How To Tell if Someone Screenshots your Facebook Messenger Conversation
Facebook Messenger has been connecting millions of people all over the world. Indeed, it is an incredibly popular messaging app. Whether you are chatting privately with a friend or communicating collectively in a group chat, Facebook Messenger has truly brought people together wherever they are in the globe. With updated features, filters, stickers, GIFs, and so many other fun stuff that you can add in Messenger, Facebook users have truly found it an amazing way of getting connected.
Sadly, there are some privacy issues that Facebook Messenger users are concerned about. There are some instances when private conversations are leaked through screenshots and then circulated all over the platform. Surely, nobody wants this to happen to them. Private messaging is called “private” for a reason. Posting screenshots of private messages are not only frustrating but can possibly cause emotional turmoil.
So, the big question now is “Can you tell if someone screenshots a conversation in Facebook Messenger?”
Another popular online messaging platform, Snapchat, allows users to know if someone takes a screenshot of their private conversations. Snapchat has that screenshot notification system that shows an eye icon if someone has taken a screenshot of a post or Story. That is why a lot of people are very eager to know if Facebook Messenger can do the same thing. Unfortunately, Facebook does not. Anyone can take a copy of an image, a screenshot of your page, post, or messages without you knowing. Of all of the security features Facebook has introduced since its launch, notifications of that type are not among them.
Whenever you use Facebook you should always assume that anything you post, chat about or even mention is not private and could be seen by anyone. If you’re particularly concerned about your privacy and how private messages are treated, then you should probably avoid chatting with people you do not trust on Facebook Messenger. Doing otherwise is a risk that you choose.
How to Screenshot in Facebook Messenger
There are several ways to screenshot Facebook Messenger depending on whether you use a phone, desktop, or tablet. Whatever method you use, there is no current mechanism within Facebook that detects whether a screenshot has been taken. If Facebook doesn’t know, it cannot tell the user.
If you’re asking because you want to take a screenshot, you’re in luck. If you’re asking because you’re worried about your own privacy, then probably Facebook is not the safest place for you online.
In Android, taking a screenshot is very straightforward. Just open Messenger, go to the conversation or message that you want to capture, and hold down Power and Volume down. This will take a screenshot of the active screen and save it to your Gallery. It will be stored in the DCIM/Screenshots folder.
On an iPhone, have the screen open to where you want to take the image press the side button (formerly the sleep/wake button) and the volume up button. The screenshot will appear in the lower left-hand corner. Fortunately, for space-saving reasons, iPhone doesn’t automatically save the screenshot so click ‘Done’ in the upper left-hand corner then tap ‘Save to Photos.’
On an iPad, do the same as you would on the iPhone, by pressing the Sleep/Wake button and Volume Up.
On Mac, arrange the screen and press Command + Shift + 4 and Capture Screen/Window or Portion, depending on your needs.
In Windows, you just need to hit the PrtScn key on your keyboard. If you don’t have one of those, use Windows key + Shift + S to bring up the Screen Snip tool and take it from there. You can also search for ‘Snipping’ in the Start Menu to open the screen capturing feature.
If you’re on the other side of the equation and you think someone has taken a screenshot of something you didn’t want to be shared, you’re unfortunately out of luck.
Facebook Secret Conversations
We don’t use Facebook because it is secure. We use it because most of our friends use it. If you were seriously concerned about your privacy, you would’ve deleted your Facebook account long ago.
That doesn’t mean you have to sign away all privacy and hope for the best, though. You could use Facebook Secret Conversations for chats you really don’t want to be shared, but you have to bear in mind that screenshots of these chats can still be taken. Then, it wouldn’t be much of a secret anymore, would it?
Facebook Secret Conversations were introduced to Messenger and it enables two users to speak to each other in an encrypted space, which allows no one else (except Facebook) to view. Secret conversations can only be opened and read in the device that was used to create or open your conversations. This means that you can’t open it in any other devices even if your Facebook is logged in to it. Both ends of the conversation need to have Facebook Secret Conversations enabled on a compatible device and you need to set that timer when setting up the app.
To use Facebook Secret Conversations, you must follow these steps:
- Update your Messenger to the latest version and get the person you’re chatting with to do the same.
- Open the Chats screen and select the Edit icon in the top right of the screen.
- Select Secret in the top right of that screen.
- Select the person you want to chat with from the list.
- Select the time icon to set a timer for the messages to self-destruct.
Again, remember that despite all these enhanced privacy settings for Secret Conversations, screenshots could still be performed! So, you still have to be wary.
Facebook and Privacy
You should approach social media with the mindset of not putting anything on any network that you wouldn’t want the world to see. Once it’s out there, it’s out there and people can do whatever they like with it.
That means bearing in mind what you say, how you say it, what kind of images you share, videos you send, and audio recordings you might upload. THINK before you post anything!
Communicating with a trusted person through Messenger doesn’t mean you can always trust them with private content. There is never a guarantee that a screenshot of your chat will remain safe. Always assume the worst and protect yourself as much as possible. With social networks as huge and as open as the ones we have, there’s always a risk. Your privacy is always at stake.
Facebook Messenger doesn’t notify you when someone takes a screenshot and there hasn’t been any indication that this feature is coming. So, be sure to always be mindful of what you put in your group chat. With a digital world as wide and as scary as we have, we all have the reason to be defensive of our privacy for our own good. Surely, we don’t want to be famous in the wrong way or have our personal details corrupted.
Is there anything I can do to keep someone from screenshotting my messages?
The only line of defense you have against this invasion is to avoid sending the content in the first place.
If I block someone on Facebook, can they still see my messages?
Yes, any messages (including images) you’ve sent in the past will still appear in their chat. Fortunately, your name and profile picture will not be attached. There are ways that you can delete all messages and conversations in Facebook Messenger.
Can I delete a message after I’ve sent it?
Yes. If you want to delete a Facebook message after you’ve sent it long-press the message and tap on the option to ‘Remove for Everyone.’
Do you know of any ways to make Facebook Messenger more secure? Have any stories about having chats shared without your knowledge? Tell us about them below if you do!