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Does Telegram Notify Users When You Screenshot?
May 31st, 2024 by Terri Pinyerd

When it comes to regular Telegram chats or media content, the messaging app won't notify the Telegram user if their conversation has been captured via screenshot or screen recording.


However, Telegram can detect screenshots in a Secret Chat, and both parties will receive screenshot notifications. This is to maintain the security and privacy of the conversation.


With that being said, Telegram has even stated in their FAQ that there is the possibility of other Telegram users working around this notification system, stating that:


"Unfortunately, there is no bulletproof way of detecting screenshots on certain systems (most notably, some Android and Windows Phone devices). We will make every effort to alert you about screenshots taken in your Secret Chats, but it may still be possible to bypass such notifications and take screenshots silently. We advise to share sensitive information only with people you trust. After all, nobody can stop a person from taking a picture of their screen with a different device or an old school camera."


Tips For Maintaining Privacy And Security



While Telegram ensures the security of Secret Chats with end to end encryption, it's always possible for users to work around Telegram features with more analog methods like taking photos of their screen. because of this, it's important to maintain user privacy as much as possible to avoid any consequences should an unauthorized user view your chat history.


Using Self Destructing Messages


If you want to limit the amount of time someone can access messages, consider using the Self Destruct feature. The Self-Destruct Timer will automatically delete messages after a certain period of time, and can be used for media in private cloud chats and for all your Secret Chats.


You can set this timer by following the steps below:


  • Tap the clock icon - on an iPhone you will find this in the input field. On Android it will be in the top bar.

  • Choose your desired time limit, after which the message disappears.


That's it!


Be Mindful Of What You Send


The best way to avoid consequences from someone taking screenshots is to simply avoid sending sensitive information to your group chats or private conversations. You never know who's on the other side of your friend's devices, or watching the recipient's screen.

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