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How to Turn Off Snap Camera Filters

Don’t get stuck like a potato, learn the various ways to turn off Snap Camera lenses and effects

Snap Camera from Snapchat is a brilliant application that lets you use a plethora of face filters and backgrounds on your PC on several video chat applications. You can use Snap camera in Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, and many more applications to make your video calls fun.

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But sometimes you just wanted to try a filter for fun, but end up getting stuck with it throughout the meeting. Trust us, you can get stuck like a potato during a meeting and become a meme! It happens, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. If you ever find yourself in such a situation, you can quickly turn off the Snap Camera filter.

Turn Off Snap Camera from the Taskbar

When you are in the video call and have a snap camera filter selected in Snap Camera, the quick way to remove the filter is to turn it off from the Taskbar without even having to switch apps.

Find the Snap Camera icon on the right side of the Taskbar at the bottom of your screen. The icon would be a camera lens with 2 concentric circles. If it is not on the Taskbar, it will be in the System tray. Click on the arrow on the Taskbar to expand the tray.

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Then, right-click on the Snap Camera icon and select the ‘Turn Off’ option from the menu to turn off the filter. Your video feed will continue to appear without the filters through the virtual Snap Camera in your video conference app. No need to switch the camera input device.


Turn Off the Filter from the Snap Camera App

You can also turn off the filter from the Snap camera app itself if the app is open in the background. If the app is not open, the first option would be the quickest way to do it.

Maximize the Snap Camera app on your desktop, and then click on the selected filter to deselect it. The selected filter will appear highlighted with a blue outline. Deselecting it will turn off the filter, and the video will appear without any filters in the video chat app.


Set a Keyboard shortcut to Turn Off Snap Camera

If you often use Snap Camera, it might want to set a keyboard shortcut to quickly turn on and off Snap Camera filters without leaving the video chat.

To set a keyboard shortcut, open the Snap camera app on your computer and click the ‘Settings’ gear icon at the top-right corner of the app.

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On the Snap Camera settings screen, scroll down until you see the ‘Hotkeys’ section. Then, click on the ‘Add Hotkey’ button next to the ‘Turn Lens On/Off’ label.

Once the field area is highlighted with a blue border. Enter the keyboard shortcut you’d like to set to toggle Snap Camera filters On/Off. We are using Ctrl + Shift + F but you’re free to set any combination of keys as the Hotkey. Click the ‘Save’ button after setting the keyboard shortcut.

Now, you can use the keyboard shortcut to quickly turn on/off Snap Camera filters in any video conferencing app.


When you have the Snap Camera selected as your camera option in a video application, instead of switching back and forth between the Snap Camera and your device camera, quickly turn off the Snap Camera filter instead. The filter will be removed from the video when you turn off the Snap Camera and your normal camera stream would appear instead.