Snapchat's New Gender Swap Filter Will Make You Question Your Identity: How to Get the Male to Female Filter

Snapchat has a new gender swapping filter that's taking the internet by storm. Find out how to get and use Snapchat's boy and girl filters, here.

Over the years Snapchat has become known for its wild and crazy photo filters. Despite copycat features in other social media apps like Instagram and TikTok, the company continues to crank out fun new ways to alter one's appearance online. This week, however, Snapchat devs have outdone themselves, bringing users two new gender-swapping filters that will literally challenge everything you thought you knew about yourself.

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On the surface, the pair of filters isn't really all that different from the hundreds of makeup or mustache filters we've seen on the app before, but there are some slight tweaks made to the filters that will literally transform the manliest of men into a beautiful princess. Meanwhile, prom queens may be dismayed to discover, they'd actually make a pretty handsome dude.

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So how do these male-to-female filters work? If you chose the male filter, it will take you face and make it boxy, with a chiseled jaw. It widens your neck and adds facial hair If you have long hair, the filter will photoshop out most all of it but for the best effect, you should pull it back. Meanwhile, for a boy to girl change, the filter softens the entire appearance, slims and contours the face, giving you a pointy chin. It makes the eyes larger, applies makeup, elongates the eyelashes and shapes the eyebrows. While the results on females basically look like every Snapchat makeup filter, on men it is truly transformative.

The internet, of course, has latched on to the new filters and social media is filling with people's wild and crazy before and after photos — even Game of Thrones characters have been gender-swapped for some truly mind-blowing results.

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How To Get and Use Snapchat's Gender Changing Boy and Girl Filters

If Snapchat's new gender-changing filters have you curious, you can try them out now yourself. Here's how to do it:

  • If you don't have Snapchat installed on your mobile device, download it and create an account.
  • Once you have your account, make sure to allow filters in Snapchat settings.
  • When you open Snapchat it should automatically go to the picture-taking screen.
  • Position your face in the camera and tap on the smiling face icon at the bottom of the screen. A group of icons should appear. Swipe through them to try different filters. The first two should be the male or female filters.
  • Once you select a filter, look straight into the camera and wait for the transformation.
  • Snapchat Filter Not Working? If the gender changing filters aren't working for you, here are some things to try:
    • Enable Filters - do this by tapping on your account icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Next tap on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Scroll down to Additional Services and tap on "Manage." Toggle on the Filters.
    • Change Position - Make sure you are in a place with good lighting and look directly into the camera so it can register your face.
    • Update Phone and App - sometimes certain app features won't work if a phone is not running the latest firmware or software. Check if the app or your phone needs an update. If so, this may be the issue.
    • Android Devices - some users are reporting that the boy/girl filters don't appear on their device or there is a lot of lag. Older devices and devices not running the latest Android firmware are most likely to experience these issues.

Twitter Reacts To Snapchat Gender Swap Filters

Here are some of the best swaps we've seen posted on social media.

Ive never seen the new #snapchatfilter face filter used so greatly. ⁦@lizzybagdasarr⁩

— Daniel Bagdasar (@DBagdasar) May 13, 2019

The lads have been having fun with the new Snapchat filter! 😂

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Guess Who? 🤷‍♂️

— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 13, 2019

omg this snapchat filter 😂

— Derek♡ (@bunni_owo) May 14, 2019

people keep telling me my gf and i look alike and also that she’s not real and just a Snapchat filter of me as a girl, I don’t really see it though haha

— cody 🦝 (@CdyRnkn) May 11, 2019

Fact: The Snapchat Filter works on Dwight @kfcradio (Via IG/grub_guru)

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 13, 2019

Snapchat's new 'gender swap' filter is taking social media by storm... we tried it on Alan 👀


— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) May 14, 2019

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