Memoji and AR filters for any device

Get Memojis and Animojis on any device!

As part of our Book week 2021 we are creating some video content for our students for a Masked Reader activity. This is inspired by the television show, The Masked Singer, where famous people sing songs wearing a mask or are somehow made unrecognizable.

Thankfully with the advent of technology and face tracking, we don’t have to own dozens of mask at home to get started. If you do, great! You can start recording your video now, however for those amongst us who do not have a personal collection of fancy dress masks lying around at home here are some options you can use to create this effect. I’ve organized them in 4 groups of available hardware so you can find the one that works best for you.

iPhone or iPad, iOS & Android, Pc or Mac, Samsung

How to use Memoji/Animoji

This one is perfect for Apple devices running iOS 12 and later, and iPadOS. Sadly this will only work for these selected Apple devices.

iPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone XS MaxiPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
iPhone 12 ProiPhone XSiPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
iPhone 12 miniiPhone XRiPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
iPhone 12iPhone XiPad Pro 11-inch
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11
Supported Devices for Memoji/Animoji

These Animoji and Memoji video are great fun and you’ve probably seen many floating around the Internet or on YouTube as demonstrational video. They mask the users face and completely replace this using a predefined or set character. Perfect for this activity!

Start by locating the messages app and open a new message. Make sure you add yourself a the recipient of this message.

Add your own number to Messages app

Select the Memoji or Animoji option at the bottom of your message window. Select the Memoji you would like to use and start recording your message (Record up to 30 sec of video) when finished press send.

Record and send Animoji to yourself

Once you’ve received the Memoji in your messages inbox, go ahead and tap it once. This will open the Memoji in full screen and you will have some addition options in the bottom left corner.

Tap this to get access to saving the file. Once saved you can email this file or save it on cloud storage, or upload to YouTube.

Save the Animoji

Enjoy you Memoji’s online or in any other app of your choice.

How to use SnapChat Filter

Snapchat is probably one of the best know camera apps that utilizes these type of filters. And it works across both iOS and Android.

First step is to make sure you have Snapchat installed. Once installed open the application and make sure it has access to your camera.

Snapchat on Android

Now you can find the filter button at the bottom and ay around with the differnet options.

Record a video with filter on SnapChat

In order to record a video press and hold the circle shaped button. This will record your Snap video. The last step is to download this file to your device so you can use it. Tap the download button.

How to use Snap Camera

If you are looking to add some fun on your Windows PC or Mac, then Snap Camera is the way to go! Simply navigate to their website and select the relevant download by clicking on the download button.

Download Snap Camera
Navigate to the Snap Camera website:

Here you will need to read the agreement and except the terms of service, as well as give your email address tin order to download the software.

License agreement Snap Camera
Read and agree to the terms of services.

When you have downloaded and installed the software, it will open and you can start exploring the many different filters. These can be uses in any program including those that record video by selecting the snap camera as your camera source.

Snap Camera Filters and effects
Snap Camera filters

Once you have finished using the effects, select your regular camera source or close the Snap Camera program to return to normal.

Here’s an older video I’ve made on using the Snap camera for effects.

How to use Samsung AR Emoji

This will work on your Samsung phones Galaxy S9 and newer, Note 9 and newer, as well as in a limited capacity on the S8. The Samsung AR Emoji is very similar to the above mentioned filters and is built-into the camera app for select Samsung devices.

First open up the camera app and swipe to the left to find the more options. Here you will need to select the AR Zone at the top.

Select the Camera and choose more settings

The AR zone has a number of options, and the one we are looking for is the AR Emoji option. Tap this and select one of the available options at the bottom. Alternatively, you can create your own using the plus icon as shown here.

Choose the AR Emoji option in the AR Zone

The camera will take a phot and do its best to interpret what it sees and create a digital Emoji version of you. Once the scan has been completed, you can finetune the design by changing all features such as eyes, ears, and more!

Generate the AR Emoji on Samsung

After everything is set up, long press and hold the record button to record your video. This will be stored in your camera roll and you can share it just as you would any other video or photo.

Example of AR Emoji on Samsung

I hope you found these tips useful and can’t wait to see the many different masks and fun videos you come up with! After all this, now that you’ve tried the memojis and effects, have even more fun with filter and effects. Check out this post on how you can apply filters and effects to your Zoom Meetings.


  1. This article not only expanded my knowledge but also sparked my creativity by opening up new possibilities for personal expression. I’m grateful for the author’s dedication in sharing this valuable information, empowering users to explore the world of Memoji and AR filters regardless of their device. Keep up the excellent work!

    • Thank you for taking the time and leaving a comment. I’m happy to hear that you have gained some new ideas you might use in you own practice and hope some of the other article might do the same.

  2. I particularly appreciated the author’s step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow explanations, which made it simple for me to try out these features myself. Overall, a great read that left me feeling inspired to get creative with my own digital content!

    • Thank you! Really appreciate reading that. I was hoping to piece together an easy to use article that enable everyone to have a go at integrating this into their lessons and meetings. Great to hear it was helpful and clear.

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