Being bored with usual filters that add some light to your photos or selfies and little symbols? Here’s how to get more Snapchat filters on this list.
A fun way to express yourself is Snapchat. But it can get boring after taking a couple of hundred snaps. Fortunately, by using filters, lenses, and stickers, you can make your Snapchats more interesting.
You might be familiar with a lot of the tweaks and tips in this guide if you are a Snapchat user. However, it can be a difficult app to use for those new to Snapchat.
A steep learning curve comes with the more advanced features. Luckily, it is easy to take advantage of their filters, features, Snap maps, and everything else the app provides, once you know what you are doing within the app.
Get More Snapchat Filters
The first thing we need to do is enable Snapchat filters if they are not already there. We use the redesigned Snapchat app that was launched on Android in December 2017.
In addition, if you already do not have the latest version of the app, do not worry. This is a simple process, regardless of whether you are a filter-enabled Android or iOS user.
Alternatively, ensuring that they are enabled once you know where to look, is a simple task.
Before you can start using filters on Snapchat, you’ll have to enable them. Here’s how:
Open your Snapchat app.
Tap your profile icon in the top-left corner of the screen.
Then tap the gear icon in the top-right to open your Settings.
Under “Additional Services,” tap “Manage.”
Tap the slider at the top to turn on filters.
Snapchat tested a fully automated version of Snapchat, where the filters are always activated. Consider turning on “Travel Mode” below while you are here.
It will not have an effect on your filters, but by not loading snaps in the background when you are on mobile data, it will save your phone some battery power and data usage. Continuing to search for daily Snapchat users is a good choice.
Geofilters are only available in certain places, so you’ll need to allow Snapchat to access your location.
To do this, iOS users should go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Snapchat and select “While Using the App”. If you use Android, go to Settings > Location > Turn on.
Once you’ve activated that feature, geofilters will appear alongside your normal filters.
Don’t expect loads to become available all at once—or indeed at all until you’re at a major landmark. These add a place name and illustration to your snap, probably just to make your friends jealous.
That means you won’t unlock one if you’re simply shuffling around your own house (unless you happen to live in Times Square).
It’s a great way of encouraging people to get out there, explore the world, and show off a little bit.
Inside Snapchat, the most basic type of filter is always enabled. You can find four different filters for adjusting your photo’s visual appearance.
The first smoothes out the skin tone, removes blemishes and acne artificially while brightening the photo as well. The second is a sepia-styled filter, which gives your photo a sun-baked look.
The third boosts the blue levels of your image while also over-saturating specific colors to create a unique look. The fourth is a simple black and white filter.
These are entirely based on your current location, and work for towns and cities large and small. Not every town has a local geofilter, and certain towns may default to the city they’re near.
Other cities, like New York’s individual boroughs or Los Angeles, have multiple geofilters for tracking your location depending on the part of the city you find yourself in.
For years, these overlay filters gave some contextual information for your snap based on your location and activity. While they’re still activated, every overlay filter has been translated into a sticker for easier use.
We’ll describe why in a moment, but first, a short description of each one.
The Time Filter
The time filter actively displays the time you took your photo, without changing the photo.
The Temperature Filter
The temperature filter will display the temperature of your area based on your current location.
The Speed Filter
The speed filter detects how fast you’re moving as you take a snap.
Depending on your altitude, and altitude filter will appear occasionally to display your current height from sea level. And if your battery is fully charged or about to die, you’ll have a happy or sad battery icon available for use.
These have been moved from their original filter location to the sticker tab (accessible by tapping on the small post-it note icon to the right) in order to be more flexible.
With a sticker, you can now move the temperature or time around as opposite to have it stuck permanently in the middle of the screen. It’s a small change, but a smart one.
So if you’re wondering where your filters went, they’ve been moved to the sticker menu.
Day of the Week Filters:
These are really similar to the overlay filters, but they’re all uniquely designed and, depending on your location, will change to say your town or city’s name below.
Unlike the plain white design of the clock or temperature, these are cartoonish and fun in design.
You might also see some sponsored filters for everything from movies to stores like Walmart to any other products made to be sold to mass audiences.
Advertising is how Snapchat makes the majority of their cash and you can bet those filters show up in your feed on a regular basis.
If you’re curious if a filter is sponsored—beyond the fact that it’s typically pretty obvious—just look for the word “Sponsored” somewhere in the snap. This won’t be on your snap when you send it and fades away after a few seconds.
But Snapchat does make it clear and obvious what is and isn’t a sponsored filter.
Though Bitmoji originally began life as an independent company called Bitstrips (you may remember the customizable comics; they were incredibly popular on Facebook), Snapchat finally acquires the company in 2016 following a year of integration within the app itself.
If you haven’t already made a Bitmoji on your Android or iOS device you won’t see these options appear until your accounts are linked.
That said, once you’ve created your digital avatar there’s a ton of fun to be had with Bitmoji inside of Snapchat.
Most Bitmoji usage comes from stickers within the app but there are, on occasion, Bitmoji filters that feature your own avatar placed into the filter.
Likewise, when you’re replying to a friend you also gain access to a Bitmoji filter that has the two Bitmojis featured together.
Those are the basics when it comes to filters on Snapchat, but we still have to talk about a few more things. For that, let’s move onto the real meat of this article: how to get additional Snapchat filters on your snap.