Snapchat is consistently setting the bar when it comes to adding new tools that improve our experience, so it's no surprise that the app's latest update is poised to change the social media landscape yet again. If you're a Snapper eager to learn how to use Snapchat World Lenses and take your videos to the next level, well, buckle up, because the latest 3D filters to hit the scene are really freakin' fun. The new slew of interactive lenses at your fingertips will help you see you world in a whole new way (and besides, everything looks better in Snapchat-colored lenses).
On Tuesday, April 18, Snapchat announced World Lenses in a post on their blog. These lenses are not intended for selfies, like the Lenses introduced in 2015 that we all know and love; rather, to utilize these new ones, you need to Snap with your phone's rear-facing camera. A simple tap of the screen will produce a selection of cool new overlays to "paint" the world around you. For the first time, you can place the filter in a location on your camera screen and move around to explore the augmented reality feature's three dimensions. Toss seeds around and watch them land and bloom into flowers; comment on your environment by adding words such as "cute," "gross," and "OMG"; make your world sparkle; fill it with bubbles; and so much more.
It's hard to believe that Snapchat only released Lenses a year and a half ago — the infamous puppy dog faces, sparkling flower crowns, and rainbow puke options seem like they've been filling our feeds for so much longer. Irreverent and fun, the filters have since taken on all kinds of shapes and forms, enlivening posts, and Snapchat's impressive tech has taken them to the next level.
Here's what World Lenses look like in action:
Itching to give World Lenses a try? Here's how to make fellow Snappers say "OMG" when they see your latest video: