How to Use New Snapchat Lenses

We’ll show you how to use the new Snapchat Lenses to supercharge your selfies with amazing overlays that transform the way you look and incredible special effects to your snaps.

The new Snapchat update adds support for Lenses, which is what Snapchat calls these new special effects that track the location of your head and respond to facial movements like an open mouth or raised eyebrows.

You’ll need an iPhone or Android with the official Snapchat app to use the new Snapchat Lenses to make your snaps stand out, but you will not need to pay any extra. The only thing Snapchat is now charging for with this update is the option to replay a snap.

Here is how the new Snapchat Lenses feature works on iPhone or Android.

How to Use Snapchat Lenses

You need to make sure you update to the Snapchat update that arrived on September 15th. This will allow you to use the new Snapchat Lenses on iPhone and Android. This should also work on tablets.

The video above shows you how to use the Snapchat Lenses, and the directions below walk through how to use the new Snapchat feature as well as how to record a Snap with Snapchat Lenses.

Open Snapchat and then use  the front-facing camera on your device to put yourself in the frame.

Now hold the phone at the distance you want to keep it for the snap and it works best when you keep your head mostly straight to the camera.

Tap and hold on your face for just a second or two and then you will see a new menu option appear below your face and if you tap your face again you’ll see a quick white wireframe appear that should line up to your face.

Learn how to use Snapchat Lenses and record Snaps with special effects.
Learn how to use Snapchat Lenses and record Snaps with special effects.

Now tap on the options at the bottom of the screen to switch to the Snapchat Lenses option you want to use. You will see directions to open your mouth or raise your eyebrows. This will trigger the action.

Once you pick the Snapchat effect you want to use you can press and hold on that effect to start recording. Move your mouth and eyebrows and even your head while you record your Snapchat Lens supercharged snaps.

When you are done you can still add captions and filters to the video. The overall effect works best if you keep your head the same distance from the camera.

If the Snapchat Lenses effects appear, but they are not lined up with your face, you should tap on your face again and the wireframe outline should flash, showing you the right outline.

Scream Snapchat Lens

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Scream Snapchat Lens

Use the Scream Snapchat Lenses option to make your eyes pop and your mouth go wide. Activate by opening your mouth. Move your head slightly to exxagerate the effect. 

When you open your mouth the phone will make a scream, so keep that in mind while recording. 

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95 Comments

  1. deanna

    09/17/2015 at 2:57 am

    Make a vedio on how to use the new features for snapchat, with and andriod

    Reply

    • Zyn

      03/25/2016 at 11:23 am

      Is not working on 5c either

      Reply

  2. Teejay

    09/17/2015 at 7:45 am

    Isn’t working on iPad mini 1. Why?

    Reply

    • Staceyyyyy

      09/17/2015 at 11:44 pm

      Mines not working either

      Reply

      • Natasha

        12/31/2015 at 2:43 pm

        It doesn’t work because technically snapchat isn’t meant for iPad mini’s/iPad’s, so we just get the plain and simple messaging and photos, with the regular filters.

        Reply

        • Farzana

          04/17/2016 at 6:14 am

          ;my cousin has an ipad mini 2 and the lenses work for her, however i have an ipad mini 1 and the lenses dont work ;(

          Reply

          • jonathanreiterman

            04/17/2016 at 2:18 pm

            Wow, exact same with me. My cousins iPad is a Mini 2 and mine is a mini 1.

    • Lau

      09/18/2015 at 1:09 am

      Same here!

      Reply

      • Meli

        11/17/2015 at 9:35 pm

  3. Tyler

    09/17/2015 at 8:42 am

    Doesn’t work on Metro PCS Z Max… And a lot of forums online androids are having trouble. It doesn’t even pop up the menu :( please help

    Reply

  4. Danny

    09/17/2015 at 11:56 am

    Kind of a really dumb update. Doesn’t work on most androids and is ridiculously complicated. I wouldn’t even bother with it. Absolute fail snapchat… try something that’s actually worth our time.

    Reply

  5. Victoria

    09/17/2015 at 1:58 pm

    it doesnt work on my iphone 4
    please help

    Reply

    • Banana

      09/24/2015 at 5:02 am

      same :-(

      Reply

    • Belle

      09/30/2015 at 7:42 pm

      Same

      Reply

    • yeezys

      03/14/2016 at 12:31 am

      It doesn”t work on iphone 4’s, because your on ios 7 and the filters aren’t compatible with ios 7 or i pad minis.

      Reply

      • phanic! at the fall out disco

        03/27/2016 at 4:25 am

        I have an iPhone 4s which is on 9.1 or whatever the newest update is. I’m not surest going on

        Reply

  6. klw99

    09/17/2015 at 4:08 pm

    Lame, doesn’t work on android phones

    Reply

  7. someone

    09/17/2015 at 6:04 pm

    Doesn’t work on my Samsung. Make a video that works for Samsung users!

    Reply

    • Haley

      09/18/2015 at 5:24 pm

      Same

      Reply

    • caty

      03/07/2016 at 6:17 am

      YES it doesn’t work for Samsung…. :(
      All of the iPhones work, but not Samsung…

      Reply

    • Someone

      03/30/2016 at 4:48 pm

      It doesn’t work on my Samsung Galaxy tablet 4!! Why?!

      Reply

      • Someone

        04/23/2016 at 7:50 am

        I have the same problem

        Reply

      • Urooj

        05/15/2016 at 4:27 am

        Same here.. doesn’t work on my galaxy tab 4 too..

        Reply

  8. Rosy

    09/17/2015 at 6:50 pm

    Doesn’t work on iPad mini! Fail snapchat…

    Reply

  9. Nelly

    09/17/2015 at 8:30 pm

    Why isn’t it working on my iPad 2

    Reply

    • Emma

      09/24/2015 at 9:42 am

      Same

      Reply

  10. Darelle

    09/17/2015 at 8:36 pm

    Does it work on iPod 6th gens?

    Reply

    • Caitlin

      09/17/2015 at 11:40 pm

      I think you mean 5th gen and I cant get it to work on mine

      Reply

      • coffindragger

        09/23/2015 at 10:47 am

        how?

        Reply

      • Peeeeeter

        01/23/2016 at 2:07 pm

        Mine either

        Reply

      • Applehowto

        02/24/2016 at 8:02 pm

        It works on my ipod 6 it wont work on the ipod5 because the A4 processer inside is too slow

        Reply

      • Emily

        03/12/2016 at 12:47 pm

        How did you get it to work on your iPod 5?

        Reply

  11. Jordan

    09/18/2015 at 3:40 am

    I have a droid maxx… Doesn’t work :/ only works on most iPhones and 0 androids…

    Reply

  12. jaylinn

    09/18/2015 at 11:56 am

    it wont work on my ipod five im very upset

    Reply

    • KaylaSavageFace

      09/19/2015 at 9:05 am

      Same here

      Reply

    • Vedantsakhuja

      09/20/2015 at 2:15 am

      Same

      Reply

    • Samkrahn22

      09/22/2015 at 4:31 pm

      Yup unless snapchat lets this be used by all devices I’m leaving 2 stars on the update

      Reply

  13. tanjibaby

    09/18/2015 at 1:11 pm

    wont work on my ipad mini :/

    Reply

  14. Will

    09/18/2015 at 1:33 pm

    I have droid turbo doesn’t work

    Reply

  15. Haley

    09/18/2015 at 5:23 pm

    My iPad is not working, explaine?

    Reply

  16. geoff

    09/18/2015 at 9:03 pm

    doesn’t work on my iPod 5 iPad 4 or iPhone 4

    Reply

  17. Chlo

    09/18/2015 at 11:53 pm

    IT ONLY WORKS FOR THE NEW USERS THIS IS SO UNFAIR IT ONLY WORKS FOR LIKE IPHONE 5-6 AND I PAD AIR OMG IM SO ANGRY RIGHT NOW.

    Reply

    • Dill

      10/08/2015 at 9:24 am

      I have the ipad air, and the ipad mini both newest edition, and no luck,

      Reply

      • Applehowto

        02/24/2016 at 8:04 pm

        Because snapchat isnt a native ipadapp

        Reply

    • Ciara

      02/28/2016 at 11:24 am

      Dosnt work for my ipad air

      Reply

  18. Martha

    09/19/2015 at 5:06 am

    It’s not working on my iPod 5. Help!

    Reply

  19. Emelie

    09/19/2015 at 11:48 am

    Mine isn’t working, everytime I press then hold it just goes away

    Reply

  20. Hello birch

    09/19/2015 at 5:40 pm

    Not working on iPod 5

    Reply

  21. John G. Rivera

    09/19/2015 at 6:21 pm

    Ugh this is not working…. I have the galaxy S4 and I literally just used the filters this morning so I know my phones compatible why don’t they show up now? I did what you said and it doesn’t work…

    Reply

  22. Rylee

    09/19/2015 at 9:49 pm

    Not working on iPod 5

    Reply

  23. Lynn johnston

    09/20/2015 at 3:11 am

    Is there any reason it’s not working on I pod 5 ? My daughter is all stressed as all her pals have it…..! not very handy update if it doesn’t work!

    Reply

  24. Cass

    09/20/2015 at 6:48 am

    It’s not working on my iPod 5. My sister has an android phone and it works on jets… Can’t remember what phone it is. But it’s really dumb that snapchat made an update that only works for certain devices… Lame

    Reply

  25. Emily

    09/22/2015 at 6:22 am

    Not working on my htc

    Reply

  26. Rochelle

    09/22/2015 at 11:53 am

    Not working on my I phone4! Why have a update if I can’t use it? What a waste #fail #everyoneshouldbeabletoenjoy

    Reply

  27. Sarah051281

    09/22/2015 at 5:08 pm

    Not working on my iPhone 4 either seems it only works on iPhone 5 and 6 and iPad Air, not sure which android devices it works on, I don’t see why an iPhone 4 can’t use it, EPIC FAIL SNAPCHAT !

    Reply

  28. dawg2006

    09/24/2015 at 9:26 pm

    Ya the new update sucks! I have a galaxy core prime and can’t use the lenses… Why would snapchat release something that not all people can use?

    Reply

  29. Bella

    09/26/2015 at 9:58 am

    Doesn’t work for my Android Samsung ! And when I take a video its broken. Failed new snapchat

    Reply

  30. Shona

    09/28/2015 at 9:19 am

    not working on an iphone 6s??

    Reply

  31. Someone

    09/28/2015 at 1:00 pm

    Lg stylo?? It isn’t working either!!!!

    Reply

  32. Jeremy

    09/28/2015 at 3:42 pm

    Doesn’t work on my Android

    Reply

  33. Erica

    09/29/2015 at 11:14 am

    Doesn’t work on Moto X second gen EITHER… manor FAIL SNAPCHAT!!!!!!!!

    Reply

    • Jessca

      01/09/2016 at 10:26 pm

      Me too. And I like to try it so badly

      Reply

  34. Jeff

    09/29/2015 at 5:17 pm

    Doesn’t work on my Telstra Dave.How cruel when all the rest of the family have it.When are they going to fix it????

    Reply

  35. Lilrobinpics

    10/01/2015 at 8:52 pm

    Not working on my iPhone 5s.

    Reply

    • Annie674

      10/15/2015 at 5:50 pm

      My iPad and iPhone 5s both don’t work so angry cause everyone of my friends that have newer toys can play but me whatever

      Reply

  36. Diana

    10/02/2015 at 7:47 pm

    It isn’t working on my iPad mini

    Reply

  37. cenk

    10/04/2015 at 11:20 am

    Meizu mx4

    Reply

  38. Ana

    10/05/2015 at 6:59 pm

    I’m going to agree with the majority of this group. I’m extremely upset emotionally that I will be denied my right to puke rainbows! This is unacceptable snapchat!

    Reply

  39. eloisa mae

    10/12/2015 at 10:06 am

    doesn’t work on samsung J7! uuuhg

    Reply

  40. becjente

    11/01/2015 at 1:49 am

    Not working on Huawei Ascend y300 :(

    Reply

  41. pepa prase

    11/20/2015 at 4:11 pm

    ni meni ne radi

    Reply

  42. Amber

    11/29/2015 at 6:11 am

    Doesn’t work with my Samsung galaxy s5 mini either… Whole update sucks.

    Reply

  43. Cooltechguy

    12/06/2015 at 5:34 am

    Doesnt work on my ipad mini 1sr gen and on my iphone 5

    Reply

  44. Cooltechguy

    12/06/2015 at 6:44 am

    I hate this update

    Reply

  45. Hallie

    12/31/2015 at 5:53 pm

    Doesn’t work on my iPad 2

    Reply

  46. Ellie

    01/17/2016 at 1:51 am

    doesn’t work on iPad mini!!!???

    Reply

  47. Arian

    01/20/2016 at 9:20 pm

    I get ghe lenses and all that good stuff, but i am not able to record on the lenses.. why is that?? I have a Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE!

    Reply

  48. Tre

    01/25/2016 at 5:47 pm

    I have a Samsung Galaxy prevail LTE and I get the lenses but I can record… My friend who has the same phone but pretty sure different carrier can record while using the lenses… Why is this??

    Reply

  49. Sage

    01/31/2016 at 12:46 pm

    It’s not working on my iPod 5. Why?

    Reply

  50. Kady

    01/31/2016 at 5:58 pm

    It works for my friends iPad mini but not mine…
    Please explain

    Reply

  51. Rebecca Brand

    02/14/2016 at 8:49 am

    Snapchat has never worked on any of my Samsung phones I now have samsung s6 edge and still doesn’t work SNAPCHAT sort your self’s out and do 1 for everyone to use!!!! It’s so unfair.

    Reply

  52. Sage

    02/16/2016 at 7:06 pm

    Why dose’t work on my IPod 5 and iPad mini

    Reply

  53. Ashley

    02/26/2016 at 2:49 pm

    Why can’t I record video w my lenses on?? I have galexy note 2 please help me to fix this if you can! Thank you.

    Reply

  54. Naima

    02/27/2016 at 8:31 am

    Doesn’t work on my iPhone 4s!! Is that te same with anyone else???if u do get it I work then reply Plzz !!!

    Reply

  55. Angel

    03/05/2016 at 10:23 pm

    It works on my Samsung galaxy S6 edge but not on my Samsung note 10.1

    Reply

  56. Rehan Akbar

    03/09/2016 at 9:48 am

    WTH! I cannot get those filters on my iPod touch 5 why?

    Reply

  57. isha

    03/09/2016 at 5:12 pm

    it does not work on my ipod 5th generation .. PLEASE SHOW ME HOW TO GET IT TO FIX!!!!

    Reply

  58. Slavasalar

    03/14/2016 at 2:50 am

    OMG it doesn’t work on ipad mini

    Reply

  59. Jenny

    03/15/2016 at 2:56 pm

    Why won’t it work on my IPod 5
    Most of my friends who have snapchat it works for them but all my friends who have ipod5 it doesn’t work

    Reply

  60. Lucy

    03/22/2016 at 8:38 pm

    This is stupid snapchat needs to come out with and update that everyone can use or just get rid of the lenses because it’s just not fair to the people who can’t get by and everyone else can it’s like snapchat is picking favorites….uggghhhhhh so annoying I just want to puke rainbows be a dog swap faces and be a rabbit is that a problem with snapchat

    Reply

  61. Sillygoosey25

    03/30/2016 at 1:59 am

    It dont work on my ipad

    Reply

  62. Mickey

    04/01/2016 at 6:40 pm

    Do the filter/lenses not work on the iPhone 4

    Reply

  63. KRoberts

    05/10/2016 at 10:25 am

    Only just downloaded snapchat so is updated but when I tap amd hold the screen nothing happens?!?!?!

    Reply

  64. Maya Zaman

    07/16/2016 at 10:49 am

    Do the filter /lenses work on Samsung tab 4

    Reply

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