How to Use Snapchat Lens Explorer Discovery Tool

Good news, Snapchat users will be able to discover and unlock thousands of Lenses built by the Snapchat community around the world using the new Lens Explorer feature.

From here you can learn how to use Snapchat Lens Explorer Discovery Tool: Lens Explorer can be invoked by tapping the new icon that appears when the Lens Carousel is active.

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Snapchat Lens Explorer Discovery Tool – Where to find it?

Snapchat has added a smiley-face icon that appears when the lens carousel is active that users can tap to unlock a lens and be taken to the snap camera to put it to use. They can also browse lenses in featured stories and unlock them by swiping up.

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Explaining how to select Lenses, Snap said:

“Tap a Lens tile to unlock a Lens and be taken directly to the Snap Camera, or browse Lenses in featured Stories. Unlock a Lens by swiping up on Snaps in these Stories.”

Since Snapchat unveiled its Lens Studio last December, more than 100,000 unique Lenses have been submitted, and those Lenses have been viewed on the messaging application more than 2.5 billion times.

What to expect?

There are a number of options to explore from once you tap the smiley-face icon that appears when the lens carousel is active.
You will see community lens stories; which are basically stories of people using a specific lens. You can also use that lens and add to the story!

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Below the stories, you will find categories of different lenses. The variety is huge! You can spend hours trying out these lenses. Yup, it is very addictive.
And the good news is that there are lenses for everyone. From trending topics like Halloween to the usual birthday, wedding, beauty, crazy eyes and many more lenses.

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Is it available for everyone?

Yes, this feature is available for everyone. Make sure to update your Snapchat for Android and iOS. You can check it from the Apple app store and Google Play Store if you have any pending update. On Android, if you haven’t received it, the reason behind will be that the latest update for the app is not available for you just yet. So, wait for it, or download manually from trusted website.

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The move comes as Snapchat aims to make its platform more appealing to influencers who in turn draw more users. Making user-generated lenses more widely discoverable will encourage more creators to see Snapchat as a creative tool and outlet.

If you’re interested in creating your own Lenses, be sure to check out Lens Studio which, by now, has had several months to mature a bit. Lens Studio is free to download, and it can run on Windows and Mac.

Are you ready to try it out?

So now you know how to use Snapchat Lens Explorer Discovery Tool. Sit back, try out some lenses and share it with your friends!