If you’re a Snapchat regular, you’re probably already aware that the Snapchat application has something called filters. The filters can be added to your snap once you’ve taken one. A snap is a picture or video taken with the Snapchat application, in case you’re new to the game. If indeed you’re new to the world of Snapchat, we’re going to tell you all about Snapchat filters, how to get more, and how to use them.
All you need to do to add filters to snaps is swipe right on your mobile device’s screen and apply it to your snap when you’ve found a filter you like. Do you want more than just the primary filters offered in Snapchat?
We thought you’d be keen to know how to get more Snapchat filters to use.
First off, you need to make sure that the Snapchat filters are turned on within the application itself.
To enable filters in Snapchat, follow these simple steps:
- On your Snapchat profile page, tap the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of your mobile display to enter Snapchat Settings.
- Next, scroll down until you get to “Additional Services.” Then, tap on “Manage.”
- At the top of the following screen, toggle the filter button to the “on” position. Once it’s turned on, it’ll appear a teal green color. If it’s off, it’ll be all white in color.
Now Snapchat filters are enabled. With Snapchat filters enabled, now take a snap; then, you can swipe right to add one of the default filters that all users find available within the app to your snap. Regular or default Snapchat filters include a time stamp, the current temperature, and things going on in the world (such as the Summer Olympics at the time of this writing) or current movie releases. You can use these filters as an overlay on your snaps.
Want more than just the basic filters? Yes. Jolly good. We thought you’d say that. Read on.
Get More Snapchat Filters
Okay. So, swiping right gives you the basic Snapchat filters. However, by swiping your finger left on your mobile’s screen, Snapchat allows you the use of four different color filters to apply to your snaps. These are like the filters you use to apply to photos in Instagram, or like the built-in filter selector within the photo app on your mobile device which lets you add a little something to spice up your pictures.
If you want access to additional location-based filters, you’re going to need location services enabled on your mobile device. These filters use your current location and use specific filters created for where you are at the moment—called geolocation filters. These are used all over the world and they are different from place to place. So, try them out and see which different filters you have available while you’re on the move.
To use the latest and greatest Snapchat filters, be sure to update the application on a regular basis.
That brings this Snapchat filter tutorial to a close. Got a Snapchat filter tip we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments. Until next time—stay snappy.