Take your Snapchat snaps to the next level with emoji, filters, lenses, and more!

So you know how to use Snapchat, take your photos and selfies, and shoot your videos, but now you want more. You're looking to add some emojis, play around with filters, adjust the text, maybe even draw sketches. Here's how you do all that!

How to add emoji and stickers in Snapchat

You can add emoji in the caption box by switching to the emoji keyboard. But you can also add resizable emoji "stickers" and loads of illustrated stickers.

  1. Tap on the stickers icon in the top right corner of the screen to bring up the stickers palette.
  2. Tap the sticker you want to add.
  3. Tap and drag the sticker to move it around the photo.
  4. Pinch to make the sticker bigger or smaller.
  5. Turn your fingers to rotate the sticker.
  6. Tap and drag the sticker to the trash if you want to remove it.

How to add emoji in Snapchat


Geostickers are a set of stickers related to your location. So depending on where you are — Paris, London, or Los Angeles, for example — you'll see a different set of stickers themed according to the area.

For now, Geostickers are only available in the following places (It's unclear when we'll see them elsewhere):

  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
  • Honolulu
  • London
  • Sydney
  • São Paulo
  • Paris
  • Riyadh

First thing's first: You'll need to have your location services enabled if you want to use Geostickers. They only show up in certain locations, so the app needs to know where you are.

You can enable location services within the Snapchat settings menu (looks like a gear). Tap Settings » Manage Additional Services » Permissions » Edit Permissions and make sure Location is set to While Using the App.

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If your location permissions are all squared away (and you're in one of the Geosticker cities), all that's left is tapping the right buttons.

  1. Take a photo.
  2. Tap the sticker button (looks like a peeling sticker).
  3. Swipe over to the location category (looks like a map pin).
  4. Choose your sticker!

How to add Geostickers in Snapchat

How to add filters in Snapchat

Snapchat has two different types of filters — the first change the appearance of your photo à la Instagram, and the second add information.

If you give Snapchat your location, you can access special filters called Geofilters that feature artwork related to a specific location.

  1. Swipe right to access the information filters and Geofilters.
  2. Tap on the filter you want to use to enable it.

How to add filters in Snapchat

  1. Swipe left to access photo filters.
  2. Tap any filter you like to apply it.

How to add filters in Snapchat

How to adjust text in Snapchat

If you find the caption box is too small to really convey the message you're sending, you can adjust it.

  1. Tap the text icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap once to left align text.
  3. Tap twice to center it.
  4. Tap three times to return to the default text bar.
  5. Tap and drag the text to move it around.
  6. Pinch to make the text bigger or smaller.
  7. Turn your fingers to rotate the test.

How to adjust text in Snapchat

How to draw sketches in Snapchat

Sketches let you doodle right on top of your snaps.

  1. Tap the pencil icon at the top right.
  2. Tap an drag on the palette bar to change colors.
  3. Doodle with your finger to sketch.
  4. Tap undo to the left of the pencil icon to remove any mistakes.

How to draw sketches in Snapchat

How to use Snapchat lenses

Snapchat Lenses are live effects that actually track your face as you move — it can add a fun, dynamic look to a video or photo. Best of all, Snapchat updates them regularly so there are almost always a few new Lenses to try out.

  1. Tap and hold down in the middle of the screen until you see a series of white lines appear over your face — this is the face-tracking software at work.
  2. If Snapchat was able to recognize your face, you should see a row of circles appear at the bottom of the screen — these are lenses. Swipe left to switch between them. (Tap the "X" below the shutter button to turn off lenses.)
  3. Lenses have certain movements tied to them (raise your eyebrows, open your mouth, etc.). Performing these movements will trigger an animation or sound.
  4. Tap the shutter button to snap a photo or hold it down to record a video — either way, you've got a hilarious (or frightening) image to send to a friend.

    How to use Snapchat lenses

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