Whether you like it or not, Snapchat is currently one of the most popular social media platforms. Young people (and adults too, let’s face it!) are on Snapchat 24/7. If you’re new to Snapchat, you’ll probably struggle to understand how it all works, let alone understand Snap-cabulary.
An example of this is Geofilters, a new trend in the world of Snapchat. Essentially, these are special Snapchat filters that are only accessible in particular locations. They are inspired by digital stickers, but evoke exclusivity based on location.
How it works?
Before we dive into the basics of the best Snapchat geofilters on the market, let’s discuss how geofilters actually work. So they are location exclusive, you probably figured that out. But what do I see, in Boston, Massachusetts, when you post a photo with geofilters from St. Louis, Missouri? Well, geofilters change depending on where you are. For example, you may not see what your recipient sees.
Where to get Snapchat geofilters?
At first, Snapchat geofilters were available through the official company releases. Therefore, they were somewhat limited. However, as the selection grew, community-submitted location-based filters became a thing. These are mostly free and available to all users.
Additionally, custom geofilters are available. You can get them for one-month or one-day purchase periods.
To get started, choose an on-demand style or design a geofilter from scratch. Once you’ve submitted the design and Snapchat has approved it, you’ll be prompted to map it. Otherwise, contact Snapchat and ask them to design a geofilter for you. Of course, the old method is going to cost you.
To map a geofilter, provide the details of the area you want to apply it to. Snapchat will offer what’s called a “geo-fence” of around 20,000 feet. And people in that range will be able to use your geofilters.
To find a geofilter, open the Snapchat app, go to the gear icon (settings), select Manageand check the Filters box. Now all you have to do is be in the right place at the right time. This is how it works.
10 Best Snapchat Geofilters
You can find cool geofilters, create your own, or have Snapchat create a filter. Either way, you’ll need some inspiration to get things done. Here are some of the best Snapchat geofilters to spark your imagination.
10. Dolgoch Falls, Wales, UK
Have you ever heard of Snowdonia? Yes, it looks like a location from a fantasy movie. However, the site is very real and is a national park located in Wales. Yes, this Wales, UK.
Now, regarding the geofilter, there are three beautiful waterfalls in this park, accessible only by foot. It’s quite a walk, but the sights you’ll see along the way are well worth it. You will come across a few caves and certainly won’t be disappointed.
Finally, have you ever watched the music video for No Quarter by Led Zeppelin? Yes, some featured shots are from here.
9. Jozani Forest, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Did you know that Zanzibar has only one national park? It’s such a travesty that a place teeming with wildlife only has one site that preserves its widespread flora and fauna. Either way, you can expect great views here.
It’s not easy to get to, however, you’ll have to walk for the most part. So be sure to get a travel guide.
The most unique thing about Jozani Forest is that it is home to the Zanzibar species of red colobus monkey. These beautiful monkeys reside exclusively on the island.
If you ever find yourself in this stunning location, be sure to look for the Jozani Forest Geofilter to make your snaps even more unique.
8. Gruta Rei Do Mato, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
This breathtaking cave is near a highway, very close to the city of Sete Lagoas in Brazil. Its proximity to a highway does not make the Gruta Rei Do Mato cave accessible. Translated into English, the name of the cave means “Cave of the Forest King”.
The cave features numerous stalagmites and stalactites, as well as rimstone dams. There are many other cave systems at the site, but Gruta Rei Do Mato is the most famous.
When taking new photos of this wondrous cave, be sure to check its geofilter and use it for your snaps.
7. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Montana may not seem like the most exciting part of the United States, but it is certainly one of its most beautiful and life-rich places. This is especially true for Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. The park covers a wide range of towering mountains, formed by glaciers during the last ice age.
Glacier National Park is not a place where you can walk. It is difficult to reach and requires an experienced guide by your side. Unless you’re the park ranger, of course.
If you walk around this national park, you will see a nice filter appear. Now, this might not be the most exclusive filter and it certainly isn’t fancy, nor does it need to be. The area is quite beautiful in itself. Glacier National Park is a brilliant addition to your collection of rare geofilters.
6. Kokino, Macedonia
This true Balkan beauty of a place looks like something out of one of the Lord of the Rings movies or an episode of Game of Thrones. Kokino is a Bronze Age archaeological site located less than 32 km from Kumanovo, North Macedonia.
It covers about 6,000 square meters and sits about 3,000 feet above sea level. Kokino stands in the middle of nowhere, its rocks rising above the surrounding green hills and fields.
From a geofilter perspective, this is a great place to photograph. Definitely difficult to access, it will have to be done on foot (and by hand). Once you’ve reached the top, you’ll enjoy snapping a photo with a beautiful orange geofilter that appears at the bottom of your screen.
5. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
In the central province of Sri Lanka, lies the humble town of Dambulla. The city itself is beautiful and will help you take some great photos. However, close to the city you will find the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Essentially, it’s a jaw-dropping column of rock, resting at 660 feet. It’s a bit surprising for the rock columns.
The best part about this magnificent rock fortress is that its nearby green surroundings make for a great photo opportunity. You don’t have to be a rock climber to capture awesome photos with the Sigiriya Geofilter. If you have the chance to climb Sigiriya, you absolutely must. The view from the top of this rocky fortress is unquestionably and unequivocally amazing.
The filter is relatively simple but will adapt perfectly to your shots, at least depending on the colors chosen.
4. Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil
This municipality covers 926,000 acres, which is quite large. That’s almost 1,500 square miles! There is not a single sight more magnificent to behold and photograph. As Presidente Figueiredo has rivers, forests, waterfalls, caves and many other wonderful photo opportunities.
The filter is available wherever you are in this vast area, provided you manage to grab an internet connection. We suggest you take your photos and wait until you arrive at a resort or place with internet access, then upload them using the unique geofilter.
It is one of the most beautiful regions of Brazil, which is saying a lot.
3. Brooklyn, New York, USA
New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. It’s bustling with nightlife, business, culture, and all the urban things you can think of. Brooklyn is one of the Big Apple’s most popular neighborhoods. Considering the number of neighborhoods in this vast city, being one of the most important areas says a lot.
From a Geofilter perspective, Brooklyn has a simplistic yet very urban flavor. As long as you take a photo of a building (which you won’t have too much trouble finding in Brooklyn), the geofilter will fit you like a glove. That’s not to say that no other part of this bustling neighborhood will freeze over with this geofilter.
2. Manhattan, New York, USA
What about Manhattan? It’s lively, extremely urban and, well, central park. Manhattan is New York’s business district and one of the most popular peninsulas in the world. To say it offers one of the best urban photo opportunities would be a gross understatement.
If you are in Manhattan, for whatever reason, make sure you have taken some fresh photos of the surrounding buildings or the beautiful and vast Central Park. The geofilter here is inspired by Wall Street, so definitely take some photos of Manhattan’s business district. You can’t miss it, honestly.
1. Venice, California, USA
Venice is one of the most popular waterfronts in the world. It is a commercial, residential and recreational district of the city of Los Angeles, California. Its world famous boardwalk will provide you with countless shooting opportunities. Venice is a district widely known for its beautiful canals surrounded by residential structures.
The geofilter here is totally surf/skate style, a subculture I know very well. Whether you’re capturing the canals, boardwalk, palm trees, or skate parks of Venice, this geofilter will work wonders.
There you have it, an overview of Snapchat’s geofilters feature. Whether you’re looking for cool geofilters, looking to create new ones, or considering paying to have Snapchat make them for you, keeping these points in mind will help you find the most amazing snaps.
The places presented are extraordinary, unique and magnificent. Don’t wait any longer, get up and start your Geofilter hunt.
Which geofilter ideas do you prefer from the list? Have questions about how Snapchat geofilters work? Feel free to hit the comments section below and add your questions, thoughts, tips and tricks.