Whether you like it or not, Snapchat is currently one of the most popular social media platforms around. Young people (and grownups as well, let’s not kid ourselves!) are on Snapchat 24/7. If you’re new to Snapchat, you’ll probably have trouble comprehending how it all works, let alone understanding the Snap-cabulary.
A case in point are Geofilters – a new trend in the world of Snapchat. Essentially, they’re special Snapchat filters that are accessible in particular locations only. They draw their inspiration from digital stickers, but evoke exclusivity based on location.
How Does It Work?
- How Does It Work?
- Where to Get Snapchat Geofilters?
- Getting Started
- 10 Best Snapchat Geofilters
- Snapchat Geofilters
Before moving on to the bulk of best Snapchat Geofilters on the market, let’s discuss how geofilters actually work. So, they’re location-exclusive, you probably got that. But what do I, in Boston, Massachusetts, see, when you post a picture with geofilters from St. Louis, Missouri? Well, geofilters change depending on where you are. For example, you may not see what your recipient sees.
Where to Get Snapchat Geofilters?
In the beginning, Snapchat geofilters were available through the company’s official releases. Therefore, they were somewhat limited. However, as the selection grew, community-submitted, location-based filters have become a thing. These are mostly free and available for all users.
Additionally, there are custom geofilters available. You can get them for one-month or one-day purchase periods.
To get things started, pick a style that’s on-demand or design a geofilter from scratch. Once you’ve submitted the design and Snapchat has approved it, you’ll be prompted to map it. Alternatively, contact Snapchat and have them design a geofilter for you. Of course, the former method is going to cost you.
To map a geofilter, provide the details for the area that you want to apply it to. Snapchat will come up with something called a “geofence” of roughly 20,000 feet. And people within this range will be able to use your geofilters.
To find a geofilter, open the Snapchat app, navigate to the cog icon (settings), select Manage, and check the Filters box. Now, all you need to do is be in the right place at the right time. This is how it works.
10 Best Snapchat Geofilters
You can find cool geofilters, create your own, or have a filter created by Snapchat. Either way, you’re going to need some inspiration to get things going. Here are some top Snapchat geofilters to spark your imagination.
10. Dolgoch Falls, Wales, UK
Have you ever heard of the Snowdonia? Yes, it does sound like a place from a fantasy movie. However, the site is very much real, and a national park located in Wales. Yes, that Wales, in the United Kingdom.
Now, as for the geofilter, there are three beautiful waterfalls in this park, reachable only on foot. It’s quite a stroll, but the sights you’ll see along the way are more than worth the trouble. You’ll encounter a couple of caves and certainly won’t be disappointed.
As a final note, have you ever watched the music video for No Quarter by Led Zeppelin? Yep, some featured shots are from right here.
9. Jozani Forest, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Did you know that Zanzibar has a single national park? It’s such a travesty that a location that’s teeming with wildlife has only one site that preserves its widespread flora and fauna. In any case, you can expect gorgeous sights in this location.
It isn’t easy-to-reach, however, you’ll have to travel on foot for the most part. So be sure to get a travel guide.
The most unique thing about the Jozani Forest is that it’s home to the Zanzibar red colobus monkey species. These beautiful monkeys reside exclusively on the island.
If you ever happen to find yourself in this gorgeous location, be sure to search for the Jozani Forest geofilter to make your snaps even more unique.
8. Gruta Rei Do Mato, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
This breathtaking cave is near a highway, very close to the Sete Lagoas city in Brazil. Its proximity to a highway doesn’t make the Gruta Rei Do Mato cave accessible. Translated to English, the cave’s name means “Cave of the Forest King”.
The cave features numerous stalagmites and stalactites, as well as rimstone dams. There are many other cave systems in the location, but Gruta Rei Do Mato is the most famous.
When snapping fresh photos of this wondrous cave, be sure to check out its geofilter and use it for your snaps.
7. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Montana may not sound like the most exciting part of the States, but it’s definitely one of its most beautiful, life-rich locations. This is especially true for Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. The park covers a vast range of towering mountains, formed by glaciers over the course of the last ice age.
Glacier National Park isn’t a location that you can take a stroll around. It’s hard-to-reach and requires an experienced tour guide by your side. Unless you’re the park ranger, that is.
If you’re snapping along in this national park, you’ll see a cute filter pop up. Now, it may not be the most exclusive-looking filter and it’s definitely not fancy, and it doesn’t need to be. The area is beautiful enough by itself. The Glacier National Park is a brilliant addition to your collection of rare geofilters.
6. Kokino, Macedonia
This true Balkan beauty of a location looks like something out of one of the Lord of the Rings movies, or an episode of Game of Thrones. Kokino is a Bronze Age archeological site located less than 20 miles from Kumanovo, North Macedonia.
It covers about 6,000 square yards and rests at around 3,000 feet above sea level. Kokino stands tall in the middle of nowhere, its rocks rising above the surrounding green hills and fields.
Geofilter-wise, it’s a great location to photograph. Definitely hard to reach, you’ll have to do it on foot (and hand). Once you’ve reached the top, though, you’ll enjoy taking a snap with a beautiful orange geofilter that pops up at the bottom of your screen.
5. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
In Central Province of Sri Lanka, lies the humble town of Dambulla. In itself, the town is beautiful and will help you capture some awesome shots. However, in the town’s proximity, you’ll find the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Essentially, it’s a breathtaking column of rock, resting at 660 feet. This is somewhat amazing for rock columns.
The best part about this gorgeous rock fortress is that it’s nearby green surroundings make for a brilliant photo opportunity. You don’t have to be a climber to capture impressive photos with the Sigiriya geofilter. If you get the chance to climb Sigiriya, though, you should definitely do it. The view from the top of this rock fortress is unmistakably and unequivocally amazing.
The filter is relatively simple but will fit perfectly with your snaps, at least based on the colors of choice.
4. Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil
This municipality cover 926,000 acres, which is pretty vast. That’s almost 1,500 square miles! There isn’t a single more gorgeous sight to see and snap a photo of. As Presidente Figueiredo boasts rivers, forests, waterfalls, caves, and many other magnificent photo opportunities.
The filter is available anywhere you find yourself in this vast area, provided that you manage to grab hold of an internet connection. We suggest that you snap your photos and wait until you get to a resort or a place with internet access, and then upload them using the unique geofilter.
This is one of the most beautiful areas in Brazil, which does say a lot.
3. Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York City is one of the largest cities in the whole world. It’s vibrant with nightlife, business, culture, and every urban thing that comes to mind. Brooklyn is one of Big Apple’s most popular neighborhoods. Taking into account how many neighborhoods this vast city has, being one of the most prominent areas speaks volumes.
Geofilter-wise, Brooklyn has a simplistic, yet very urban flavor. As long as you take a photo of a building (which you won’t have too much trouble finding in Brooklyn), the geofilter will fit like a glove. That’s not to say that any other part of this vibrant neighborhood won’t gel with this geofilter.
2. Manhattan, New York, USA
What’s there to say about Manhattan? It’s lively, extremely urban, and, well, Central Park. Manhattan is New York City’s business district and one of the world’s most popular peninsulas. Saying that it offers one of the best urban photo opportunities would be a vast understatement.
If you’re ever in Manhattan, for whatever reason, make sure that you’ve snapped a couple of fresh shots of the surrounding buildings, or the beautifully green and vast Central Park. The geofilter here is Wall Street-inspired, though, so definitely snap a couple of photos of Manhattan’s business district. You can’t miss it, honestly.
1. Venice, California, USA
Venice is one of the world’s most popular beachfronts. It’s a commercial, residential, and recreational neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California. Its world-renowned boardwalk will land you with countless snap opportunities. Venice is a neighborhood widely renowned for its gorgeous canals with residential structures surrounding them.
The geofilter here is totally surf/skate-styled, a subculture I’m very familiar with. Whether you’re capturing Venice’s canals, boardwalk, palm trees, or skate parks, this geofilter is going to work like a charm.
There you have it, a roundup of Snapchat’s geofilters feature. Whether you’re hunting for cool geofilters, looking to make new ones, or plan on paying up to have Snapchat make them for you, keeping these points in mind will help you come up with the most incredible snaps.
The featured locations are extraordinary, unique, and beautiful. Don’t wait for it, get up and get started with your Geofilter hunt.
Which geofilter ideas do you like the best from the list? Do you have any questions about how Snapchat geofilters work? Feel free to hit the comment section below and add your questions, thoughts, tips and tricks.