Snapchat is a fun way of expressing yourself. But after taking a few hundred snaps, it can get boring. Fortunately, you can make your Snapchats more interesting by using filters, lenses, and stickers.
There are differences between all three, but they’re often used interchangeably. So here’s how to get more Snapchat filters, lenses, and stickers to add a little extra sparkle to your snaps.
How to Use Snapchat Filters
You probably already know how to add Snapchat filters, but if not, it’s very easy to do. Just head to your profile, and click on the cog in the top right corner. This is the Settings menu. From here, just go on Manage > Filters.
When you activate your camera, tap the screen, and numerous circles will appear alongside the button you use to take a snap. Scroll through and enjoy!
You’ll notice that these filters change relatively frequently. If you’re looking for a definitive guide to all Snapchat filters, you’re out of luck. Even the most popular filters and lenses can vanish, like the option to, uh, vomit a rainbow, which proved bizarrely trendy.
How to Use Snapchat Geofilters
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, unless 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.
Create Your Own Geofilters
You can make your own geofilters, which is perfect if you’re looking to make your own business stand out or if there’s a big event coming up.
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Naturally, this option costs.
Let’s say it’s someone’s 18th birthday and you have organized a massive party. A customized geofilter can be made and shared so that all those invited can join in on the fun. They last a minimum of 30 minutes and can cover an area between 5,000 and 5,000,000 square feet.
If you’re an artist, creating a special lens can be a neat experiment too. Everything has to be approved by Snapchat first. Obviously, snaps and videos disappear unless you screenshot or save to My Memories. Nonetheless, we’re happy Snapchat welcomes such creativity.
Share Snapcodes for Snapchat
You can check out your own Snapcode in your profile. You’ve likely added friends by scanning their codes too. But this is also a neat way of adding more filters.
To scan a code, hold your camera over it and press the screen until it registers. Alternatively, take a screenshot or picture then navigate back to your profile’s Settings. Click Snapcodes > Scan from Camera Roll and select the image.
Once you do, Snapchat gives you the option to “Unlock for 24 Hours” or “Send to Friends”. (Select filters are only available for one hour, while others give you 48 hours.) However, if you click on the arrow button at the top right of the box, you’re presented with more options. You can copy the Snapcode URL into another app—we suggest Notes or Keep—and come back to it at a later time.
You can build a decent catalog of codes for yourself. Encourage others’ generosity by sending a few to friends too.
Check Online Resources
So where can you get codes? Your first port of call should be Snapchat’s Lens Studio.
This is a repository of AR content. It’s also where you’ll need to go if you intend to create your own lenses, as previously mentioned.
Snapchat highlights a select few every day and pushes them at the top of the site. Dig deeper, though, and you can explore more.
You should also look at GemLens, another library of social media filters. This is a great resource if you’re looking for new Instagram filters too.
It’s not immediately obvious what most lenses do, so you’ll have to experiment. All you need to do is scan the Snapcodes and unlock them. You’ll see a few duplicates across the two sites, but suffice to say, each contains enough codes to keep even the most prolific Snapchat users happy.
Check Social Media
This can be a minefield, so be careful. But if there’s a social media account you trust, especially a big business, keep an eye out for filters.
Companies use Snapcodes as marketing tools. If there’s a major film or TV series coming out, you might find a Snapcode related to it. When Deadpool 2 was released on DVD and Blu-ray, a special lens added a dancing Wade Wilson to your videos. There was also Game of Thrones filter which filled your screen with snowflakes and let you slay a White Walker.
Most of these only last an hour, meaning you’ll have to take advantage fast!
You can search for #snapcodes on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but you leave yourself open to some dodgy content. Plus, most are simply to add more friends, so it depends whether you want to accept strangers.
Use Snapchat Stickers
After you’ve taken your snap, icons appear to the right of your screen. Click on the one that looks like a sticky note being peeled back. These are Stickers, another form of customization. They’re very similar to filters, in that they add illustrations to a picture or video.
It’ll automatically show you a selection of GIFs, with timely graphics towards the top of the menu. But swipe and you’ll see other features, including emojis, your Bitmoji, and a cropping tool. The latter lets you chop up part of a photo from your Camera Roll and insert it into your snap.
You can add further designs from artists by clicking “Save” on the smaller pop-up. These are added to another tab to the far right of your Stickers.
Add whichever elements you want then alter their size by pinching using your thumb and index finger.
Personalize Your Snapchat
As you can see, there are several ways to get more Snapchat filters. And these can help you stand out from the crowd. All you need to do is go to your profile, click on the cog, then Manage > Filters. From there, you can add filters, geofilters (when roaming the neighborhood), lenses (by adding Snapcodes), and Stickers.
Invest some time in the app and you’ll soon understand why Snapchat is the new Facebook (in a good way).