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Can’t take screenshot due to security policy? Here’s why

Cant take screenshot due to security policy

If you get the Can’t take the screenshot due to the security policy on your Android, you’re probably trying to take screenshots in Chrome’s Incognito mode or in an app that contains sensitive data. Reddit is an exception because its official app prohibits screenshots, too. The Chrome Incognito mode has a way around but you’re out of luck with most apps. We explain why is this the case below and present a way to enable screenshots in Chrome Incognito mode.

How to bypass the Can’t take screenshot due to security policy on Android

It all depends. Certain apps come with no-screenshot policies for security reasons and there’s no way to do anything about this. Unless you meddle with Magisk but that’s still not a guarantee and we definitely don’t suggest rooting your device if you don’t know what are you doing.

These rules especially apply to banking apps and apps that carry a lot of sensitive data like password managers. But also by Reddit’s official app and others. By not allowing screenshots, the app or website prevents third-party apps to access the screenshot and, therefore, gaining access to your passwords, banking credentials, or personal data of other sorts.

But there’s a way to take screenshots in Chrome’s Incognito mode on Android. If you want to take screenshots in Chrome’s Incognito mode on Android, you can do that by enabling the flag called Incognito Screenshot. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, navigate to chrome://flags.
  3. Search for Incognito Screenshot and enable this flag.can't take screenshot due to security policy
  4. Force close Chrome and open it again.

That’s the further you can go if you get the Can’t take screenshot due to security policy and it concerns only Chrome’s Incognito mode. Or you can always use a third-party browser and apps (Reddit alternatives like Boost) that allow screenshots. This, of course, doesn’t apply to banking apps, password managers, and similar apps and services.

And with that said, we can call it a wrap. We thank you for reading and hope that this article answers your question. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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