Snapchat’s selection of filters, lenses, and geofilters change daily. It’s great for adding some variation to your selfie game, but can also be more than a little overwhelming. If you want to pick the best Snapchat filter for your photos, you should know what options are out there — and we’ve got you covered.
This Snapchat filter list covers the essentials — the basic filters Snapchat offers, how to access your local geofilters, and as many lenses as we could track down at the time of writing. We also have some suggestions for you about when each photo editing tool is most appropriate.
Don’t forget this is barely scratching the surface of all the features Snapchat offers. You can also play around with stickers, Bitmojis, backgrounds, drawings, and text to make your snaps stand out from the crowd.
Basic Snapchat Filter List
Snapchat’s terminology can get a little confusing, especially if you’re new to the platform.
To clarify, Snapchat filters are the effects that you can add to your snap after taking a photo or video, whereas lenses show up while you are taking the photo. You can view the filters currently available by swiping left and right on your photo or video before sending it to your friends.
- High Contrast
- Black and White
- Speed Overlay
- Temperature Overlay
- Altitude Overlay
- Time Overlay
- Slow Speed (video only)
- Speed Up (video only)
- Super Speed (video only)
- Reverse (video only)
- Special Occasion (These filters are time-limited, and generally have to do with holidays, an event, or just the day of the week.)
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, and 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? (That’s exactly what Adrian Ballinger and Cory Richards did. You can check out their Snapchat adventure at everestnofilter.com.)
If you don’t see any geofilters, there are two main things that may cause this problem. Firstly, if you live in a rural area, it’s quite possible none exist. Or, you may not have location services enabled for your Snapchat app; you can turn this on under your phone’s settings menu.
It’s impossible to list all of the geofilters out there, as they fully depend on your location — 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.
List of Snapchat Lenses
Snapchat lenses are some of Snapchat’s most popular features — so popular, that Instagram took notice and now also offers selfie filters. Lenses are undeniably addictive at any age. It’s wild to see how your face can change after adding one of the effects.
To apply a Snapchat lens, tap and hold on a person’s face using either the front or rear camera. Your phone will “map” your face, and 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, so turn your volume up.
Available lenses change every day. There’s no guarantee that you’ll always have access to your favorites. But getting to try out new lenses every day is fun because you never know what Snapchat will come up with next.
Here’s a list of all the Snapchat lenses we could track down (over 80), organized by what kind of impression they send. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section.
10 Best Lenses for a Truly Classic Snapchat
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 are never out of place. (Unless it’s for your dating profile — please stop using the dog filter on Tinder).
- Dog with Tongue Hanging Out
- Classic Flower Crown and Glow
- Pink Glow Flower Crown
- Puking Rainbow
- Rosy Cheeks Re-Touch
- Dancing Hotdog
- Face Swap
- Camera Roll Face Swap
- Extreme Sad Face
- Golden Butterfly Crown
10 Best Lenses to Make You Look Pretty
Honestly, I’d always rather see my friends’ actual faces than an edited photo. But there’s no denying that several Snapchat filters can substitute for makeup on a bad day. As long as you remember that there’s no lens for real life, these lenses can help you achieve an impossibly airbrushed effect.
Of course, some of the most beautifying filters we’ve already mentioned in the list above, but these also ensure your look’s on point.
- Black and White with Red Lipstick and Eyeliner
- Black and White with Colored Sunglasses
- Jeweled Eyes and Pink Lipstick
- 50’s Glam [Red Lipstick and a Kerchief Headband]
- Scruffy Beard and Chiselled Jawline
- “I Love You” Fog
- Comic Book Drawing
- Cat Ears, Eyes, and Nose
- Purple Lipstick and Tattoos
- Halo and Beam of Light
10 Best Lenses for Giving Your Friends Nightmares
Some of the lenses Snapchat offers are legitimately terrifying. Some have jump scares, others feature creepy-crawlies, and others should just never have been made in the first place (*ahem* human-pug hybrid, I’m looking at you). If you want to keep your friends from resting peacefully, these are the ten lenses you should send.
- Marshmallow Being Roasted
- Screaming Zombie
- X-Ray Skeleton Skull
- Human-Pug Hybrid
- Molten Plastic Mask
- Face on Fire
- Your Mouth As Eyes
- Spider Hat
- Thundercloud and Glowing Eyes
- Lizard Face Lens
10 Best Lenses for Making Your Friends Laugh
Okay, let’s say you’d rather make your friends laugh than cry. Thankfully, Snapchat has tons of lenses that are nothing but good fun. These ten lenses manipulate your facial features to ridiculous proportions and animate funny situations your friends won’t be able to stop laughing at.
- Cat on Head
- Eyes Popping Out of Your Head
- Big Eyes Big Mouth
- Tiny Chin Big Eyes
- Big Mouth and Nose
- Tiny Mouth
- Bubble Gum Explosion
- Scuba Diver
- Crying Eyes
- Heart Eyes
10 Best Lenses for Living an Alternate Life
Have you ever been sitting at work wishing you were someone else? Snapchat has your back. With these ten lenses, you can pretend to be anyone you want.
- Police Officer
- Pilot with Flight Goggles
- Age Yourself (Wrinkles and a Monocle)
- Grandma Glasses and Head Wrap
- Magazine Cover
- Red Riding Hood
- Santa Claus
10 Best Animal Lenses
If there’s one area where Snapchat excels, it’s at creating strangely addicting animal-themed lenses. Here are just ten of the many, many animals that Snapchat lenses can transform you into.
- Voice Changing Deer
- Buzzing Honey Bee
- Rapping Bee
- Zebra Face
- Glam Lion with Eyeliner
- Animal Ears with Glasses (Tap to switch between multiple animals)
- Rainbow Puking Unicorn
- Mouse Ears with Cheese
- Realistic Monkey Face
10 Most Upsetting Lenses
As mentioned above, some Snapchat lenses really never should have happened. These are ten of the ones 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 be a bit overwhelming.
- Green Sick Face with Thermometer
- Demonic Bunny
- Screaming Orange
- Boxing with Black Eye
- Lights Out With Spiders
- Devil to Angel Transition
- Poo On Head with Flies
- Angry Skull
- Laser Eyes
- Evil Laugh with Creepy Moustache
5 Food-Related 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 (or five) for you.
- Face in Bread
- Tomato Face
- Strawberry Head
- Donut Face
- Taco Face
5 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.
- Snow Falling
- Crocheted Moose Hat
- Snowball Sling Shot
- Ice Crown with Frozen Screen
- Ski Goggles
20 Lenses We Just Weren’t Sure How to Categorize
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Sometimes Snapchat outdoes itself with how random its lens choices are. These twenty lenses are in a league of their own, with nothing being quite like them before or since.
- Under the Sea Crown
- Cartoon Bunny
- Andy Warhol
- Shattered Screen
- PomPom Headband With Color Changing Lipstick
- Spa Day (Cucumber Eyes, Facemask, and Towel)
- Duck Bill with Purple Eyeshadow and Glasses
- Emoji Monkey
- Alien Abduction
- Llama Face
- Broken Mirror
- Wolf Whistle with Heart Eyes
- Inside a Fish Bowl
- Iron Man System View
- Frog Face with Bowler Hat
- Tiki Hut
- Motorcycle, Bandana, and Beard
- Fish Face
- Sheep on Head
Scratching the Surface
A hundred lenses later, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of all the lenses that have been released since September 2015. As silly as lenses are, Snapchat has used them to continue their complete redefinition of how people communicate online. No matter who you follow on Snapchat, chances are that they regularly use filters and lenses — something that was basically unheard of until just a few years ago.
I know there are some lenses missing from this list — if you know what they are, let me know in the comments below. Also, let us know where was the coolest geofilter you’ve ever used?
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