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Snapchat Filters Not Working (How to Fix)

Snapchat is a popular app that has been around since 2011 with millions of users daily. You can use a collection of filters, emojis, bitmojis, and lenses, with the most popular being filters. However, what happens when the Snapchat filters won’t work, and how do you fix it? Well, we will tell you.


An apple iPhone showing the snapchat application alongside other snapchat logos.

Brief History of Snapchat


The appeal and main draw of the Snapchat app is that Snapchat users could post photos, and videos on to the social media app that will go live, and then disappear. They disappear once all the followers of the account have viewed the snap. However, in the case of a story, it will vanish in 24 hours. And, if a Snap is never opened it will vanish after a month.


As mentioned, Snapchat came into being in 2011 and has taken the social media world by storm. It was created by Stanford University students Bobby Murphy, Reggie Brown, and Evan Spiegel. The idea came from Reggie Brown who wanted a social media app where photos and videos would vanish in mere moments. This could be a great way to hide online activity, well, as much as possible since the internet is forever, from potential employers, etc.


The story goes that Mr. Brown went up to Mr. Spiegel with the concept, and he liked it. From there the two of them went forward to Mr. Murphy to write the code, and hence, build the app. However, Snapchat was not the name that this app went by at first. The app was called “Picaboo”. Afterward, in 2011 the trio went down to a duo and relaunched the app as Snapchat in September 2011.


Nowadays the Snapchat app can be used on Android devices, iPhones, and tablets as long as there is an internet connection such as Wi-Fi or mobile data. While the main draw of the app was the notion that information vanishes without you having to delete it, Snapchat filters were a much sought-after feature that drew in the young crowd.


Therefore, if you are an Android user or a holder of an Apple iOS device you could download the app from the Google Play Store or App Store in no time.


What To Do When Snapchat Filters Do Not Work


Snapchat filters not working is a huge annoyance for all of the users of the app. While there are additional services that the app does offer, like Snapchat lenses, they are no way as dear as the filters that help selfies look more fun with the awesome face filters that you should be able to play with.


The first thing you should do when you notice that the filters are not working is to make sure that your app is updated. It is important to have the latest version of Snapchat to use the filtering world, otherwise, you would miss out on great ones like geo-filter or face swap filters.


A software update is the easiest way to make your Snapchat filters work. You can check this by going to your app store and pressing the update button on the Snapchat page. Newer versions of the app also can offer new filters that your older version does not have nor can it get. You can download and buy filters. But, make sure your app is upgraded first. This goes a long way.


Location Services


If your filters are still not showing, you should check if your location is toggled on. You can do this by going to your Android device setting, selecting Snapchat, and toggling on the location. If you are an IOS user then you have to go to your Snapchat settings.


You do this by pressing on the cogwheel on your profile page. It is on the top right above your profile picture. Then go to ‘additional services’ and find ‘manage’, and toggle ‘on-demand geofilters’ to get your filters to work.

Plus, while you are in settings you can also opt to change your Snapchat to ‘dark mode’ if you want.

What If You Cannot Buy New Filters


Now if you have updated your Snapchat to the most recent version, but are struggling to purchase new filters you can try these points:

  • Try a different network

  • Try Google Chrome web browser. This one is said to work better when compared to Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox

  • Try buying it in an incognito window

  • If you are using Google Chrome and nothing is happening, delete your cookies and cache, and then try again.

  • Turn off your firewalls, ad blockers, or VPNs for a bit to get your new filter.

Asset Too Large Issue


Now, let’s say that you designed and created your own filter, but it is not showing up and you are getting an “Asset too large” error message. Then it means that your original filter is too big for Snapchat. To solve this issue you can do a few things. First, check that your filter is 1080 by 2340 pixels and that your final image is under 300 KB.

If it is above you can try using TinyPNG, an online PNG file compressor. Also, make sure that your resolution is 72 DPI. And, another thing to check is that your self-made filter is not covering the screen too much. The point of Snapchat is the Snap behind the filters, so you should keep that in mind while creating.


Other Ways To Get Snapchat Filters To Work


There are several other things that you can try to get your filters to show. One of them is to reboot your phone. Rebooting is often a go-to for any devices from iPhone 4s, iPods, Samsungs, Android tablets, PCs, Macs, etc. The reasoning could be that your mobile device has a lot of apps that use a lot of graphics, like games for example. This can slow your phone/ device down.


Therefore, rebooting it can give it a fresh start, fixing your lack of filters problem. Another issue could be your data connection speed. If your data is too slow, then the filters will suffer. Therefore, you may want to look into that and think of getting a higher, and faster package.


And, hopefully, finally, you can check if the filter option is even turned on. This can be a small thing, but it is always the small ones that bugger you around. Plus, they are usually the last to be checked. Speaking of checking…


You should open Snapchat on your mobile and swipe down when you are on your camera screen. In the top right corner, there is the cogwheel for settings. Here you will go to ‘additional services’ once again. But, you will look for the ‘filters’ option. And toggle it on.



Why Use Filters At All


Snapchat’s whole concept is that what you post is gone in a few moments. This is so that you can say what you need to say, or show what you want to show and it will not come back to “haunt” you. The idea is that deleting it, makes it come across that you did something wrong. And, Snapchat sidesteps this line of thinking by not giving you a choice and doing it for you.


But, filters are a wonderful draw to the app. They are fun and are a great way to add more character and personality to your images, selfies, and videos. Plus, they are a lot of fun to use. Furthermore, they can show your followers your world. Geofilters come to mind.


This is a filter that lets users add a location illustration to show where they are. This is not limited to a country, but it can be a city, neighborhood, or even a shop. But, that is merely one of many. Here are some of the more popular ones, that we like:

  • Sailor’s Cap: This is a cute feature which not only places an old-school sailor cap on your head, but it does more. It gives you a full, black beard with a pipe and bubbles coming out of it. A childhood fantasy came true.

  • Fashion Sunglasses: This filter gives you awesome-looking shades, as well as a long, thick beard.

  • My Twin: Ever wondered what your twin would look like if they're of the opposite sex? Even if you don’t have a twin? Well, with this filter you can find out. The filter works by taking a look at your facial features and turning them to the opposite sex. It can change the hairstyle, eyes, and even skin texture to give you the full image of the twin that you sometimes wish was real.

  • Fire Sunglasses: This one is a classic. It is as the name suggests. Fire in the lenses of your sunglasses. It is often used for motivation as well as to pump yourself and your followers up for the day ahead. Plus, it looks badass.

  • Old: Growing up is something that is unavoidable. And, it does not have to be a frightening adventure. That is where the “old” filter comes in. This is made to age you up with grey hair, and wrinkles so that you can see what you could look like in the future. And, it is used for a good laugh.

  • Neon Horns: Feeling the Halloween spirit earlier? Well, grab a pair of Neon Horns with this filter. These go on top of your head and can give off the naughty vibe that you are aiming for. Plus, you also get a tail.

These are only some of the many that are on the app. And, Snapchat adds new ones daily. However, they can also take old ones away if their popularity decreases a lot. So you better use your favorite one before it is gone. Besides filters, you also have lenses to play with.


What Are Lenses


Snapchat lenses are augmented reality which means that they react to your movement. Filters are images that are overlaid onto your photo. Some of the best lenses are:

  • The classic dog with their tongue sticking out.

  • A Glitter Gold one

  • Rosy Cheeks

  • Another classic: Face Swap

  • Beauty products

  • Pink glow with a flower crown

And so many more. Plus, you can even make your own lenses or/and filters for Snapchat.


Why Make Your Own


The reasoning, while many people would prefer or want to make their own Snapchat filters, is that it is a way to personalize their message, image, or video. It can be a great way to create your brand and make it stand out even if it is only for a few moments.


However, one of the biggest reasons you may want to consider making an original filter is to make special events and moments even more so. Such as a birthday party, or a wedding, etc. Imagine your friends seeing your snap with their image or name in the corner while you send them a heartfelt message. You can still make the message without the filter, but the filter will add more to it. The whole point of lenses and filters is to make real-life in real-time much more fun. In a way making it better.


So why not make it a bit more personal as well? This can be a great way to say something and show it at the same time, in the same snap. Plus, it would mean more to them knowing that you put in the effort to create something new for them.


Or, you can just make a new lens or filter for yourself. If something is lacking on the Snapchat filters and lenses side then you can fill in the gap that you want. It may only be for you, and used by you but why not? Maybe you will get lucky and other users will notice and want it. Eventually, making Snapchat take notice. Well, this is mostly wishful thinking, but it would be fun either way.


To Close Off


The above step on how to fix your ‘Snapchat filters not working’ issue should be the way to go. However, the first thing you should check is if you are using the most recent version of the app. This could be the leading cause of many issues.


Plus, it also lets you get the newer ones. From there make sure your ‘filter’ toggle in settings and that your internet is fast enough to handle Snapchat. These would be the first things that you should check. If you have and the issue is still there, try the other steps that we have mentioned.


Snapchat is a great app, but like many, it can also fall into issues like your filters not working, or your snap is pending, or the app will not open, etc. But, if you do the steps above for at least why your filters are being weird then hopefully your issue will be solved.


And, if not then you can reach out to Snapchat or check with your mobile customer services to see what could be up. Either way, we hoped we helped, and shed some light on what the cause of the issue could be. As well as, and more importantly, how you could solve it. We hope you have fun with your Snapchatting experience



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