Snapchat, since its first launch back in 2011, has gained popularity as the people’s favorite social media app of the selfies lovers with Snapchat Faces features.
The most notable factors underlying the overwhelming success of the Snapchat app have perhaps been the simplicity and functionality of the app. Like the whole innovative idea of disappearing messages and pictures show how the app is designed to feel like nothing, you have ever experience before. On Snapchat, it is a real conversation rather than the traditional transactional conversations that are supported in other social media apps. It is this innovative approach that has seen the app become ever more functional and fun to use with every update.
This article will explain step by step how to use the new Snapchat update that brings Face Swap and other Lenses. First, you need to be up and running with the newest version of the app.
Getting the latest version update of the New Snapchat
If you do not have the Snapchat app already installed on your phone, then it is time to visit the iTunes App Store for iOS or Google Play Store for Android respectively. The app is free and all the charges you might incur are only internet data service provider related if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi hot spot. For you to smoothly use this application, you will need to have Android 5.0 or higher OS running.
If you already using Snapchat but are unsure if it is the latest version, well there is only one way to find out. Visit your respective store and search for the app. If the app is the latest version you should see “installed” and if an update is available, then you will be prompted to update the app. Please note that even if the app is the latest version and you are running it on android 4.0 or less, you will not be able to use lenses.
New Snapchat lenses and how to use them
The New Snapchat new several new features including, chat 2.0, add emoji, force touch, filters and rewind video. The most exciting feature is, however, the ever evolving lenses most notably the Face Swap Lens.
Using the Face SwapLens on Snapchat
The Face Swaplens is arguably the most popular of all lenses ever released by Snapchat with many celebrity users and selfies lovers falling for its charms. With this feature, you are able to, as the name suggests, swap faces with anyone or anything. While the Face Swap selfies are flooding social media, it is easy to assume that the feature is very user friendly. In reality, users might find it hard to sawp faces perfectly thus this tutorial will help you to get the perfect shots in no time.
Launch the app in selfies mode
To do this, launch the app and double tap on the camera screen to activate selfies mode. If you can see your faces in the display then you are on selfies mode. Ensure your entire face is well lit and visible on the screen.
To activate lenses, tap and hold on your face until a mesh appears on your face as Snapchat is mapping your face. You can now swipe through the lens options that appear at the bottom until you find the yellow icon with two smileys and arrows indicating a swap. Two icons appear on the screen.
Align faces to icons
Now align your face and that of the friend or object you want to swipe faces with so that both icons turn yellow. The Face Swap then happens automatically once two faces have been mapped correctly.
Saving a Face Swap
You can save the image or video to share with your friends on Snapchat by tapping the icon with smileys at the bottom or use the down pointed arrow icon to save it to the phone gallery.
The solo Face Swap
With the solo Face Swaplens, you can swap your face with a face from a photo in your gallery. For this option, you will opt for the purple Face Swap icon. This option adds to the fun even when you are not close to your friends to swap faces.
Other popular Snapchat Lenses
Here are some other Snapchat lenses you might want to check out as well. Using these lenses are fairly easy. To use Lenses in Snapchat follow the steps below:
- Open the Camera screen in Snapchat app.
- Enter in selfie mode and Tap on the face to view Lens options.
- Swipe left to select the Lens you want to use.
- Follow any action prompts that appear, like ‘Raise Your Eyebrows’.
- Tap the capture button to take a Snap, or press and hold on the capture button to record a video.
Zombie with red eyes Snapchat Lens
For those of us waiting for the apocalypse of the zombies, this is our lens. Get a glimpse of what you would look like as a zombie! This is perhaps the creepiest lens ever released. Just don’t run from yourself!
Raccoon mask Snapchat Lens
Some of the most adorable lenses are animal themed. This amazing lens that can turn you into a raccoon and is activated when you open your mouth. Snapchat has released several other animal themed lenses like the Panda Snapchat Lens as well as Bunny Rabbit which turns out to be a killer bunny in the end.
X-ray skeleton skullSnapchat Lens
Tech geeks will love this lens. This is the most popular lens in October for the obvious reason, Halloween! Users swear for a moment that they actually believed that their devices had X-ray imaging capabilities.
Snapchat Geo lenses
Geo lenses are used by brands to promote their products on Snapchat by sponsoring them. We are talking movies, television series like Empire and even tech giants like Samsung.
The Jungle Book Snapchat Geo Lens
Formerly Disney Cartoon, Jungle Book is a classic movie for all. Disney fans enjoy turning into characters in this movie using the lens.
Samsung SnapchatGeo Lens
Watch yourself become a cyborg from the future with one of the cooler lenses from Samsung. Apart from the regular stock lenses, you can augment your selfies and photos with these cool lenses.
Finally, it is worth noting that Snapchat releases seven free lenses every day and thirty for sale to users in the US, UK and beyond. Old lenses are replaced with new ones daily. What this means is that some lenses are gone forever and will no longer be supported ever again. Kindly drop your comments and thoughts on this topic in the comments section below. Happy snapping!