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Using Filters on SnapChat

This post will help you using your first SnapChat filter and how to use new filters in Android and iOS app, No doubt Snapchat app is one of the most well-known Photo message apps on the market today. Popular mostly among the youth, Snapchat offers a variety of features that help transform selfies and pictures with special effects and accessories. One such unique feature Snapchat has for you in this regard are Filters. Introduced in September 2015, Filters have grown multifold each passing day in popularity. Snapchat regularly designs, develops and releases new filters in almost all its updates. So, the first question that might be bothering you is what exactly are filters? Let me answer that for you.

What is SnapChat Filter:

Filters are a wide range of animated overlays that superimpose onto your faces completely transforming selfies and pictures. For example, when you use a filter on a selfie of yours, you face is overlaid with an animated dog or cat.   Filters are an entertaining way to share your pictures and selfies (sent as snaps) with your closed ones. Snapchat also has hundreds and thousands of geo-location based filters, which makes your Snap unique by superimposing places from around the world.

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Steps to use filters on Snapchat in Android:

Below steps helps you to enable SnapChat filters on your Android Snap application. Before enabling filters, Go to Settings in Android device > Location > Turn on.

  1. Open SnapChat
  2. Go to your profile by swiping down on the camera screen.
  3. Click the settings icon.
  4. Click on Manage and enable Filter


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How to add Filters to your Snap in iPhone and iPad

There are currently thousands of Filters already preloaded in Snapchat for users to use and are accessible based on one’s geographical location. Be it preloaded ones or custom created ones you can access them to use on Snaps you send to your loved ones.

Before you start using Filters in iPhone and iPads, you have to make a couple of configurations on your mobile phone. Follow the below steps to start using Filters now!

  • iOS devices – Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, and turn on for Snapchat
  • Once the configuration has been made on your devices, log in to Snapchat and do the following
  • Go to Snapchat and head to SnapChat Settings.
  • Click on ‘Manage Preferences’ under Additional Services.
  • Set your ‘Filters’ to ON.
  • How to add a Filter to your Snap? – Simply Swipe on the Snap preview screen to check out which ones are around you now! Start using them on your Snaps and make your messages awesome.

Filters are a great way to make your Snaps very special. Whether you are on Snapchat or not, knowing the concept of how filters are created to make conversations special itself will bring the awe in you. Download Snapchat to know why millions are on it while making their snaps cheer for their loved ones aloud.

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How to Create Custom Snapchat Filters

Snapchat allows you to create custom filters of your choice and launches them for your personal show-offs. These filters are great ways to showcase your celebration of reference. Be it your birthday or anniversary; showcase your intent with custom filters. Once created a filter, all you have to do is submit and upload your own design for you to use on your snaps. The best part is you can do all these within minutes and there are thousands of templates that you can use to create your own custom filters.

So, how exactly you create a filter for your personal use? Follow this step by step process to show off your expertise in creating filters for occasions of your choice. Kindly, also note that custom filters are currently not allowed in all locations. Here we go!

Steps to Create Custom Snap Filters

Step 1 – Go to

Step 2 – Once the page opens select ‘Create a Filter’ and under ‘Design Online’ select the occasion for which you want to create the filter. Once this is done you can start designing your filter.

Step 3 – Now you are ready to create your own filter. Follow the steps carefully from here on.

  • On the left-hand side of your screen, you can select a template of your choice. Make a selection.
  • On the right-hand side of your screen select the palette and then select a color for your filter. There are also different text choices and fonts to choose from.
  • Upload images that you want to be in the filter.
  • Furthermore, you have loads of choices on emojis, bitemojis, stickers etc.

Step 4 – When you are done designing your filter, simply click on Next button.

Step 5 – Now you can make your filter available for a location of your choice. All you need to do is input the address, Click on ‘Draw Fence’ and select the area where you want this filter to be active for other Snapchat users to use.

Step 6 – Every filter has a start and end date, so for the ones that you create. Choose the start and end date for the filter. Additionally, like in the case of your cell phone alarm, you can make your Filter be active periodically. Select ‘Repeating Event’ and notify the frequency you want the Filter to be active.

Step 7 – You are almost done. Click on ‘Checkout’ button when you feel everything is in place

Step 8 – Finally, give a name to your Filter, enter your payment info, and click on ‘Submit’ button. This sends your filter to the Snapchat team for approval. Once approved, your filter is live and you can start using it.

Custom SnapChat Filters

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Countries where Custom filters are allowed

As of today, (March 2018) custom filters can be created and uploaded on in the following geographies – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, UAE, the United Kingdom, and most of the USA. As per the latest update, this feature will be live soon in other countries as well.

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