How to activate filters in Instagram Stories?

As we already know, the Instagram application has various tools that make the experience more diverse, among these tools one of the most used that we can find are filters, that is why in this article we will tell you how you can activate it and also how to use them.

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  1. What is the difference between Instagram filters and effects?
    1. What do Instagram filters modify in photos?
    2. The effects of Instagram and what they do in the photos
  2. Why don’t all the filters appear on Instagram?
    1. The updates your phone needs
    2. Could your phone have no internal space?
    3. There is too much cache of this application on the device
    4. How do the permissions affect the operation of Instagram?
    5. Phone glitches preventing Instagram stories from showing
  3. How to use the filters that Instagram offers its users?
    1. Filters in stories, how to activate them?
    2. How are filters added before taking the photo on Instagram?
    3. How do you put a filter on an existing photo on Instagram?
    4. Can you use a filter seen on someone else’s photo?

What is the difference between Instagram filters and effects?

Many times people confuse what effects and filter are, and that is why here in this article we will tell you the differences between each of them so that you can tell whether to place a filter, effect, or both tools on the photo.

What do Instagram filters modify in photos?

If you place an Instagram filter on your photo, it does not modify what is in it, that is, it does not add anything external to the photograph such as a hat or dog ears, they are in charge of changing only the color, saturation, and the lighting.

The effects of Instagram and what they do in the photos

The effects, unlike the filters, if they modify the photo, since there are effects that make your face change, you can put on makeup, put your face with rabbit or dog ears, put on a hat and among other things. Something that should be noted is that on Instagram there are more effects than filters, since some effects can be created by third parties while the filters are only those provided by Instagram, and finally in the effects catalog you can find other filters.

Why don’t all the filters appear on Instagram?

If you are going to take a photo on Instagram and you want to put filters on it , but they do not appear here, we will tell you why this happens and how you can solve it.

The updates your phone needs

The first reason why you don’t get filters on Instagram may be because your phone has a very old version of the operating system. In the case of Android, if you have a version lower than 5.0, it is most likely that the filters will not come out, and for those who have an iPhone, all the filters will not come out if you have a version lower than iOS 10.

If neither of these is your case, that is, you have a newer version of Android and iOS, then maybe it is because you have an old version of Instagram and you should update it. It should be noted that the filters for Instagram are available from version 10.21 of the application.

So the first thing you should do is check what version of Android your phone has or if it is an iPhone what version of iOS it has.

If you have already checked the version of your phone’s operating system, and you could see that this version is available for filters, then, as we have already mentioned, the problem is in the version of the application.

To check which version of Instagram you have is very simple and you just have to follow these steps:

From an Android:

To check the version of an application, in this case Instagram, the first thing you should do is:

  1. Go to the settings of your phone.
  2. Once in adjustment, locate the applications section and click on it.
  3. Then a list will appear with all the applications on the phone.
  4. Find the one on Instagram and click on it.
  5. There you can see how much the application weighs the option to uninstall and also the version that it has.

If you see that the version of Instagram is lower than 10.21 then you must update and to do this, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Play Store on your phone and click on it.
  2. In the search bar write Instagram.
  3. When it appears you will see a button that says update, just click on itand ready the update will start immediately.

From an iPhone:

If you are going to check the version of Instagram and you have an iPhone to do it, it is very similar to the previous one and you must follow these steps:

  1. Find the setting or configuration option.
  2. Then locate where it says applications.
  3. Once there you can see all the applications you have on your iPhone.
  4. You must search Instagram to make it faster you can type it in the search bar.
  5. Below you can see the version that this application has.

If the application has a very old version then you must update it and to do so follow these steps:

  1. Head over to the App Store.
  2. Once there, you must search for
  3. Then just click on update.

Could your phone have no internal space?

The problem that many filters do not come out may be due to the little storage space on your phone, so to solve it is very simple you just have to free up the space on your phone, you can choose to delete photos, videos, applications that you use between other things.

Something we recommend is that when it comes to deleting files from your phone , make a backup copy, whether for the phone they are Android or iOS operating system.

There is too much cache of this application on the device

As we already know, each application has its own cache memory and many times it fills up and we don’t even notice it. So if the cache is full, it may be the cause of noticing the Instagram filters and therefore you must delete said memory, to do so is very simple:

  1. Go to your phone’s settings.
  2. Then locate the applications section.
  3. Click on Instagram.
  4. There you will see various options such as uninstalling, click on clear cache memory. 

How do the permissions affect the operation of Instagram?

Many times there are applications to which you must accept some permissions, to use tools such as the microphone, contacts and many others. If the permissions are not activated, this may be the reason why the filters do not appear on Instagram to know if the permissions are accepted, follow these steps:

  1. As in the previous part, go to the settings.
  2. Then in applications.
  3. Locate Instagram and click on it.
  4. Again you will see various options click on permissions.
  5. Finally verify that the permissions are activated.

Phone glitches preventing Instagram stories from showing

Finally, if with all of the above, the filters still do not appear on Instagram, try uninstalling and reinstalling the application, and if it still does not work then the problem may be a failure on your device then the best thing would be to reset the phone from factory.

How to use the filters that Instagram offers its users?

If you are new to Instagram and you do not know how to use the filters it offers to do so, it is not so complicated here we will leave you so you can use these filters.

Filters in stories, how to activate them?

To use Instagram filters and make your photo look much prettier, you just have to go to the Instagram application on your phone. Once there, just slide the screen to the left to go to the history section. You can also click on the circle that says your story this appears on the home screen, once in the stories section choose a photo and then when you start editing, just swipe to the left and you can see the different filters offered on Instagram.

How are filters added before taking the photo on Instagram?

Filters on Instagram have a small disadvantage, and that is that they cannot be placed before taking a photo instead with the effects if you can. So to add a filter you must first take the photo and then slide to the left to select the filter of your choice.

As we mentioned in the previous part, there are filters that you can find in the effects catalog, these if you can add them before taking the picture.

How do you put a filter on an existing photo on Instagram?

If you have a photo in your gallery and you want to put an Instagram filter on it. To do this, it is very simple, the first thing you should do is go to the history section. Once there, look for the photo you want to place the filter on, once the photo has been selected, just swipe to the left of the screen and do it until you find the filter you like. 

Can you use a filter seen on someone else’s photo?

Another disadvantage of filters is that if you see a photo of a person and that photo has a filter , you cannot steal the filter, you will have to search for it manually.

In the case of effects, as there are so many so that your search is faster if you can do it, if the person put a story with a filter, but I take it from the effects catalog, you can also use it and to do this, follow these steps:

  1. In the person’s story, in the upper left you can see the name of the person who uploads the photo.
  2. Just below that name you will get the name of the effect in this case filter that the person used for their story, and to use it you just have to click on it.
  3. The camera will automatically come out with the filter, just wait for it to adapt to your face and then capture the photo.
  4. That’s how easy it is to use the filter you see in someone else’s photo.
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