How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos?

Did you know that you can add Instagram filters to existing photos?

Normally, you could only add filters to photos you took at that moment using Instagram.

But now, Instagram added a new feature that lets you add filters to photos in your Camera Roll.

This guide will teach you how to apply filters to these photos.

How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos:

  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

Keep reading to find out more about the above in detail!

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How to Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos

How Can You Add Instagram Filters to Existing Photos?

To edit an existing photo on Instagram, swipe left on your home screen.

This will take you to the Camera function of Instagram.

Camera function of Instagram
Camera function of Instagram

Here, you can take a photo and add filters, text, or draw on it.

But you can also use pre-existing photos and edit them.

To do so, tap on the button in the bottom-left corner.

This will open a list of photos that are on your phone at present.

Select one.

Select Instagram photo
Select Instagram photo

Now you have the image on fullscreen, and you can edit it.

Look at the top – there are five options there.

Tap on the second one; the one is showing twinkly stars. That’s the Filter button.

Instagram "Filter" Button
Instagram “Filter” Button

Once you tap on it, you’ll see a bar appearing at the bottom, showing multiple icons.

Those are filters. Select each one and see what it does.

Once you’re happy with a chosen Instagram filter, tap on the checkmark icon in the top-right corner.

This will take you back to the main screen, with your photo already edited.

Edited Instagram photo
Edited Instagram photo

If you don’t want to add other things, tap “Send To” to send the photo to someone else.

You can even post it as a story if you tap on “Your story” in the bottom-left corner.

Alternatively, you can save the photo by tapping on the first button at the top, the one showing an arrow pointing downwards.


Instagram filters are great ways to spice things up with your Instagram content.

You can send edited photos to friends or post them on your story for everyone to see.

Either way, adding filters to existing photos on Instagram is easy.

Just swipe left on your home screen, tap on the button in the bottom-left corner, select a photo, and add filters.

Then, send it to someone, download it, or save it as your story.

Do whatever you want!


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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