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Hidden Filters and Effects on Instagram Stories: Here's How to Find It                             Don't the effects of the Instagram Stories everyone is using appear to you? Don't worry, AppGeek helps you find the “hidden” filters and keep out of any …

The effects of the Instagram Stories that everyone is using don't come to you. No worries, AppGeek helps you find hidden filters and stay out of any trend.

There are two native ways to get these filters: stealing from anyone using them or using the search tool. Here's how to use both methods.

How to find and use effects on Instagram

To perform the procedures below, you must have the Instagram app installed on your Android or iOS mobile device.

How to search for filters in Instagram Stories

1. Open Instagram and tap the camera icon in the upper left corner of the screen to open Stories;

Instagram stories effects

2. To access the filters feature, go to the icon of a smiley face;

3 Filters saved to Instagram will be displayed. Drag the gallery from right to left to the bottom where you see the item Search for more effects. Tap on it to access the search screen;

4 At Effects Gallery, filters are divided by themes, such as those created by people following, those developed by Instagram, and those made by users. Among the themes are Humor Styles, Spirit States, Causes, Events and much more. Go to the tab you want;

5 If you find a filter you like, tap on it to see it in full screen;

Instagram stories effects

6 If you want to save without testing, tap the down arrow icon;

7 If you prefer to test immediately, go to To experiment. You will be directed to the Stories publishing screen. This option also saves the filter.

Then just make the video or photo by tapping the center button and sharing with friends on Your story.

How to catch the effect of a friend

Did you see that your friend is using a cool filter that doesn't appear on your effects list? Know that you can catch them quickly and simply.

1. Open Instagram and tap the story of the person using the filter you want to view it;

instagram effects

2. Note that the filter name will be available at the top of the screen. Tap on it;

3 At the bottom of the screen, an option box appears. If you choose to Save to camera, the effect will be stored directly with others already available in your Instagram account;

Instagram effects

4 If you choose To experimentYou will be directed to the Stories publishing screen where you can test the filter right away. This option also saves the filter.

Then just make the video or photo by tapping the center button and sharing with friends on Your story.

How to find different effects to use in Instagram Stories

For those who want to stand out and use effects that almost no one has in Stories, you can resort to third party applications. These apps also offer augmented reality filters for transforming videos and photos.



Kwai is a video editor, available for Android and iOS, that applies effects both at the time and after recording. In the app, filters are divided into categories such as News, Top, Music, Comedy, Make up, etc.

In addition, there are beautification features, changing video speed, ability to include soundtrack, among others. That is, the user can create super creative and totally different movies than seen on Instagram.

Once the process is over, the app lets you post videos directly to WhatsApp Status, Instagram and Facebook Stories, among other platforms.

See also 7 best free video editors for mobile!



Snapchat is the precursor to apps that offer augmented reality filters. It is responsible for viralizing effects such as the tongue-in-the-tongue puppy, which turns the person into a baby and the exchange of two-person faces (face swap).

The company presents high quality fillters that are always renewing themselves. So if you want something different, make a snap It may be a good option.

Then just save the video or photo to your mobile gallery and share it through Instagram Stories.



FaceApp became famous for its aging filter, which turned anyone into its old version in seconds. Available for Android and iOS, the program has a host of other amazing effects, including rejuvenation.

The app lets you know your version in the opposite genre, hairstyle change, hair color, put on glasses, makeup and more. There are even features to make collages and GIFs with the photos that resulted from the transformations achieved in the app.

See more amazing app options that will get you old in photos!

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Taysa Coelho

Journalist graduated from UFRJ, writes about technology for seven years. Carioca currently lives in Portugal, the country he adopted. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, watching movies, and doing series marathons. Instagram is her favorite social network, but WhatsApp saves her from missing those who stayed in Brazil.