Alyss Bowen | Social Media Editor | Thursday, 14 April 2016

How To Use Snapchat Filters Like A Pro

How To Use Snapchat Filters Like A Pro

The Debrief: We are all spending far too much time on Snapchat. We need to SNAP out of it. (Geddit?) Until we do, we break down how to use Snapchat filters for those who are not yet addicted (give it time, Snapchat will get everyone in the end).

How can I get Snapchat filters?

Maaaate, where have you been? Have you never used Snapchat? You simply open the camera and turn it round to your beautiful face. Once it’s facing you, hold your finger down on your face and you’ll see rings appear - these rings mean the filters are about to appear. You’ll then see all the filers pop up along the bottom, and you can scroll until your hearts content and pick which ever you want to use. Simply tap the filter and oh hey hi, it’s on your face.

How can I update my Snapchat Filters?  

Easy - just go onto your app store on your phone and update it. You should get a notification when your app needs updating so you can stay up to date.

What are Snapchat Geofilters?

Snapchat geofilters are all based on your location. So wherever you are in the big wide world, you can add your geofilter tag and let your followers now where you’re snapping from. You can also create your own geofilters by drawing a geofence around your location online on the snapchat website (this costs FYI) and then viola you’ve got your very own geofilter. 

What are the newest Snapchat filters?

Allow us to educate you…we shall update this monthly for your viewing pleasure. We have…drum roll please. 

The creepy smile filter


The dog filter 

Basic AF but cute 

Flower crown filter 

Who doesn’t love a head full of flowers? 

The bug eyed filter

I have no idea how to explain this one but I love it. 

The coffee up filter 


The beauty filter 

Why don’t I look this flawless ALL the time? 

The leopard filter

Is it a leopard living in china here the pollution is high? Who knows 

The bunny filter 

ADORABLE and your voice changes. Cuuuute 

Breaking Bad Filter 

Sponsored obvs 

The lamb filter 

I mean, do we need to explain it? 

The golf club filter 

This golf club just hit me in the face. Fantastic .

The cupid bows filter 

Ok wow I have wings coming out of my neck. Casual. 

You can also share your location with cool little sketches which differ depending where you are in the world.


Couldn't go to Café Versailles without getting a Cortadito! #SoGood □

A photo posted by Eva Longoria (@evalongoria) on Mar 10, 2016 at 1:07pm PST

If this isn't enough for you, you can edit your photos afterwards via the three buttons in the top right corner which allow you to place re-sizeable emojis, add text, or draw on your image.

Snapchat Video Filters

Snapchat's video filters started with the basic filters of speed and Temperature. They then moved on to tracking our faces with the disturbing fun of vomiting rainbows and heart bursting eyes. We've also had the fright of our lives with Snapchat’s Halloween pumpkin heads and zombie faces, Easter devil rabbits, and so on. They’re pretty easy to use as they follow the same system as previous filters. Just record your video and swipe until you see the desired effect with the video playback. The standard and seemingly non-changing, self-explanatory, video filters are:


The video is played backwards. A basic snapchat magic trick involves dropping something – keys are a good option – and filming it on snapchat. Simply swipe to the rewind filter and you look like your letter to Hogwarts is overdue. People have gone even further than that, throwing things so that they can make them look like they’re plucking them out of the air. Could even trick people that you have finally mastered hand-eye coordination after years of failing at sport.


The video is played in double time. We recommend choosing your ultimate anthem (currently ours is Adele’s "Hello") and belt it out. Then put in double time and you’ve got the minions adaptation for your friends’ entertainment.

Slow Motion

The video is played in half time. The natural state is Dori’s whale chat, or work your sick dance moves in slow mo so that people can truly appreciate your skillz. Rewind is where your imagination can really run wild and you can join the #snapchatmagic Instagram craze. Sorry to shatter the illusion, but people have not suddenly developed the force from Star Wars, but are in fact using the snapchat filter to fool their friends. The methods are simple, yet effective.

Celebrities and Snapchat Filters

The mass interest in Snapchat filters is proof that it really doesn't take a lot to amuse humans. Everyone's really digging Snapchat filters with celebrities leading the Snapchat filter parade.

Jenna Dewan


This is what happens when you have dinner with @jenatkinhair the night before. Officially joining snapchat □□ I'm scared and yet possibly addicted already. Name: @jennaldewan

A photo posted by Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennaldewan) on Mar 20, 2016 at 11:11am PDT

Kourtney Kardashian


Spent the past two days with @kimkardashian and she convinced me to join snap. kourtneykardash □

A video posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Mar 16, 2016 at 2:29pm PDT

Demi Lovato


□: theddlovato

A video posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Mar 23, 2016 at 6:52pm PDT

John Mayer


Join me as we all experiment with snapchat and ask ourselves the question: will this marriage last past the honeymoon? WHO CAN SAY? □:johnthekangaroo

A video posted by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on Feb 20, 2016 at 3:00pm PST

Chrissy Teigan


Brought to tears by the horrible inaccuracy and greatness of snapchat's version of face swap. Truly. Entire body hurts.

A photo posted by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Feb 26, 2016 at 5:41pm PST

Miley Cyrus



A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 19, 2016 at 11:15pm PDT

Joe Jonas



A video posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on Mar 5, 2016 at 7:12am PST

Jessica Alba


A video posted by Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba) on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:53am PST

Eva Longoria


Happy Easter!! □□□

A photo posted by Eva Longoria (@evalongoria) on Mar 27, 2016 at 10:42am PDT

Kendall Jenner


snapchat: kendalljenner

A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on Mar 27, 2016 at 6:11pm PDT

Justin Bieber


A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Mar 2, 2016 at 6:50pm PST

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