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Dec 2, 2016
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Instagrammers all over the world felt alarmed when they received news last week that the photo-sharing app has been alerting users when someone takes a screenshot of their photo.

However, there seems to be a correction to the news. Though Instagram is in fact notifying users when someone screenshots their photo, it turns out that the feature only works on private pictures and videos. No need to worry if you screenshot an image from the user's main feed or profile. 

Still, that didn't seem to stop some people from panicking over the possibility that the person they were stalking would be able to see if they took a screenshot of their photo. Good news for all the people who aren't convinced that the new feature only works for direct IG messages, because there is a way for you to get a hold of those pictures without having to take a screenshot. 

All you have to do is open Instagram in your computer (not your phone). Then, click on the image you wish to save. When the pop-up box opens, right click on the photo and select View Page Source (for Windows) or View > Developer > View Source (for Mac).

 

A bunch of codes will appear so you have to hit Ctrl + F (for Windows) or Command + F (for Mac) and type in jpg into the search bar. Look for the first result with this code:

Copy the URL and paste it into a different tab to get the image you want to download. Save it on your desktop and leave no trace that you grabbed the photo of a particular IG user. It's that easy.

 

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