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How to find and use Instagram filters

Time to up your 'gram game.
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March 11, 2022
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Give your photos and selfies a fresh coat of flair with Instagram filters. They use augmented reality to add special effects to your Instagram stories and posts. Many of the filters are built right into the app, but there are thousands more available from independent creators. Here’s how to find and use Instagram filters.

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To find and use Instagram filters, open the camera from the app, swipe left across the icons at the bottom of the screen to see popular filters, and tap the magnifying glass at the end of the row to browse more.


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How to find filters on Instagram

To quickly find a selection of popular filters, open the camera function within the app by tapping the plus icon at the top to add a new post or story.

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You can then swipe across the bottom row to test out a variety of filters. To search for specific filters, swipe to the left until you see a magnifying glass icon. Tap that to browse all sorts of other effects.

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You can select from various categories, such as filters from people you follow or search for specific themes.

When you tap a filter, you’ll see a preview. Tap Try It to test it out or tap the down arrow to save the filter. If you choose the latter, you can swipe right on the icons at the bottom of the screen to find the new filter when opening the camera again.

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If you want to download a filter from a specific creator, you can do so from their profile page. Just tap on the sparkle icon above their grid to find their filters on Instagram and try them out.

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How to use Instagram filters

After you’ve taken or uploaded a photo or video, you can edit it by applying filters to add some flair. Instagram will automatically suggest a selection of filters to apply before posting. Find one you like, then tap on it again to adjust filter intensity using the slider.

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You can also tap Edit from the bottom right to modify other aspects such as brightness, contrast, warmth, and more. When you’re done editing, click the arrow at the top right to share it with your followers.


Read more: How to use Google Duo Effects and filters

FAQs

How do I find the LV filter on Instagram?

Navigate to Louis Viton’s official Instagram page and tap on the sparkle icon above their profile grid to view the LV filters.

What filter does everyone use on Instagram?

Instagram will suggest the most popular filters first in your feed. Check out our guide on Instagram tips and tricks to do it for the ‘gram.