This is How Snapchat’s New Animated Selfie Lenses Work

Snapchat adds Lenses to their platform that give selfies animated reactions to facial movements.

In a recent app update, Snapchat has included a new layer of “fun” to their platform through Selfie Lenses. The new feature allows Snapchatters to overlay on their selfie an animated selfie lenses that react to facial expression movements.

For example, one of Snapchat’s new animated selfie lenses shoots a rainbow waterfall out of your mouth when you open it, as seen below.

In order to power the new lenses Snapchat acquired Lookersy for $150 million, according to Looksery is a facial modification app that was launched in 2014 following a successful round of funding via Kickstarter.


You can make Snaps eve more fun by adding real-time effects and sounds with Lenses! – Snapchat

How to Use Snapchat Selfie Lenses

Here’s how you can use the new lenses. Make sure you have upgraded to the latest version of Snapchat, otherwise they will not be available.

New Animated Lenses

Step 1. Go to the Camera screen in Snapchat (Selfie mode).

Step 2. Touch your face and hold your finger on the screen. Your face will be recognized via a 3D overlay.

Make sure it covers your whole face. If you are too close or too far away from the camera, it may not work properly. Also, look directly at the camera. Holding the camera at weird angles can make the eyes and cheeks come off track very easily.

Step 3. Swipe between the lenses that appear after your facial recognition is complete. These lenses have changed over the past couple weeks. So check back daily to see if there are any new ones added.

Step 4. Select a lense that you want to use and then follow the prompt it gives you. Some of these lenses require an eyebrow raise or an opening of the mouth in order to trigger the effect.

Step 5. Tap or hold the capture button to take a Snap. If you move a lot during a video, the facial recognition may not work 100%. If you stay still, it works like a charm.

Note: Lenses aren’t supported on some devices including older iPhones, iPod Touches, and many older Android devices. Also, recording video with Lenses is only supported on Android 5.0 or higher.

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