Whoever invented screenshots must not have imagined how big of a hit it was going to be among the netizens. This digital feature was one of the rare few that was a hit since day 1. It’s the perfect way of saving absolutely anything that’s otherwise difficult to save. Be it a message someone sent you but deleted later on, song lyrics, or even a scene from a sitcom you’re watching, screenshots are a great way of documenting and saving things. However, once you enter the platform, the dynamics of screenshots change altogether. Wondering how? Allow us to explain:
Because Snapchat was built with the intention of promoting and safeguarding the privacy of its users, the platform has always been against screenshots. It even has a policy of notifying users when someone takes a screenshot of your snap or chat. The notification appears right in the chat, for both parties to see.
Suppose you took a screenshot on Snapchat, and the second party involved now demands an answer about why took it. How would you respond? Keep reading to find out!
What Are Some Good Reasons for Screenshotting on Snapchat?
Let’s get to answering your question directly; when it comes to giving someone a reason for something, the honest reason is always the best one.
That being said, it might not always be possible for you to tell the truth every time, which is why you might need a viable excuse to explain yourself.
If you find yourself in such a position – having screenshotted someone’s snap you now need to answer to – we’re here to help you with it by suggesting some decent excuses that are understandable from the next person’s perspective as well.
#1: I was putting on my phone case
Almost everyone who uses a smartphone prefers to use a protective case or cover for it; be it solely for the sake of protection or for the aesthetics of phone covers. So, it’s highly that you might have one on your device as well.
Now, do you get it out from time to time to clean the back glass of your smartphone or to admire your phone in its naked glory? Well, whatever the reason, you can always use it as an excuse for someone whose snap you screenshotted.
Tell them you were cleaning the backside of your phone, and while putting the case back in, their snap opened and the screenshot got clicked by mistake. If they’re using a phone case too, they will relate to it right away.
#2: I was cleaning my screen
As long as we’re on the topic of cleaning your smartphones, tell us which part of it is the most used by users? It’s the screen, undoubtedly. So, cleaning your phone’s screen every once in a while, is highly recommended for all smartphone owners.
If you’re an android user and have enabled the finger-swipe action for taking screenshots, it’s totally possible for your device to click a screenshot while you’re in the cleaning process.
But what if this person asks why you were cleaning your screen with Snapchat open on it? We have an answer for that as well!
You could tell them you were checking Snapchat while eating your breakfast – or lunch or dinner, depending on the time of the screenshot taken – and spilled it on the phone a little bit.
Now such a thing is seen as an emergency that you need to tend to immediately, so anybody would understand how such a mishap could’ve happened.
#3: I was trying to turn up the volume of my phone
Luckily for us all, Snapchat now also has features of voice and video calls introduced to the app. So, while it would be unthinkable to be on a call while also using Snapchat on the side earlier, it’s the new normal nowadays; the calls themselves take place over the app.
Suppose you are on a Snapchat call with someone and have trouble listening to their voice. In an attempt to remedy it, you press the volume raise button on your device, and coincidentally, the home key is pressed as well – the recipe of a screenshot.
But it wasn’t really your fault, because you merely wanted to talk properly on the call, right? A perfect excuse.
#4: I dropped my phone accidently
Nothing can beat the mini heart attack we feel when we see our phones slipping from our hands right in front of our eyes, but it’s already too late to protect it now – a disaster that cannot be prevented.
When your phone falls down, there’s no telling exactly which angle it’ll land on the floor at, which parts can get damaged, or which buttons will get pressed. If, in the midst of such an accident, your phone clicks a screenshot incidentally, there’s nothing you can do about it.
If you explain the same to the next person, they’d easily grasp the scenario and might even sympathize with it.
#5: I was trying to screenshot someone else’s snap
Another genuine excuse that already goes on around Snapchat quite a lot. While Snapchat users can be offended and have questions when you screenshot their snap, as soon as you tell them you meant to take it off someone else’s snap, they’re suddenly too understanding.
And it makes sense as well. One should only be concerned as far as they’re involved in an equation. If the whole intent behind your action didn’t involve them, who else did it involve, and why should no longer be their concern, right?
This is why we believe almost every Snapchatter can use this excuse in every scenario; unless, of course, the person on the other side is your own girlfriend/boyfriend. In their case, you’re going to have a hard time explaining why you’d want to screenshot someone else’s snap.
#6: My back-tap was on (only applicable for iOS users)
If you’re an iOS user, you’d already be familiar with the touch controls Apple provides to its users. The best part is you get to choose what function will a certain touch enable on your device; it’s the epitome of personal customization.
One touch control that most iOS users keep enabled is screenshots with back taps. Because screenshots are important to all of us, the easier you can make the process of taking them, the better for you.
However, at times, this touch-sensitive action can be triggered on its own, too. For instance, when you put your phone on the table too quickly, or are holding it up for a selfie but manage to tap it by mistake.
If they’ve used an iOS device at any point, they’d be willing to perceive it as a genuine mistake and move forward accordingly.
#7: My phone was being grabbed
If you live in a family with siblings or cousins, you’re bound to have at least one or two quarrels every week, isn’t that right? Well, when stuck in a tough spot, you can always count on these people; not to vouch for you, just to formulate a convincing excuse.
Tell the next person you were in the middle of using Snapchat when your brother/sister grabbed your phone to show their friends a video they shot on it last week. In all that action, a screenshot must have been captured by mistake.
#8: My battery was at 1%
For the last, we’ve been saving an excuse that’s not just convincing but also most thoughtful. The ultimate battery-dying excuse. Unlike our parents who always aim to keep their phone’s battery fully charged, this generation is more of running at 13% charge.
So, it’s not hard to fathom that you notice your phone’s battery being about to die at the last moment. But when you tell them that you screenshotted their snap just so that you could see it properly after charging your phone later on, that will add a thoughtful bit to this excuse. Don’t you agree?
With this, we’re ready to wrap things up for our today’s blog. Would you like to find a quick summary of all our learnings?
Our discussion today revolved around screenshots, and how they’re perceived on Snapchat. We then moved on to talk about eight excuses you can use as a good reason for screenshotting on the platform if someone asked you about it.
Struggling with something else on Snapchat? Check out our Snapchat section; you might find a solution there!