How to put filters and effects on Instagram Stories

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But we want to exploit the possibilities further and open up a whole range of options, not just limited to Instagram filters that react with music or join the trend of creating our own stickers for stories. We face how to add and activate filters and effects in instagram stories, so that it is always in trend.

How to download and activate Instagram filters

Instagram has a huge number of filters and effects for stories. To put them on and use them, you just have to look at the bottom of the story you are making where the most popular ones are shown.



You have to scroll to the sides to find the one you like best and try them out one by one to see which one fits the photo best. Similarly, to put Instagram filters and effects you can look for them in the magnifying glass, where the app shows other filters that are less used but with more variety.

We will learn how to add and activate filters and effects in Instagram stories, so that the only limitation is individual taste when exploring all possibilities.

In principle, what should be known is that it is necessary always keep the Instagram application updated to its latest version, as this grants access to the latest offerings in terms of editing range in the stories, i.e. the effects, filters and related elements that are added.

The filters and effects you use or activate, you can save them for use on another occasion. In that sense, when you go to take the picture, you should look down, the filter name appears. If you hold down this name, a menu will open in which the option to save the filter appears.


After doing this, the saved filter appears on the left side of the button to take the photo in the story and to choose and put the saved filters and effects you just have to drag the screen to the left and take the photo.


How to use the filter browser for Instagram stories

To search for more filters than what appears in the options that Instagram shows you when you take the photo, you need to go to the browser. To go there you need to take a filter and press and hold the filter name. At that moment a menu opens in which you need to choose the option explore filters. This takes you to another section where many filters appear and where you can choose and put the most used and popular Instagram filters and effects.

How to find an effect on Instagram by name

In the search engine or the Instagram explorer you can also search for filters by name. In this sense, in the upper part of the explorer, the symbol of a magnifying glass and a box for writing. There you enter the name of the filter you want and the options that use that name appear.

How to insert an effect on Instagram Stories

The procedure is simple, in the first instance we have to go to the application, once there we have to go to the section to add stories, which is achieved by pressing on the history icon, at the top, or by making a horizontal movement in the screen to the right.


There an image is added or created with the Instagram camera or by adding from the gallery. Filters and specialized effects are activated when using the internal camera. There you can choose from a large number of elements, distributed among the icons that are displayed, the iconography of a smiling face, is where you collect the most particular filters.

You can insert Instagram filters and effects very quickly. For this you just have to look for the funny effect you want add to your image and press on take photo. Once the photo is taken, you can continue placing emojis or stickers to make it more fun and interesting.


In general, all the most popular filters and effects are at hand, only the one with the highest preference should be chosen. In the particular case of effects for instagram stories, they are distributed similarly below, and are activated for use, when using the application's internal camera.

Being available and updated, depending on the version of the application you are using, therefore, you need to update it. But this does not show all filters and / or effects directly a which can be accessed. Therefore, we will study how to add more of these elements.

Add filters and effects to Instagram Stories

Having the latest version does not mean that you will be able to observe the full spectrum of possibilities to make the stories more surprising, but it is true that shows the most popular options. 


As for the effects, it should be noted that they are default and to add a new one, you just need to update the application. Despite the filters, they have such a large apparatus that some can be confused with effects, when applied, a product of their high quality. To access it, you just need to do the following.

Go to the stories section, using the internal camera. You have to swipe right and look for a magnifying glass icon, its location will vary depending on the version used. It can also be found by clicking on the iconography of some of the effects, which brings up a submenu and sees the magnifying glass icon there.

That magnifying glass icon is there leads to infrequent Instagram filters, there you can browse and choose the one you prefer, and if you want to add it to be used more directly, press on it until the submenu appears and choose "save to camera".


How to know if my mobile is compatible with the new filters and effects of Instagram Stories

To find out if your phone is compatible with effects and to be able to set filters, you need to look at the version of Android you are using. If you have a phone with Android lower than 5.0, will not be compatible, so filters will not appear in stories.

If the Android version is higher than the one mentioned, you can rest assured that your phone is compatible with any filter. On IOS devices these tools are not compatible with versions prior to iOS 10.

What are the best filters on Instagram and the most searched?

On Instagram there are many filters, so many that they are countless. However, there are some that stand out the most because they are the most used by influencers or celebrities. These will appear at the top of the options as they are the ones people use the most.

Find and test popular or third-party filters on Instagram

To search for the most popular filters, you need to go to the search engine or explorer. In this there are several options you can view the filters used by the people you follow or those used by celebrities.
After reviewing which one looks best to you, you just have to click on it to be able to use it. The filters are divided into sections, one is for funny filters, another for romantic ones and there is also one for dark filters.

Create your own filter for your Instagram stories

If you don't want to put Instagram filters and effects on your photos because you don't like them, you can create your own. For this, you have to use a tool called Spartk AR Studio that works with any device and is free to download.

This connects to your Facebook account and through it you can create the filters that are indicated to you. You can also add many effects to your images like glasses, funny faces, tongues, hats and many other things. Likewise, if you don't like how your filter turned out at the end of the process, you can tweak and tweak it as you like.

Remove duplicate filters or effects in gallery

To remove filters, you need to go through a process similar to when you want to save them. For this, you must have pressed the name of the filter and opened the menu section. At the bottom, you will see that the option to remove the filter appears, click on it and it will be removed from your list.

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