Snap Brings Its AR Lenses to Chrome via Extension


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Snap once had a desktop camera app featuring AR filters but discontinued it last year. Now, the company is bringing AR lenses to the desktop in a different way—via a Google Chrome extension.

The Snapchat Camera for Chrome enables AR lenses directly on your webcam. You can use these lenses for video calls, live streaming, and recordings.

Unlike the previous desktop app, you must log in with your Snapchat account to use the lenses. You can also use any custom lenses you create.


Bringing lenses to Chrome will offer more flexibility, although they have yet to disappear entirely from the desktop. Microsoft Teams started using filters last year.

AR lenses have long been a core part of Snapchat’s identity. They are one of the key features that helped the app stand out alongside its early selling point of ephemeral visual messaging. Therefore, it makes sense for Snap to leverage them in many areas.


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