If you’re a Snapchat regular, you’re probably already aware that the Snapchat application has something called filters, which can be added to your snap after you’ve taken it. (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 use them, and how to get more.
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All you need to do to add filters to snaps is swipe right on your mobile device’s screen. You’ll see a list of filters, and when you’ve found a filter you like you can apply it to your snap. But eventually you’re going to want more than just the basic filters Snapchat offers.
We thought you’d be keen to know how to get more Snapchat filters to use.
First off, you need to make sure that filters are turned on within the Snapchat 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 are available to all users. Regular, or default, Snapchat filters include a time stamp, the current temperature, and references to things that are going on in the world (such as the Olympics, if they’re happening at the time, 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. Read on.
Get More Snapchat Filters
Swiping right gives you the basic Snapchat filters. However, by swiping your finger left on your mobile device’s screen, Snapchat allows you to apply four different color filters to your snaps. These are like the filters you canapply to photos in Instagram, or like the built-in filter selector in your mobile device’s photo app, 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 to find specific filters created for where you are at the moment—called geolocation filters, or “geofilters.” Neighborhoods and businesses can create custom geofilters to put a personal stamp on snaps taken in the area. These are used all over the world and they are different from place to place. 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. You’re on your way to becoming a Snapchat power user. Got a Snapchat filter tip we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments. Until next time—stay snappy.