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How to use Snapchat filters and lenses

How to use Snapchat filters

To use a Snapchat filter, you’ll have to take a photo on either of your phone’s cameras and swipe left or right once you’ve taken the image.

It’ll cycle through some of the photo filters available to you, including options that pull through the current time and your current speed. You do get different ones depending on whether you’re sharing an image or a movie. In the case of a movie you can apply fast-forward and slow-motion effects, for example.

As you swipe right, you’ll also see any geofilters that are available – these overlays cover famous locations and cities, and most big urban areas now have a filter of their own. As users can submit their own, a lot of smaller places will have one as well. You’re also going to come across geofilters for specific events, like popular sports games or music festivals and so on. It’s hard to say exactly when you will find a topical geofilter and when you won’t, but it’s always worth having a look.Sometimes the filters you can see vary between Android and iOS, in case you’re wondering why you can’t access all the ones your friends can.

How to use Snapchat lenses

Snapchat has for some reason hidden the lenses section within its app and if you don’t know it’s there, it can be hard to find. The trick on both iOS and Android apps is to hold down on your face when in selfie mode. Press down on the screen for 1-2 seconds and you’ll see a 3D map of your face appear in white.

This is tracking where your face is in the image, and from there you’ll see the lenses appear along the bottom of the screen.It’ll start you off without a filter, so you need to scroll to the right to preview the first filter in the list. Snapchat usually has 10 to 20 different lenses available at any time and the selection regularly changes. You’ll usually need your face in the image for it to work, but you can also use the rear camera with some lenses and use them on multiple people.

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