How To Use Geofilters On Snapchat In 2018

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It's almost been a year since Snapchat officially opened up On-Demand Geofilters to the general public in the early months of 2016. However, like many other tech companies, Snapchat's platform is in a state of constant change.

Here's everything you need to know about geofilters in 2018 and how you can take advantage of them.

But first, we need to cover a few quick basics.


What Is A Geofilter?

Snapchat Geofilters are photo or video overlays for Snaps. What makes geofilters so exclusive and fun is that they are only available to a certain area over a certain time frame. Meaning, you really have to know to be there in order to be able to use the Geofilter in time.

How Do You Use Geofilters On Snapchat?

In order to use a geofilter, you have to be in the area where the geofilter is scheduled. In addition, you have to make sure your location settings are turned on for your Snapchat app.

If you don't have your location settings turned on for your Snapchat app, you'll be unable to get a single geofilter - no matter if you're in the right area or not.

In order to enable your Snapchat app's location settings, go to:

  • Phone Settings  
  • Snapchat
  • Location Settings
  • Tap "While Using The App"

Once your location settings are turned on, you're now ready use Geofilters in Snaps.

First, take a Snap and all you have to do is swipe to the left to be able to access the geofilters that are currently over your area.

You can then set that Snap to your "Story" making it visible to all of your Snapchat friends. Or you can simply send the Snap privately to your close friends.


How Do You Get Geofilters On Snapchat?

Whether it's a party, your wedding, or any other event that you may have coming up, it's fairly easy to get a Snapchat Geofilter for the big day.

If you have the time, graphic design programs, and design skills, you can actually make your own custom filter and go through Snapchat's Geofilter submission process completely on your own.

Important Note:

Be sure you aren't breaking any of Snapchat's official rules and guidelines for on-demand geofilters. Otherwise, you run the risk of your custom filter being rejected.

If you're busy (say, planning your event) or don't posses the needed programs or design capabilities, you can easily just go to a Snapchat Geofilter company to take care of everything for you.


For example, here at,, we offer professionally designed Snapchat Geofilters for everyday people, as well as big businesses and brands.

Our company even takes care of Snapchat's Geofilter submission process on your behalf free of charge (go here to learn more about how Snapchat prices geofilters).

Each Snapchat filter our company creates is completely custom made. Meaning, there isn't any danger of you or your friends or family coming across your geofilter's design on social media for someone else. Go here to learn more on how to get a professionally designed geofilter made.


In Conclusion

Snapchat geofilters are ever changing, but the basis has mainly stayed the same. After Facebook's plans of releasing their own version of geofilters called "Location Frames", its clear the concept of geofilters is here to stay.