Does Facebook notify when you screenshot a picture?

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In this age, almost everyone is on some form of social media. Facebook, the social media giant, has only grown since its inception with over 2.5 Billion active users monthly.

With a large number of users comes the important question of privacy.

Keeping user privacy in mind, social media apps like Snapchat have included a privacy feature that alerts the user when someone takes a screenshot of their profile picture.

But what about Facebook? Does Facebook notify when you screenshot a picture?

Does Facebook notify me when somebody takes a screenshot of a picture?

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The short answer is No. Facebook still does not have any privacy feature up that alerts the user when someone screenshots a profile picture or even private messages.

So, if you are concerned about your pictures reaching unintended places, there isn’t much you can do about it. Except for not posting any photos, using the who can view your post/picture feature, or turning on the profile picture guard feature.

What does a Facebook profile picture guard do?

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The Facebook profile picture guard is a new privacy feature that disables sharing and downloading of your profile pictures on Facebook. It also prevents others from tagging in your profile picture, excluding your friends.

Additionally, when enabled, the profile picture guard ads a shield icon to your profile signaling others to respect your profile picture privacy.

Here’s how to enable profile picture guard on Facebook.


  1. From the Facebook home page, tap on the Profile tab.
  2. Next, tap on your profile picture.
  3. Choose Turn on the Profile picture guard option.
  4. Tap Next and then tap on Save.

Change Facebook post privacy

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If you don’t know how the Facebook post privacy feature works, follow these steps.

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. Select a photo to upload.
  3. Under your profile name, tap the Public button.
  4. To make the picture private, select Only Me.
  5. You can also share the picture with specific people by going to > See more > Specific Friends.
  6. Select the people that you want to share the picture with from the Facebook friends list.

While these privacy features are better than nothing, we would still hope to see better privacy features like receiving an alert when some take a screenshot of your picture, to make the web safer.

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