Why Does Snapchat Show What Filter You Use?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Why Does Snapchat Show What Filter You Use?

Does it annoy you too that Snapchat gives your filter away when you send filtered snaps to your friends?

It annoys us too, and many others are complaining about this. But there’s a good reason why Snapchat is doing this.

Other people may want to use your filter because they like it. Snapchat makes it visible so they can use it for themselves.

But if you don’t want others to know what filter you’re using, there’s a solution. Just do this:

  1. Take a picture on Snapchat
  2. Apply the filter to it
  3. Save the picture to your Camera Roll
  4. Make sure the photo you saved has the filter applied
  5. Discard the photo you took on Snapchat and delete it
  6. Use the filtered photo in your Camera Roll to send to your friends

The filtered photo in your Camera Roll won’t show the filter you’ve used, so your secret’s safe. Keep reading for a detailed guide on how to do this!

1. Take a photo

Taking a photo on Snapchat
Take a photo

So, the first thing you should do is take a photo on Snapchat. Just tap the big circle when you’re ready to take the photo, and you’re done.

2. Tap the “Filters” icon

Accessing the filters menu on Snapchat.
Tap the “Filters” icon

Once you take the photo, look on the right-hand side panel for the “Filters” icon. Tap on it and continue with the guide. This will let you apply a filter or lens to your photo.

3. Select a filter

Selecting a filter on Snapchat.
Select a filter

Next, you need to select a filter from the filter list. Once you pick one, proceed to the next step, where you need to download the photo to your gallery.

4. Select “Save

Saving a filter on Snapchat.
Select “Save

After you apply a filter to your photo, find the “Save” button in the lower left part of the app and tap on it. This will save the photo to your phone gallery.

5. Discard the Snapchat photo

Discarding a photo on Snapchat.
Discard the Snapchat photo

After you save the photo to your gallery, discard the one on Snapchat. You no longer need it because this one shows the filter you’re using.

6. Go to your gallery

Accessing the gallery menu on Snapchat.
Go to your gallery

Now, go to your photo gallery on your phone and find the photo you just saved. You want to ensure it doesn’t show what filter you’re using.

Once you find the photo, tap on it to open it and see it closer.

Checking if a Snapchat filter is visible.
Check the image to see if the filter is visible.

Once you zoom in on the image, you should know pretty fast if the filter is visible or not. Will people figure out what filter/lens you’re using?

If not, then this picture is just what you need.

7. Open a chat with your friend

Opening a chat with a Snapchat friend.
Open a chat with your friend

After you check the image for filter visibility, you’re ready to send it. Go to Snapchat, open the Chat window, and open a conversation with a friend to whom you want to send the photo.

8. Tap the “Image” icon

Sending an image on Snapchat to a friend.
Tap the “Image” icon

Once you open your friend’s chat, look for the “Image” icon in the lower right corner. Tap on it and continue with the last step.

9. Find the photo in your camera roll

Choosing an image to send to a friend on Snapchat from the camera roll.
Find the photo in your camera roll

Make sure you select the “Camera Roll“, and find the photo you saved previously. Send it to your friend or post it on a story.

No one will know what filter you’re using, so problem solved!


In short, Snapchat shows the filter you’re using because it wants other people to be able to use your filter if they like it. They may stay for longer on Snapchat if they can use your filter.

But if you want to keep it a secret, follow the steps outlined in this guide, and you’re good. Saving the filtered photo to your camera roll and using that on Snapchat will solve the problem.

Your filter won’t know, and people won’t be able to use it for themselves. It’s all yours!

If you have any questions about this topic, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible. Until then, stay tuned for other helpful articles about Snapchat!

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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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