How to bypass SnapChat's screenshot alert message?

SnapChat is a picture-chatting app for iPhone which lets you control how long you want your friends to view your message. For instance, you can send a picture to your friend with some text added, but your friend will be able to see it for only 10 seconds at most.

"That's so easy to bypass. Why not just take a screenshot?"

Well, the app also alerts the sender of the message if the receiver tries to take a screenshot of the picture. So, how do we bypass it?

Before starting on with the guide, you need to jailbreak your iDevice. If you have already jailbreak-ed your iDevice, skip to step 3.


  •  To jailbreak your device, download Absinthe, plug-in your device and click Jailbreak.
  • After jailbreaking you should see a new app named Cydia on your springboard. Open Cydia and let it set up your file system. Once it completes doing that, open it again and click on Hacker when prompted.
  • In Cydia, go to the search button on the lower corner of right and search for Activator.

  • Select Activator and then select Install.

  • Select Confirm.

  • When it's done, select Restart Springboard. 



 Activator gives you the ability to change the function of a particular button. What we are going to do here is use Activator to change the action of Volume button, so that you can press it to take the screenshot.


SnapChat does not monitor your taking of Screenshot, it only monitors whether you have pressed the Screenshot button (Home and Sleep at once) or not. Thus, by using volume button to take screenshot we can easily bypass the screenshot alert message.


Here's what you need to do next in order to configure the activator.
  • Find the Activator app on your Springboard and open it.

  • Select In Application.

  • Scroll down till you find Volume Buttons and then select it.
  • Select Down Short Hold.

  • Now, scroll all the way down to Take Screenshot and select it.

Done. Now, you can exit Activator.


Press down the volume button (minus) when you are in SnapChat (or any other app) to take the screenshot. SnapChat will no longer alert your friends!


**All credits go to RatBoot for the method.

17 Responses

  1. Ratboot October 19, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing my method and for giving me credit for my hard work! Nice website !

    • Subigya Nepal October 20, 2012 / 4:33 am

      Hi! I should thank you. It wouldn't have been fair if I had not given you the credit for your method and all your hard work. Thanks for stopping by as well!

  2. Mike November 24, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    Hi, I would like to ask you where can I download Absinthe so I can jailbreak the iPhone....I read the article from my iPhone and couldn't find a link if there is one.
    Thank you in advance.

  3. Marty November 26, 2012 / 8:34 pm

    So if I do this, will the old way of normally taking screenshots not work anymore?

    • Subigya Nepal November 27, 2012 / 5:40 am

      You can still press Home and Sleep button to take screenshot. There won't be any problem with that.

  4. Joe Blow November 29, 2012 / 4:44 am

    If you don't want to jailbreak your phone to do it, all you have to do is go into Settings>General>Accessability>Assistive Touch On, and then a little white button shows up on your screen. Press this, go to Device>More>Screenshot. To take a picture in snapchat with this, hold to view the picture, let go, quickly press that sequence of buttons, and then immediately press the picture again, and you will take a picture.

  5. Larry stevenson April 16, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Can snapchat be downloaded on an itouch that cannot support the app since it doesnt have a camera??? I do have it jailbroken

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