How to Remove TikTok’s Invisible Filter

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For a while now, the invisible filter seems to have been the thing on TikTok. This makes your picture transparent and it is not uncommon to come across invisible profile pictures and full body pictures.

Interestingly, this filter has a really cool trigger. When you feel like being invisible, just raise your palm to the screen and poof, you’re away. To bring back your likeness, raise your palm again and you respawn.

This article focuses on removing the given filter, but also provides more information about filters and their availability.

Can you actually remove the filter?

The quick answer is no, you can’t. First of all, the invisible filter is technically not a filter but an effect. As such, it resides in the TikTok cloud and is available as a downloaded/activated option when tapped.

TikTok Remove Invisible Filter

The filter should be under the Popular tab, and it’s only ready to use when you select it. The filter icon is an invisible blue avatar that appears to be dancing.

Either way, if you get cold feet at the last moment, just deselect the filter to remove it. But sometimes things are not so easy and the “filter” may not appear under the effects at all.

To explain, some people have used the power of invisibility to flash unsuspecting TikTokers, believing it to be a clever way to override community guidelines. However, the social network quickly detected the hack and removed the filter from the lineup.

This removal should be temporary and you can expect the filter/effect to appear when the desire to flash other users subsides.

What about removing the filter from existing videos?

Unfortunately, the answer is again no.

There are many tutorials that use third-party apps. Or, they access TikTok through a browser and then try to hack the asset inspection terminal to reveal the original clip. While none of these will work, it’s best not to waste your time. But why is this so?

Some social media platforms use a format that retains both the original video and the filter layer above it. In this case, it is possible to bypass the filter and see only the original clip. However, TikTok is different.

When a video is published, the clip, filters and effects are mixed together. This means that all layers are merged and there is no way to extract individual elements. In other words, TikTok saves everything as a new single-layer video.

That being said, the only way to remove the invisible filter is to use drafts. So you can change your mind before posing. But once the video is released to the digital world, the only thing you can do is delete the entire clip.

Get rid of excess filters

TikTok offers great filter management options and lets you remove unwanted filters for easier browsing. This step-by-step guide works great for any filter, but you’re actually hiding it rather than removing the function from the app.

Either way, it’s a great way to keep only the filters you use often handy without having to scroll through the long menu.

To emphasize again, this applies to TikTok filters; not effects where invisibility should belong.

Step 1

Launch TikTok and tap the plus icon to access the camera view. Next, tap the filters icon on the left side of the screen.

TikTok filter

Drag the carousel menu above the filter label and select Manage to preview all available filters.

2nd step

The next window allows you to choose the category and the name of the filter. Like VSCO, TikTok uses combinations of letters and numbers to name filters and there’s a quick view thumbnail.

Additionally, you get a live preview of the filter when you tap on it. And this kind of configuration makes the selection much easier.

TikTok Invisible Filter

Step 3

Once you locate the filters you don’t need, tap the check mark next to the label and it will disappear from the default list.

Things to know

As noted, you’re not completely removing filters from your profile, but hiding them. If you want to reinstate any of the filters you abandoned, return to the Management menu and tap the empty circle.

Like the videos featuring the invisible filters, the ones you upload with normal filters cannot be edited after you upload them. But if you save it as a draft, you can make last-minute changes.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that TikTok uploads all of your creations in a single layer that cannot be edited post factum. And when you think about it, it’s probably a security feature to prevent potential abuse.

Nevertheless, there will always be users posting super complex tutorials trying to circumvent TikTok’s algorithm.

Now you see me, now you don’t see me

It’s a shame that the invisible filter, or rather the effect, was removed because of blinking users. At this point, all you have to do is hope he comes back soon.

What’s the coolest invisible filter you’ve seen so far? What other filters or effects do you like? Give us your two cents in the comments section below.

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