What Are Snapchat Selfie Lenses and How Do I Use Them?

Written by Lauren Austin

Back in September of 2015, Snapchat introduced a new feature called Lenses. Lenses was created for users to have more fun while taking their selfies. Users could choose from a variety of silly, funny or scary Lenses, which changed daily. This feature was originally free, but due to its popularity and high demand, Snapchat created a “Lens Store” — which sold different Lenses for $0.99 each.

Once a Lens was purchased, users owned it forever. If users didn’t purchase a Lens, they were given new Lenses to try every day. The only downside was that - unless they purchased any of them - users never got to keep those "loaner" Lenses for an extended period of time.

Even though initial sales were strong and many users ultimately purchased multiple Lenses, in January 2016, Snapchat made the decision to close the Lens Store for good. Instead, Snapchat now offers a rotating selection of 10 Lenses to all of its users — absolutely free!

In addition, users who grant the application access to their location may also get to use promotional Lenses based on where they are in the world. Promotional Lenses are rapidly gaining in popularity among major brands, marketers, PR professionals, event organizers, and more.

How do I use Snapchat Lenses?

To use Lenses in Snapchat, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the Camera screen in Snapchat.
  2. Press and hold on a face! Lens options will appear below.
  3. Swipe left to select the Lens you want to use.
  4. Follow any action prompts that appear, like ‘Raise Your Eyebrows.’
  5. Tap the capture button to take a Snap, or press and hold on the capture button to record a video.

Below are some of the most popular Snapchat Lenses:


What’s your favorite Snapchat Lens? Let us know in the comments section below!