No Filter, No Fun: How to Use Snapchat Filters

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Snapchat is great for many reasons, but one of them is for the fun alterations you can use to make your photos stand out. These various filters give you the power to add an artistic flair to your otherwise boring photo of your morning cup of coffee.

Using filters can help enhance the color of your photo or let your friends know where you are. If you’ve never played around with these filters before you are definitely missing out.

These filters are easy and fun to apply to all your photos. Keep reading to learn how to use Snapchat filters!

Snap A Photo

The Snapchat app comes complete with built-in filters. All you have to do to start using these filters is snap a photo or video in the app using the circular button towards the bottom of the screen. After you take your photo or video, use your finger to swipe left on the screen.

You’ll be able to scroll through the different filters available to you to see which one you like best. Make sure you turn your location on in the settings to see all your filter options.

You can also see what a filter would look like on a photo from your camera roll. Try this by clicking the photo icon at the very bottom of the screen, select your photo, and then choosing edit after clicking the three dots in the top right.

Applying Snapchat Filters

Once you find a filter you like, you simply stop swiping to leave it applied to your image. You can add multiple filters by either tapping the layer icon on the lower right-hand side of the screen or holding one finger down on the image and then using a different finger to swipe towards the left. You can apply up to three filters at a time to your photo.

Depending on the time of day, time of year, and your location, your filter options will vary. You may see filters surrounding holidays, seasons, or filters saying what city you’re in. These filters based on your location are called geofilters and will change frequently according to where you are.


Geofilters can be created by either the Snapchat team or Snapchat users. These filters are a fun way to signify what city you’re currently in, what restaurant you’re eating at, or what landmark you are close by.

Users can also create personal geofilters surrounding a certain event such as a wedding or a birthday. These user-made filters are available to any person near to the event. You can use a geofilter maker to make your own personal geofilter for your next event.

Now You Know How To Use Snapchat Filters!

Follow these steps above and soon you’ll be creating Snapchat masterpieces! Knowing how to use Snapchat filters turns your regular photo taking into a creative experience.

Adding these various filters is sure to up your Snapchat game and have all your friends looking forward to seeing what you’re doing next. For more tips on how to do things check out our website!


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