How To Use Geofilters On Snapchat In 2018

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It's almost been 2 years 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 constantly changing.

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 overlays that go on top of pictures for Snaps. 

Why are geofilters so popular?

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 Snapchat geofilters?

In order to add a geofilter to a Snap, 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 location settings on Snapchat:

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

Go here if your phone is still having trouble getting geofilters to show up.

Once your location settings are turned on, you're now ready to access geofilters in your Snaps.

Here's how to apply a geofilter to a Snap:

 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 your own personalized 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 your own 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.

However, if you decide to go this route, be sure you aren't making any of these common mistakes when creating and going through Snapchat's geofilter submission process.

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 custom Snapchat Geofilters for everyday people, as well as big businesses and brands.

Our company also takes care of Snapchat's Geofilter submission process on your behalf free of charge (go here to learn more on how Snapchat prices on-demand 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.


In Conclusion

Snapchat geofilters are ever changing, but the basis has for the most part, stayed consistent.

Are you planning on using more geofilters in Snapchat from now on? Let us know in the comments below.

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