How to Take an Instagram Photo That Will Disappear (aka Instagram Stories)

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Big news broke the internet recently. Since Instagram now has Snapchat-like features such as disappearing photo stories, the social network decided to continue its imitation: if someone takes a screenshot of your disappearing photo, you will receive a notification. While the internet seemed to freak out over this, it’s a great measure for privacy. Disappearing photos are supposed to...well, disappear. So it only makes sense that you’d receive a notification when someone decides your disappearing photo should be a more permanent photo on their device. Now that Instagram stories are a bit more secure, here’s how to take an Instagram photo that will disappear.

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How to Take an Instagram Photo That Will Disappear

  • Open the Instagram app on iPhone.
  • At the top, tap Your Story beneath your profile photo.
  • Take your photo or tap and hold the shutter button to take a video.

  • You can use the icons in the upper right corner to add stickers, text, and more to your photo or video.
  • Then, at the bottom, tap Your Story to add it to your daily story, which will disappear after 24 hours.

  • You can also tap the large arrow at the bottom right to send it directly to specific people. Once they view the photo, it will disappear.
  • If someone takes a screenshot of a photo from your story, you will receive a notification. Likewise, if you take a screenshot of someone’s story, they will receive a notification.

That’s all there is to it.

 
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