Let's be honest, one of the main reasons that we use Snapchat is to send... *cough* pictures *cough* we may not want to get out into the public domain.

One of the best things about the app is that you can decide how long they see the picture for, and if they screenshot it - you're sent a notification. It's pretty cool.

However, there's a way around the 'screenshot' feature, and we need to tell you about it. Just in case.


Now, you may have heard about the hack to open messages on Facebook Messenger without them seeing. All you do is go onto Airplane Mode and open the message, then close it and take the mode off. Easy.

Well, some people are now doing the same thing on Snapchat. The app is clever, as it ensures that if someone screenshots your picture while on Airplane Mode, as soon as they go back into the app it sends you the notification.

The thing is, this only happens once you go back into the app. They can take off Airplane Mode and go about their business on others apps and it still won't tell you.


If you're someone who uses Snapchat a lot, by the time they open their app up again, the 'screenshot' notification could be so far down your list that you won't see it.

We decided to test this out, and sure enough - it's true.

People could potentially screenshot your pics and not re-open their Snapchat app for days. By that time, you may never see the little 'screenshotted' sign next to their name. They could have already sent you another Snap back and hidden the notification completely.

Scary, right?

To make sure that your pics never get out, the best thing to do is just not send them in the first place. I know I sound boring, but that's the only way to guarantee that it'll never happen.

Also, make sure you never send Snaps while you're driving. Chloe Khan got in loads of trouble for doing this...

Credit: Snapchat

Don't use your phone behind the wheel full stop.

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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