LinkedIn does not directly notify users if someone takes a screenshot of their messages. However, there are some indirect ways that LinkedIn messages may indicate a screenshot has been taken.
No Direct Notification from LinkedIn
LinkedIn’s messaging system does not have any built-in feature that alerts a user if their message has been screenshotted. There is no popup, banner, sound, or other obvious notification that goes to the original sender of the message automatically when a screenshot occurs.
Some other messaging apps and social media platforms will trigger a notification when someone takes a screenshot. For example, Snapchat lets users know if someone takes a screenshot of their snaps. Instagram used to have this feature but removed it in 2020. However, LinkedIn has never had any kind of screenshot notification function.
So if you are worried about someone taking a screenshot of your LinkedIn messages, the site itself will not tell you. You need to rely on other signs or methods to determine if a screenshot happened.
Seeing Typing or Read Receipts Stop
One subtle clue that a LinkedIn message screenshot occurred is if you notice the other person has stopped typing or stopped reading your latest messages. This could indicate they took a screenshot and no longer feel the need to continue the conversation.
LinkedIn has read receipts that show when your message has been read. There are also typing indicators that let you see when the other person is typing. If you suddenly stop seeing these notifications, it may suggest the other user got what they wanted with a screenshot and have moved on.
However, this is very circumstantial evidence. The other person may have simply gotten distracted, busy with another task, or feels your conversation has naturally ended. But if the timing seems suspicious, it could hint a screenshot happened right beforehand.
Monitoring Apps or Browser Extensions
There are some third-party apps and browser extensions that claim to notify you if someone takes a screenshot of your messages. These work by monitoring the usage of your device camera, notifications, screenshots folders, and clipboard.
The reliability, privacy implications, and ethics of using these kinds of monitoring and spying apps are controversial, however. Most people would consider it a breach of trust and boundaries to use them without the other person’s knowledge or consent.
If you are comfortable doing so, you can always directly ask the other LinkedIn member if they took a screenshot of your message. This is the most straightforward way to find out.
Keep in mind, however, that they may not answer honestly. And confronting someone about taking a screenshot may come across as aggressive or accusatory, depending on your wording and relationship with that person.
Make sure to ask politely and explain your reasons if you want to inquire about them taking a screenshot. If they did, and it makes you uncomfortable, you can request that they delete it or avoid sharing it further.
Reporting Misuse to LinkedIn
If you discover a LinkedIn user taking inappropriate screenshots of your private messages, you can report them to LinkedIn.
LinkedIn’s User Agreement prohibits sharing private messages without permission. So if someone is taking screenshots to publicly embarrass you or spread private information, LinkedIn may intervene.
To report a LinkedIn user misusing screenshots, go to their profile and click the “More” button, then choose “Report/Block.” You can select the option “Report for sharing private information or conversations.”
LinkedIn may request screenshots or other proof of the user violating their policies. If verified, they can take actions like removing the content or suspending the user account.
Limitations of LinkedIn Messages
Ultimately, the open nature of LinkedIn messaging means you have limited control over others taking screenshots.
Anyone you message