How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos?

Recently, Instagram added a feature that lets you add filters to photos in your Camera Roll. That’s a welcomed sight, right?

Here’s how to apply filters to existing photos on Instagram:

  1. Swipe left on your Instagram home screen
  2. Tap on the button in the bottom-left corner
  3. Select an image you want to edit
  4. Tap on the “twinkly stars” icon
  5. You will see a bar with multiple options – these are the filters
  6. Choose a filter
  7. Apply the filter and save the image

It’s really not that hard, just a few steps and you’re done. If you’re unsure about this, follow my guide below. There are screenshots that will help you understand better!

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How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos

1. Swipe Right on Your Screen

Camera function of Instagram
Camera function of Instagram

With Instagram opened, you should swipe right to open the Camera feature. This trick will help you access the camera no matter where you are on instagram.

Once you’re there, tap the “Uploads” icon in the bottom-left corner. Check the screenshot above to see where it is.

Then, choose a picture to edit!

2. Select a picture and tap the “Filters” icon

Select Instagram photo
Select Instagram photo

After selecting a picture from the camera roll, you’ll get to the first editing page. Find the “Filters” icon (sparkling stars) on the top menu and select it.

3. Add a Filter

Instagram "Filter" Button
Instagram “Filter” Button

Next, you’re free to choose any filter you like. Scroll through them, select one, see how it plays out, and if it’s suitable, tap the checkmark icon in the top-right corner to save it.

4. Select “Send to

Edited Instagram photo
Edited Instagram photo

Lastly, you’ll want to select “Send to” if there’s nothing else to edit. This will lead to another page where you can select who to send the picture to.

Do that and you’re done.

The “Filters” icon wasn’t previously available for photos in your gallery but Instagram listened to its users and implemented this feature recently.

And now you know how to use it! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or if I can help you with something.


Why doesn’t my Instagram have filters?

Most likely, your app is outdated or buggy.

To fix this, go to the App Store, look for Instagram, and see if there are any updates available.

Alternatively, uninstall and reinstall the app to clear its cache and fix any bugs.

Everyone should have access to face filters and content filters. They’re not restricted to certain regions or countries either.

So, if you don’t have them, something’s wrong on your side.

Updating/reinstalling the app should fix this issue, though.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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