Whether you’re meeting in Google Meet, Zoom or Microsoft Teams, the Snap Camera app lets you use all the known filters to make yourself look different. We show you how it works.
Snap Camera: filters during video calling
A virtual cat sitting on your head, tying a tie around your forehead, or transforming yourself into a giant banana: they’re all filters that will be familiar to Snapchat veterans. All of these filters are now making their way to your Mac with the Snap Camera app, a free app from the makers of Snapchat.
At the touch of a button you can equip your head with all kinds of accessories during video calling, or even change the entire screen. Note: You need a Mac with macOS 10.13 or later to use the app. The app is also available for Windows. During testing, the app did not work properly in Safari, but it did in Google Chrome.
This is how you set up Snap Camera
- Download the app from the Snap Camera website ( link);
- Briefly close all apps that you use for video calling;
- Wait for the installation to complete and open the Snap Camera app;
- Now open the app in which you are meeting (for example Google Meet);
- Go to the camera settings and change your camera to ‘Snap Camera’.
As soon as you have adjusted the camera from your own webcam to Snap Camera in your meeting app, you can select filters via the accompanying app. These will then automatically appear on your face in the app where you are currently video calling.
If you don’t want to use Snap Camera anymore, go back to the settings and choose your webcam again from the list of available devices. As mentioned, the app was created and released by Snapchat itself. Nevertheless, we recommend that you only use the app if you actually use the filters. During important or private conversations, it is smart to simply choose your Mac’s default camera for privacy.
Everything about video calling and working from home
In the past year we have worked from home more than ever, especially for that we have written a number of extensive tips and articles to help you with this. For example, we help you get started with our Microsoft Teams beginners guide and Zoom beginners guide and we wrote the tips below: