOS 15’s release, and the feature hasn’t come to fruition yet, and it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon. iMessage does, however, have read receipts, and that’s as far as you can go in terms of deciding whether or not someone has seen your message. 

It’s not that Apple can’t implement the feature. Facetime, for example, has notification alerts if someone takes a screenshot during a call. This feature is limited as well. While there are screenshot notifications, there’s no alert for a screen recording. 

There are third-party apps on the Apple App Store that claim to give users screenshot notifications for multiple apps, including Instagram and iMessage. But we recommend not using them as they can risk your privacy and wouldn’t work either. 

Also read: How to sign out of iMessage on Mac?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: