This is how you can use the new Snapchat World Lenses that add amazing 3D features and options to the world around you. Much like the Snapchat lenses that deliver incredible selfies, this is an upgraded version that uses the rear facing camera.
You could use a dumbed down version of lenses with the rear camera before, but the effects didn’t “know” where they are in the world. With the old version when you used the rear camera the effects would just stay wherever they appeared. You had no control over the size and if you moved they moved.
With the new Snapchat World Lenses, you can now control the size and placement and you can even interact in new ways. When people are in the frame they can now interact just like the main Snapchat lenses and you can add awesome 3D effects to your Snaps.
Even if you don’t want to post these on Snapchat, you can still save Snaps to your camera roll so that you can share on Facebook or with a text message or iMessage.
How to use Snapchat World Lenses
You can use Snapchat World Lenses on your iPhone or Android. You want to make sure you are on the new Snapchat update for this to work. If you haven’t updated the app do that before you try anything else.
Open Snapchat and go to the camera.
Switch to the rear camera if you aren’t already on it.
Tap on the screen and you will see a small wireframe pop over appear. This looks like the small flash of white lines that you see on your face with normal Snapchat lenses.
Now you will see small circles at the bottom of the screen that represents the World lenses. Tap on the circle of the World lens you want to check out.
Some lenses work with a person in the frame. If that is the case you will see an option to open your mouth, blow a kiss or raise your eyebrows like the other Snapchat lenses.
Other Snapchat world lenses allow you to put 3D items in the world. When this is the case, you tap to change or interact with the object. You can also tap and hold to move it forward or backward or side to side. Pinch to zoom in or out on the object. Once you place the object it will stay there until you move it. This makes it easy to move around and find the perfect photo or video.
When everything is set up, tap the circle to take a photo. If you want to take a video you can tap and hold on the button. You can also double tap the screen in the middle to quickly jump from the rear camera to the front camera.
There are only a few Snapchat World lenses that offer full functionality at this point, and there are many of the older mediocre lenses that you can also use with the rear camera. Expect to see moe roll out in the coming days and weeks, especially with sponsors.
If you run into Snapchat problems where the World lenses don’t work, you should restart the app or your phone and try again.