How to get more Snapchat Filters and Lenses

02 Sep, 2022

Snapchat now includes built-in visual technologies. You can use them to make the best Snapsterpieces for your friends and followers.

Snapchat is a fun way to show off your personality. Yet, after a few hundred photos, it can become dull. Using filters, lenses, and stickers can help you make your Snapchats more entertaining.

Here is a guide on adding more exciting elements, including lenses and filters, to your snaps.

What is the difference between Snapchat filters and lenses?

Snapchat filters are static additions that you may use to enhance your images. Unlike visible lenses, the filter gets applied after the picture gets clicked.

Several Snapchat filters are only accessible for a limited time. If you like one, in particular, you might wish to take a few pictures with it and save it to your memories.

Snapchat lenses vary from filters. They incorporate animations into your selfies. They're a collection of augmented reality effects you may apply to your images and videos. It uses face detection technology. So, all the objects you select (dog faces, rainbows, bunny ears, characters, etc.) will move with your face. You can set lenses in position before capturing the photo.

How to enable Snapchat filters?

You'll need to enable Snapchat filters before you can start using them.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Open the Snapchat app.

  2. In the top-left area of the screen, tap your Profile icon.

    Enable Snapchat filters (Step 2): Go your profile icon

  3. Open the Settings by tapping the "Gear"-symbol in the top-right corner.

    Enable Snapchat filters (Step 3): Tap the gear to get to the settings

  4. Scroll down and tap "Manage" under "Additional Services".

    Enable Snapchat filters (Step 4): Tap "Manage" under 'Additional Services"

  5. "Toggle" the filters on/off slider at the top.

How to add a filter to a snap?

Here is how you can add a Snapchat filter to your snap.

  1. Open the Snapchat app.

  2. Take a photo or record a video by tapping and holding the circle in the bottom center of the screen.

    Adding Filters to Snap (Step 2): Record a photo or video by click (and holding) the circle

  3. To toggle through your filters, Swipe right or left over the photo or video you recently shot.

    Adding Filters to Snap (Step 3): Swipe right or left on the recorded video/photo to add filters

  4. "Send" the snap to friends or add it to your stories by tapping the Blue-and-white button. It is in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

    Adding Filters to Snap (Step 4): Send it to your friends or add it to your stories.

You can use more than one filter. Tap and hold one filter and swipe left or right through filters with another finger.

How to create a filter?

To create a Snapchat Filter, follow these steps:

  1. Open Snapchat and select the "Filter-Symbol" (a small happy face). It is to the right of the Take Photo button.

    How to create Snapchat filters (Step 1): Select the filter-symbol

  2. Choose the "Create" option in the bottom left corner of the filter page.

    How to create Snapchat filters (Step 2): Tap on "Create"

  3. From Right to Left, scroll through the selections. Some options enable you to customize much more than others. For instance, the options allow you to change filter color, makeup, facial characteristics, etc.

    How to create Snapchat filters (Step 3): Scroll through the selections right-to-left, add options to your filter and customize it further

  4. Now, you can take photos or videos and apply the filter on them!

How to use Snapchat filters?

Here are the steps on how to use Snapchat filters.

  1. First, open your Snapchat App. When you first open Snapchat, it will default to using the back-facing camera. Double-tap on the screen to change to your front camera if you want to take a selfie. You can also use the "Flip icon" in the upper right corner.

    How to use Snapchat filters (Step 1): Switch the camera using the flip-icon

  2. Tap on the screen. At the bottom of the screen, a carousel of icons will emerge.

    How to use Snapchat filters (Step 2): Tap on the screen to access the icons

  3. Swipe up to see the various filter selections (it may take some time for each one to load).

    How to use Snapchat filters (Step 3): Swipe up to access the filters

  4. When you're ready, tap the Lens-symbol to take a photo (or tap and hold for video).

    How to use Snapchat filters (Step 4): Tap the Lens-symbol to take a photo or hold to record a video

How to get more Snapchat Filters?

Some filters on Snapchat are permanent. Others will change and alter depending on what Snapchat has to offer at any given time. After you've captured an image for a video, swipe left and right to go through the filters.

The different types of filters include:

Snapchat Color Filters

Color filters are the most basic form of filter on Snapchat, and they are always available. For modifying the visual aspect of your photo, you have four alternatives.

  • The first filter smoothes your picture.

  • The second filter is a sepia filter.

  • The third filter over-saturates specific colors, resulting in a unique photo.

  • The fourth filter is black and white.

Snapchat Overlay Filters

Based on the location and activity, the filters provide background information about your snap.

  • The time filter displays the time you took the picture.

  • The temperature filter will display the temperature.

  • The altitude filter shows you how high you are above sea level. Based on your geolocation, this filter becomes available or unavailable.

Snapchat Geofilters

Geofilters use your present location. They are suitable for large and small towns and cities.

Snapchat Filters for Each Day of the Week

The Day of the Week filters are like the overlay filters, but they're all unique in style. It will alter to say your town or city's name below based on your geography.

Bitmoji Filters for Snapchat

The majority of Bitmoji usage is through stickers within the app. There are times when you can use the Bitmoji filters with your avatar.

How to enable lenses?

To make use of Face Lenses,

  • Navigate to the Camera tab.

  • To start the carousel, tap on a face.

  • Swipe up or down on the carousel, then tap one of the Lenses.

  • To capture the snap, tap or hold.

What are Face Lenses and World Lenses?

Face Lenses transform you and your companions into new characters. It can be babies, nobility in flower crowns, or even puppies!

World Lenses allow you to reinvent the world around you and give life to characters! The World Lenses function overlays the user's screen with charming, cartoon-like 3D emojis.

How to get more Snapchat lenses?

  1. Choosing New Lenses with the Lens Explorer

Lens Explorer is a new method to explore and discover thousands of lenses on Snapchat.

  1. Adding New Lenses to Your Phone Using Snapcodes

You can add new lenses to your phone by using Snapcodes.

To do so, you'll need to save the Snapcode snapshot to your camera roll first. Open the app and select your photo; then tap Add Friends. Change it to Snapcode at the top.

  1. Using Snapcodes on a Computer

You also can access the Snapcode photo on your computer. Point your phone's camera at the screen and scan the code from there. You should see a "New Lens Found" alert on your screen once the program detects the code. To unlock the lens, select "Unlock for 24 hours" (some will be available for a short time only).

How to use Snapchat Lenses?

  1. Open the Snapchat app on your smartphone.

  2. Allow the app to use your phone's camera.

  3. Next to the center circle, press the smiley face.

  4. A row of little circles should appear — these are the various lenses you can use.

  5. After you've chosen a lens, you may start taking photos or videos.


Snapchat is one of those social media apps that has a lot of functionalities. This guide on Snapchat filters and lenses will help create beautiful, funny, and interesting snaps and filters. While filters and AR lenses can customize the snaps, you can use geofilters to add a custom lens.