How to Search for and Use Instagram Filters on iPhone and Android [3 Easiest Methods]

This post is a complete guide that contains instructions for searching for Instagram filters on iPhone and Android phones, so you can use filters from Instagram’s library or somebody else.

Thursday October 27, 2022 5:01 PM PDT by Karen Greene
How to Search Filters on Instagram

How to Search Filters on Instagram

Actually, the saying “Instagram isn’t real” has another meaning than “you should stop comparing yourself to the people you follow”, which is Instagram filters will make your photos and videos visually unreal – mostly in a good way.

It goes without saying that a proper Instagram filter is a must-have for every single one of the photos you intend to upload and share, and AR filters can always make your video content shiny. Know that Instagram filters are great, but how can we get new Instagram filters?

In this post, we’ll talk about how to search for new Instagram filters. The processes of searching for Instagram filters on iPhones and Android phones are generally the same, so this guide will give concluding tutorials for both devices. Now jump to the needed section and get started!

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Method 1. Search for New Instagram Filters from Effects Gallery

Since Instagram has an inbuilt filter library called Effects Gallery, the most effective method of searching for new Instagram Filters is using the Effects Gallery.

Learn from the steps below to search filters in Effects Gallery. If you need to add Instagram filters to photos in your camera roll, please check our guide on how to add Instagram filters to existing photos.

Step 1. Go to the Instagram Camera

Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone, and swipe right from the home screen to enter the Instagram camera screen.

Launch the Instagram App

Launch the Instagram App

Step 2. Go to the Effects Gallery

From the Instagram camera screen, find the lower filter panel with the Snap button. Scroll on the filter panel all the way to the right and you’ll find a button with a magnifying glass. Tap on it to go to the Effects Gallery.

Go to Effects Gallery

Go to Effects Gallery

Step 3. Browse or Search for Filters

From the Effects Gallery, you can either scroll and browse for popular filters from given categories (Following, Instagram, Selfies, Love, Colors, etc.) or tap on the upper-right search button to search for the desired Instagram filter.

Browse and Search for Filters

Browse and Search for Filters

Method 2. Search for New Instagram Filters from Friends

Occasionally you’ve seen an amazing picture from your friend’s Instagram account and you don’t think that’s any of the Instagram filters you have, then you can try this method to borrow Instagram filters from your friends.

Use Instagram Filters from Friends

Use Instagram Filters from Friends

Doing so doesn’t require the permission of your friends, so let’s surprise them!

Step 1. Find the Instagram story with the filter you want from your friend’s profile

Step 2. Hit to open the Instagram story of your friend.

Step 3. Tap on the name of the filter from the lower side of the screen.

Step 4. From the pop-up window, hit Try it to try the Instagram filter right away, or hit the Save Effects button to save it to your camera.

Method 3. Search for New Instagram Filters from Other Creators

If you are looking for high-quality filters, don’t forget to check out the creators you follow (or not). To get started, find an Instagram creator with the filter you want.

Don’t have anything in mind? Most popular fashion/beauty/lifestyle Instagram influencers are very likely to have some quality filters you can make good use of.

Save Filters from Other Creators

Save Filters from Other Creators

Step 1. Once again, open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.

Step 2. Go to the Instagram creator’s profile screen.

Step 3. Tap on a button with a smiley face to enter the filters section.

Step 4. From the creator’s filter collection, tap to open one that you like.

Step 5. Hit the lower save button to save the creator’s filter to your own camera.

How to Save and Download an Instagram Filter to Instagram Camera?

So now that we’ve learned how we can search for filters on Instagram and save them to Instagram stories, you may start wondering, is it possible to save and download an Instagram filter to your Instagram camera?

The thing is, it is possible and actually quite easy.

Save Filters to Your Instagram Camera

Save Filters to Your Instagram Camera

Step 1. Open the Instagram app.

Step 2. Use the introduced method above to find the screen with the preferred Instagram filter.

Step 3. Click to open the filter you intend to download.

Step 4. Hit the lower-right Download button to save the filter to your camera.

Step 5. You’ll know you’ve done it right once you see the message saying ‘Saved to Camera’.

Step 6. The saved filter can be found in the filter panel on your Instagram camera screen.

Save and Download Filter to Instagram Camera

How to Search for Instagram Filters: FAQs

Can I make my own Instagram filters?

Yes, now you can make your own Instagram AR filters with Spark AR Studio, the desktop application, and Instagram filter maker. And if other people save it to their Instagram camera, they will see your name of you when applying the filter.

How to search for filters on Instagram on an iPhone?

There are three fastest and easiest ways to search for filters on Instagram on iPhone: search in Effects Gallery, borrow from your friends, and use other creators. The detailed steps can be found in this complete guide.

How can I find filters on Instagram on an Android device?

To search for Instagram filters on Android phones, it’s similar to what we did with iPhones: search in Effects Gallery, borrow from your friends, and use filters from other creators. You can consult the steps in this article for details.


It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any filters on your Instagram camera. With the detailed instructions in this post, I believe it will no longer be trouble for you to get the Instagram filters you need.

Using filters from other people is a common practice among the Instagram community, so follow the tutorial and get started right now!


Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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