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The Best Snapchat Filters List and Essential Snapchat Lenses

Dan Price Updated 20-03-2020

Snapchat’s selection of filters, lenses, and geofilters change daily. These are great for adding some variation to your selfie game, but can also be a little overwhelming. If you want to pick the best Snapchat filters and lenses for your photos, we’ve got you covered.


This list of the best Snapchat filters and lenses covers the essentials: The basic filters Snapchat offers, the names of some big Snapchat filters, how to access your local geofilters, and some of the best Snapchat lenses to use.

The Default Snapchat Filter List

Snapchat’s terminology can get a little confusing, especially if you’re new to the platform. However, it’s just one of the many things all Snapchat users should know 12 Snapchat Features All Users Need to Learn Snapchat Streaks, Filters, and other must-know features can change your Snapchat game. Here's how to use the twelve best features. Read More .

Snapchat filters are the effects that you can add to your snap after taking a photo or video; lenses show up while you are taking a photo.

  1. Brighten
  2. Sepia
  3. High Contrast
  4. Black and White
  5. Neon
  6. Speed Overlay (MPH or KPH)
  7. Temperature Overlay
  8. Altitude Overlay
  9. Time/Date Overlay
  10. Location Overlay
  11. Slow Speed (video only)
  12. Speed Up (video only)
  13. Super Speed (video only)
  14. Reverse (video only)
  15. Special Occasion (Time-limited, typically highlight holiday seasons or events)

You can view the filters currently available by swiping left and right on your photo or video before sending it to your friends (make sure you also know how to get more Snapchat filters How to Get More Snapchat Filters, Lenses, and Stickers Here's how to get more Snapchat filters, lenses, and stickers to add a little extra sparkle to your snaps. Read More ).


Snapchat Geofilters

As you swipe left and right through your filters, you may notice that some of the last options relate to your current location or an event that you are attending. These are Snapchat geofilters.

They are a lot of fun to collect. After all, if you climb Mount Everest, isn’t a Snapchat geofilter the way that you want to announce your accomplishment to the world? OK, perhaps not.

If you don’t see any geofilters, there are two likely causes. Firstly, if you live in a rural area, it’s possible that none exist. Secondly, you might not have location services enabled for your Snapchat app; you can turn these on in your phone’s Settings.

It’s impossible to list all of the Snapchat geofilters out there—some cities have one or more for every neighborhood and some buildings even have their own selection. If you think an important location is missing a geofilter (or if you want a geofilter to automatically appear at your next party or event), you can always submit your own.


Check out Snapchat’s geofilter guidelines to get started, then learn how to make your own geofilter on a budget How to Make a Snapchat Geofilter on a Budget Creating a geofilter isn't as expensive as it sounds. Here's how to make a Snapchat geofilter on a budget. Read More .

A List of the Best Snapchat Lenses

Snapchat lenses are one of Snapchat’s most popular features. To apply a Snapchat lens, tap on a person’s face using either the front or rear camera before you take the photo. Your phone will “map” the face, then all of the available lenses will appear along the bottom of your screen. Tap on each one to try it out. Most lenses will work in both videos and photos.

Be sure to read the instructions for each filter when they appear, as several lenses will work with multiple people or will react to you performing an action (like opening your mouth or raising your eyebrows). Some even have fun background music, sound effects, or modify the way your voice sounds.

The available lenses change every day. There’s no guarantee that you’ll always have access to your favorites.


Here’s a list of 100 Snapchat lenses names we could track down, organized by what kind of impression they send.

The Best Classic Snapchat Lenses

We all know these ones. The classic lenses are a ubiquitous part of Snapchat, and at least one of these filters are almost always available. Sure, they’re overdone, but they’re also classics for a reason: these filters never look out of place.

  1. Dog with Tongue Hanging Out
  2. Classic Flower Crown and Glow
  3. Pink Glow Flower Crown
  4. Puking Rainbow
  5. Rosy Cheeks Retouch
  6. Dancing Hotdog
  7. Face Swap
  8. Camera Roll Face Swap
  9. Extreme Sad Face
  10. Golden Butterfly Crown

The Best Snapchat Lenses to Make You Look Good

Several Snapchat filters can substitute for makeup or not shaving on a bad day. As long as you remember that there’s no lens for real life, these lenses can help you achieve an airbrushed effect.

Of course, some of the most beautifying filters we’ve already mentioned in the list above, but these also ensure your look is on point.

  1. Black and White with Red Lipstick and Eyeliner
  2. Black and White with Colored Sunglasses
  3. Jeweled Eyes and Pink Lipstick
  4. 50s Glam
  5. Scruffy Beard and Chiselled Jawline
  6. “I Love You” Fog
  7. Comic Book Drawing
  8. Cat Ears, Eyes, and Nose
  9. Purple Lipstick and Tattoos
  10. Halo and Beam of Light

The Best Scary Snapchat Lenses

Some of the lenses Snapchat offers are legitimately terrifying. Some have jump scares, others feature creepy-crawlies, and others should have never been made in the first place. If you want to keep your friends from resting peacefully, these are the lenses you should send.

  1. Marshmallow Being Roasted
  2. Screaming Zombie
  3. X-Ray Skeleton Skull
  4. Human-Pug Hybrid
  5. Molten Plastic Mask
  6. Face on Fire
  7. Your Mouth As Eyes
  8. Spider Hat
  9. Thundercloud and Glowing Eyes
  10. Lizard Face Lens

The Best Funny Snapchat Lenses

If you’d rather make your friends laugh than cry, Snapchat has tons of lenses that are nothing but good fun. These lenses manipulate your facial features to ridiculous proportions and animate funny situations your friends won’t be able to stop laughing at.

  1. Cat on Head
  2. Eyes Popping Out of Your Head
  3. Big Eyes Big Mouth
  4. Tiny Chin Big Eyes
  5. Big Mouth and Nose
  6. Tiny Mouth
  7. Bubble Gum Explosion
  8. Scuba Diver
  9. Crying Eyes
  10. Heart Eyes

The Best Snapchat Lenses for Living an Alternate Life

Have you ever been sitting at work wishing you were someone else? Snapchat has your back. With these lenses, you can pretend to be anyone you want.

  1. Firefighter
  2. Police Officer
  3. Pilot with Flight Goggles
  4. Age Yourself
  5. Grandma Glasses and Head Wrap
  6. Elvis
  7. Magazine Cover
  8. Nerd
  9. Red Riding Hood
  10. Santa Claus

The Best Animal Snapchat Lenses

If there’s one area where Snapchat excels, it’s at creating strangely addicting animal-themed lenses. Here are just some of the many animals-themed Snapchat lenses on the app.

  1. Voice Changing Deer
  2. Buzzing Honey Bee
  3. Rapping Bee
  4. Zebra Face
  5. Glam Lion with Eyeliner
  6. Animal Ears with Glasses
  7. Rainbow Puking Unicorn
  8. Mouse Ears with Cheese
  9. Realistic Monkey Face
  10. Racoon

The Most Upsetting Snapchat Lenses

These are some of the best Snapchat lenses that, whether they’re creepy or just weird, are too much to handle. Send these ones with care—even looking at yourself in the preview might prove to be a little overwhelming.

  1. Green Sick Face with Thermometer
  2. Demonic Bunny
  3. Screaming Orange
  4. Boxing with Black Eye
  5. Lights Out With Spiders
  6. Devil to Angel Transition
  7. Poo On Head with Flies
  8. Angry Skull
  9. Laser Eyes
  10. Evil Laugh with Creepy Moustache

The Best Food-Related Snapchat Lenses

Do you like food? Do you like food so much you often want to become food? Or wear it on your head? Perfect. Snapchat has a lens for you.

  1. Face in Bread
  2. Tomato Face
  3. Strawberry Head
  4. Donut Face
  5. Taco Face

The Best Snapchat Lenses for Winter

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than basking in the warm glow of your smartphone. Okay, that’s a lie. But at least you can have some fun with the inclement weather thanks to these filters.

  1. Snow Falling
  2. Crocheted Moose Hat
  3. Snowball Sling Shot
  4. Ice Crown with Frozen Screen
  5. Ski Goggles

The Best Snapchat Lenses We Aren’t Sure How to Categorize

Sometimes Snapchat outdoes itself with the randomness of the available lenses. These are the lenses we think are in a league of their own.

  1. Under the Sea Crown
  2. Cartoon Bunny
  3. Andy Warhol
  4. Shattered Screen
  5. Pom Pom Headband With Color Changing Lipstick
  6. Spa Day
  7. Duck Bill with Purple Eyeshadow and Glasses
  8. Emoji Monkey
  9. Alien Abduction
  10. Llama Face
  11. Broken Mirror
  12. Wolf Whistle with Heart Eyes
  13. Inside a Fish Bowl
  14. Cyclops
  15. Iron Man System View
  16. Frog Face with Bowler Hat
  17. Tiki Hut
  18. Motorcycle, Bandana, and Beard
  19. Fish Face
  20. Sheep on Head

Scratching the Surface of Snapchat

We have listed 100 of the best Snapchat lenses, and yet barely scratched the surface of all the filters and lenses that exist. No matter who you follow on Snapchat, the chances are that they regularly use filters and lenses. So if you see one you like ask them what it’s called!

To learn more about using Snapchat, check out everything you need to know about Snapchat memories How to Use Snapchat Memories: Everything You Need to Know Snapchat Memories is a key component of Snapchat, but do you know how to use the feature effectively? Read More .

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  1. Rishabh
    March 29, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    There was a filter in which snapchat detected faces from photos and could put them on your face. Which one was it?

  2. Eric
    February 21, 2019 at 6:39 am

    What’s the name of the one that turns everything golden with sparkles with upbeat music playing in background

  3. Yv
    July 31, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    I live in Norway, and i don’t know how to use filter with name, date and time like vhs but it’s not it. Can you help me?

  4. Daniel
    June 2, 2018 at 9:32 am

    You are missing angel filter

  5. Daniel
    June 2, 2018 at 9:32 am

    You forgot to add angel filter

  6. Bruce Long
    September 18, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Attempting to rank the best SC "lens" filters is admirable, but nearly impossible due to fleeting availability. And some filters work better as still photos, while others work better as videos.

    In addition to being a fun communication tool, SC can also be used for a variety of hobbies. I didn't like the fact that so many filters seemed to disappear forever, so a year ago I began saving short filter videos (with Bitmojis added) and every few months I would edit 50+ of the best new ones into a montage for YouTube. Here's a sample: I've anthologized over 250 of the better filters this way on YouTube, which you might find useful if you ever revisit the topic of comparing SC filters.

    I'm making some changes for my next anthology, including switching from simple Bitmoji to friendmoji.

    You could do an article on the uses of friendmoji, like this one: Grab a picture of a friend which they had previously posted to social media and do a mass friendmoji photobomb on their birthday, posted to social media. Sample:

    The newly-debuted animated Bitmoji add a new aspect of fun to SC, and I would assume we could shortly expect to see animated friendmoji as well.

    • Briallyn Smith
      September 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Bruce!
      It was definitely a lofty goal, but I was having trouble finding any other sources for a list of filters online, so I figured I'd give it a shot :) I really appreciate you sharing your video compilations -- that'll be a great resource for other readers looking for more ways to remember what filters have come and gone.