3.4 How to add Lenses

ABOUT: How to add Snapchat Lenses? Well, similar to Snapchat Filters and Geofilters, the Snapchat Lenses offers possibilities to add an extra layer to your photo or video. Except for one thing, Lenses are way more interactive than the most Filters and Geofilters.

With Snapchat Lenses, Snapchat users can add real-time special effects and sounds to your Snaps. With new and changing Lenses almost every day, Snapchat offers you possibilities to be creative and share different Snaps each day. Lenses are available in various designs and differ in terms of use. Some Lenses are only visual, where other Lenses are also changing your voice. Snapchat Lenses added a new way of taking selfies!


Check the images above for some examples of Lenses. As you can see, there are some advertisement-Lenses, which are actually very cool. Next to that, there are some time-related Lenses, for example the ones from the Olympics.
Also, we featured a nice YouTube video of Jimmy Fallon and Ariana Grande which you might like. This video includes several Snapchat Lenses, which might be gone already.

How to add Lenses

If someone else didn’t show you already, you can find information on how to use the Snapchat Lenses right here.

STEP 1: First of all, you should of course open the Snapchat app. After you have opened it, you are directly in the place where you want to be. Like you’re used to from other camera app features, you now can see what is in front of you on your screen. If your Snapchat app opens with a camera view from the front camera, smile!

STEP 2: Second, you can choose which camera you would like to use. If everything works correctly and you got one of the latest versions of the Snapchat app, you should be able to pick the front- or rear camera.

STEP 3: After you have chosen your camera, make sure that your face (or someone else’s) is visible in within the camera frame.

STEP 4: If so, press and hold your finger on the part of your screen where the face is located. Most of the times Snapchat will recognize a face and the Lenses feature appears. Snapchat can also recognize if you only tap on the face once.

STEP 5: Right next to the capture-button some other circles appeared, which can be categorized as the Lenses. You can swipe to the left in order to swipe through the available Lenses. While you’re swiping through them, various visual effects appear on the face you selected. Most of the Lenses come with an action prompt and as you might have already tried, the action could have effect on the Lenses. Also, Snapchat lets you know when specific Lenses are available for voice transformation.

ALMOST DONE! When you have selected the Lens of your choice you can of course take a photo or video of it, with the possible moving effects of the specific Lens. After creation, make sure to share your Snap!