How to Use Snapchat Filters and Lenses [Updated 2022]

Have you ever imagine Snapchat without any filters and lenses? Let’s say you sleep at night, and the next early morning, you open the Snapchat to send a cute snap to your girlfriend. When you try to take a snap, then boom, there’s nothing. No any lenses and even filters. Seeing that thing would be pretty unbelievable and shocking.

Snapchat is the best way to express yourself with a snap. But after taking the same regular snaps every day can be boring. That’s where filters and lenses come in handy.

If you are an everyday user of Snapchat, then you already know about the Snapchat filter and its lenses. But for those who are new on the app and heard so much about its popular filters and lenses and want to try them out, then you came into the right article.

Today you are going to learn how to use Snapchat filters and lenses and where to find more of them. But before we jump to our main topic, let’s know a little bit about the filters and lenses of Snapchat. Are they similar or not?

Difference Between Snapchat Filter and Lenses

Snapchat attracts lots of people via its engaging and interesting filter and lenses. Not only that, but people are also having fun with its mind-blowing Cameos.

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If you don’t know what is Cameos and how to use it, then check out this article.

Now, here’s come the main thing. Many Snapchat users get confused over these two terms “Filter” and “Lenses”. They are taking these two popular features as the same. But let me tell you the truth, they are not.

Although both filters and lenses are called as Snapchat filters most of the time but there’s a slight difference between them as well as the working process. So what are those?

Snapchat Filters

Well, Snapchat filters are just a static image overlay on a photo. They place on the top of your photo and any videos. Whenever you apply one of them, then you can see some sort of effects along with some written words. If you snap a photo or video, then it only applies to the surface area, not on your face or something like that.

Usually, Snapchat filters are two different types:

Default: This default filter is available to all users all around the world. It uses the color tones, temperature, and time whenever you apply one of them in your photo or video. You don’t have to do anything, just take a pre-existing photo or take a new one and put the filter of your choice.

Geofilters: It is also the same filter; there are no any other extra features on it. But geofilter is only available around the specific geographical radius. In other words, you can only use those specific filters if they are available in your location. You may be wondering why? Well, when a designer or a person who made that filter sets a location or area where it can be used.

Let’s take an example; if a filter is made only for your city area, then it cannot be used beyond that. This means, when you go far away from your city, then that specific filter will not be available because it’s only made for your city area. Clear now? 

So turning on your location can get your more filters on Snapchat.

Snapchat Lenses

On the other side, lenses are reality animation that usually wraps your face. If you have ever seen your friends’ snap where he has a dog ear, nose, and tongue, then its a Snapchat lens. Usually, people called it a dog filter, but in reality, it is a lens.

Snapchat lenses allow users to choose various face-morphing effects while taking any snaps or videos. When you choose certain your lens, it activates before you take a snap. So this way, you can look at whether a lens suits you or not. 

There are lots of lenses available on Snapchat like animals, funny, sad, birthday and many more. Besides, you can also create your own lenses on Snapchat for a special day or purpose, sound interesting, right?

Now, you have a clear idea of what are filters and lenses. Apart from that, if you want to refer lenses as “filters” then its fine. That’s your choice, but these are the differences between them.

How to Activate Snapchat Filters?

Before you start to using the Snapchat filters first, you need to activate them. That’s why, because as a default, you can only access eight filters. But, if you need more than which are on location-based, which we have talked about “Geofilters,” then you have to activate the filter from the settings.

So let’s see how we can do that.

  1. Once you open the Snapchat app, head to the Profile icon section. It is located at the upper left corner of the screen.
  2. Now, tap on the Settings gear icon from the upper right corner.
  3. Under the Additional Services, tap on the Manage option.
  4. Now, tap on the slider to on the filters.

Besides, Snapchat lenses are already activated, so you won’t have to do anything.

Alternative Method

If you want to use the Geofilters (more other filters), then you have to turn on your location. As I already said that, geofilters are only available around a specific area.

In this section, we will learn to turn on location on Android and IOS devices for the geofilters.

Android Device: Follow this path Settings > Location > Toggle on.

IOS Device: Follow this path Settings > Privacy > Location Service > Snapchat > While Using the App

How to Use Snapchat Filters?

Till now, you have a clear idea of how does Snapchat filters and lenses works. After that, you have learned to activate filters on Snapchat with the help of the above simple steps.

In case your filter is not activated properly, then open your location, and you are the way to go.

Furthermore, you can also apply Snapchat filters and lenses on camera roll photos. If you want to know how then check out this article.

Now, in this section, we will learn to use Snapchat filters. It’s an easy peasy little work, so let’s have a little look at the below down steps.

  1. Now after activating the filters, then move to the camera section.
  2. There, tap a perfect snap by tapping on the circle at the bottom. You can also take a short video to know the working process of filters.
  3. After that, swipe left or right to apply the filters. You can choose any filters according to your desire that suits your photo.
  4. If you want to use more than one filter on the same photo, then hold the one filter with one hand and keep swiping left or right for the second filter. After that, release your finger that holds the first filter. Now you can have two filters at once on a single photo.
  5. Finally, if you are satisfied, then tap on the blue and white arrow button at the right bottom corner to send your photo. You can either send it to your friends or add to your Snapchat story.

This way, you can easily apply any filters you want on your Snapchat video and photo. Once again, it depends on your location that which filter is available in that specific area. Suppose it’s Halloween time, and you will only see that filter during that time, not at Christmas time.

So open the Geo-location by turning on your location and see which filter is cooking in your area.

How to Use Snapchat Lenses?

Now it’s time for the Snapchat lenses.

As I already said that lenses could be used in real-time photos or videos, while filters are only used to the taken snap or video. You can have a special effect on your Photo with lenses. Let’s take a common example: cat filter, dog filter, queen filter, puking rainbow filter, dancing hotdog, and more.

You can even make a clone version of yourself on Snapchat, which is pretty amazing and fun.

But remember lenses constantly changes, so don’t expect the same lenses forever on Snapchat. When there a new update on the app, then it may remove the lenses which you are using for a while. So if your all favorite time lenses got remove/deleted, then you still can find lots of other exciting and engaging lenses. Besides, the popular dog filter, face swap filter, and flower crown have never been deleted by Snapchat.

So are you excited to use lenses on your snap and video?

Okay, let’s jump to the steps down below.

  1. On the Snapchat camera, switch the front camera.
  2. Now, tap on the Smiley face icon next to the circle.
  3. Place your face on the screen and tap on one lens. Now, you can see the effect of the lens which you are using.
  4. To take a snap with lenses, just tap on the lens which you are currently using and for a short video, hold the lens for a longer time.
  5. If you are using the voice changer lens, then it only works on the video, not on Photo. If you are going to use it, then say something while taking video, and it will change your voice.
  6. Finally, tap on a blue and white option from the right bottom of the screen to send your Photo or video to your friends or on your story.

Isn’t it pretty dam simple, right?

Now try out all the lenses available on Snapchat on your Photo or video.

Apart from that, you can also add the filter on your taken photo/video with lenses. How?

Well, once you take a snap using the lens, then swipe either right or left, and there you go, you have filters. Quite simple.

How to Unlock More Snapchat Filters and Lenses?

Suppose you have tried out all the filters and lenses of Snapchat. You are pretty bored using the same filters again and again on photo and video. There you want to use other exciting filters and lenses which are different from the regular one. In addition, you are also thinking about creating your own lenses. So what will you do in that case?

In my case, I will choose the Snapchat lens Studio. With the lens studio’s help, you can create your own version lenses and filters and use them on Snapchat. The credit will go to you for that lens. That’s because there will be a snapcode of your created lenses, and if anyone wants to use it, then they have to scan your lenses. How’s that sound, interesting, right?

I have written an article on how to create lenses on Snapchat. You can check that out and make your custom lenses.

Besides, GemLens is also another best source of social media filters. You can choose a variety of Snapchat filters on that site. Just search for the desired filter and download it on your Snapchat. Another exciting thing about the GemLens is that you can also get new filters for your Instagram. So check it out:

There is also another option for Snapchat users to get more filters and lenses. This time we will look at the Snapchat app itself. We will search for the lenses on the Snapchat app to make users more easier to get lenses without any consuming time.

Now, let’s see how you can do that?

  1. Open the Snapchat app.
  2. Tap on the Smiley face icon on the camera section.
  3. Now, tap on the Explorer option at the right bottom corner.
  4. There choose any lenses or search for your own.

How to Scan Snapcode of Filter or lenses?

Have you ever find the amazing Snapchat lenses or filter somewhere on the website? Or let’s say your friend sends you funny lenses on Facebook. So how will you scan the lenses or image?

Don’t know then here have a little look.

  • Once you find the Snapchat lenses or image, then open your Snapchat camera.
  • Now, place your camera at the lens code and hold your finger in the middle of the screen.
  • Let it scan the lens, and it will be activated on your Snapchat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are lenses Different From Filter on Snapchat?

Yes, lenses are the AR face-morphing effects that use the real-time face to apply t’s effect. However, filters are pre-made layout which you can use after taking a snap.

Why Doesn’t My Snapchat Have All the Filters?

If your Snapchat doesn’t have all the filters then maybe they are removed from Snapchat. One thing you should remember that Snapchat does remove the old filters and adds new ones every month.

Can You Favorite Snapchat Filter?

Yes, you can. Simply tap on the start icon from the upper left corner to favorite your filter.

Can You Use Snapchat Filter On Camera Roll Photos?

Yes, you can easily use Snapchat Filter on camera roll photos by using the in-built feature.


Lastly, Snapchat filters and lenses are quite useful features of Snapchat. Without them, it would be possible for us to pass our boring time. So whenever you feel like using the filters or lenses now, you have learned the process, right?

Create an amusing photo using the filters and lenses that attracts more followers on Snapchat.

And don’t forget to turn on your Geolocation so that you can get ore filters according to your location.

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