If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then Snapchat must be blushing profusely as Instagram continues to shamelessly copy its features and dig into its wallet. Instagram has also managed to copy some of the security aspects — or lack thereof — of one of Snapchat's hottest characteristics.
One of the most notable copied features is Instagram Direct, which lets users send photos and videos that permanently expire after being viewed. And just like Snapchat, this clone even safeguards against unwanted saving by sending a notification to the sender whenever a screenshot is taken by the recipient.
There are times where you receive media that's so interesting that you're tempted to save it, but don't want to alert whoever sent it. Amazingly enough, there's a simple and brilliant way to save Instagram Direct messages without the sender finding out, and best of all, it works for both iPhones and Android devices. If you're interested in learning how, keep reading and you'll be saving disappearing photos like a secret agent in no time!
The next time you get an Instagram Direct message that you want to save, just open the app, then head to the Instagram Direct page and let it load. Do not tap on "View photo" yet, as this will trigger the notification process on the sender's end.
Next, it's time to kill off your internet connections — both cellular data and Wi-Fi. The quickest way to do this is by turning on Airplane Mode. To do that, open the Control Center on iPhone by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, or swipe down from the notifications bar on Android devices to open the Quick Settings menu. From there, tap the airplane icon to disable all connectivity.
With your wireless connection completely severed, it's now safe to view the photo without alerting the sender. At this point, you can take a screenshot of the picture to save and view anytime you want. After doing so, it's on to a critical step.
Next, you'll need to exit the app completely to keep it from detecting your screenshot as soon as you go back online. To do this, double-press the home button on iOS devices or tap on the recent apps button Android, then you'll see a list of all running apps. From there, find the Instagram app in the list, then swipe it away.
At this point, you can turn Airplane Mode back off to restore internet connectivity. It's worth noting that this simple hack will also work with Snapchat — just be sure to kill the app before restoring internet connections or you'll be busted. As always, leave a comment below and let us know what you think of this nifty little hack.