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How to get Snapchat filters in Zoom

If you’re looking to add a little spice to your seemingly endless stream of Zoom meetings, or you just like to stand out from the crowd, you can add Snapchat filters, backgrounds, and lenses to your session. From turning yourself into a pickle, to walking in space, to trying on crazy hats, you’ll have a lot of fun with the seemingly endless new options available to you.  The process of setting up Zoom with Snapchat filters is pretty easy. Here’s how to do it.

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Getting started

Your first step is to install Snap Camera to your computer. Snap Camera was created by Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., to let you add cool backgrounds, filters, and lenses to any livestream or video chat, not just Zoom. Once you have it downloaded, all you need to do is to sign in to Zoom.

Starting a funny meeting

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Now that you have Snap Camera downloaded, open it and choose what type of background, filter, or lens you want to use. We recommend the pickle lens, but that’s just our preference. Then, go to your Zoom meeting and click on the tab beside the video icon at the bottom of the screen. Finally, click on the Snap Camera option. That’s it. Whatever you chose in the Snap Camera will now show up on your Zoom video.

Change it up

If you get bored throughout your meeting, you can always change things up. Just go into Snap Camera again and choose a different filter, background, or lens. Within seconds, the change will be visible on your Zoom video.

How to go back to yourself

Once you’ve decided you’re done (or your boss has had enough of your shenanigans), switching back to your normal face and background is easy. Just go into the video options again in Zoom and click on your regular camera. Everything will switch back to normal. You can switch back to the Snap Camera anytime you like throughout your meeting or livestream.

One word of caution, though. Using Snap Camera may make your computer lag a little bit and give you a little bit of a jumpy video stream. You may want to test it out in a video meeting by yourself before you try it out in front of an audience.

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