iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey feature portrait mode and audio effects for FaceTime video calls.
iOS 15’s Portrait mode for FaceTime is a seamless way to blur the background while keeping yourself in focus. It works similarly to the portrait effect in the camera app on iPhone and iPad.
Using Portrait mode, you can seek attention to your face and body while adding background blur to the rest of the frame. Besides FaceTime, these effects seem to work with third-party apps too, like Snapchat.
How to use iOS 15’s Portrait mode in Snapchat
Portrait mode on Snapchat in iOS 15 doesn’t work out of the box, and neither you will find a setting to enable it within the app. Also, note that the portrait effect only works while using the front camera.
To enable portrait mode on Snapchat in iOS 15, follow the steps below.
- Make sure you are running iOS 15 and have the latest version of Snapchat.
- Open Snapchat and tap the Camera tab (in the bottom center).
- Swipe down from the top right to open the Control Center.
- Tap the “Effects” panel at the top and then tap the “Portrait” setting to turn on portrait mode in Snapchat. The Portrait mode icon will change to blue when it’s enabled.
- Go back to the Snapchat app and capture a photo or record a video to post to your story or save to the camera roll.
In addition to video effects, tap the “Mic Mode” panel to apply audio effects to Snapchat video calls. While the default option is Standard, you can either choose Voice Isolation or Wide Spectrum as the audio effect.
How to turn off Portrait mode on Snapchat in iOS 15
How can I turn portrait mode off on Snapchat?
The portrait effect on Snapchat in iOS 15 isn’t turned on by default. In case you have accidentally enabled it and want to get rid of the blur on Snapchat then that’s possible.
To remove portrait mode from Snapchat on iPhone running iOS 15,
- Open the Snapchat app and head to the camera screen.
- Go to the Control Center by swiping down the top-right corner of the screen.
- Tap the “Effects” panel and then tap the blue Portrait mode icon. The ‘Portrait On’ text will change to ‘Portrait Off’, implying that the portrait effect is disabled.
That’s it. Now head back to Snapchat and capture photos or videos without any background blur.
How to turn Focus mode on or off in Snapchat
The Snapchat app also packs a Focus mode to apply the bokeh effect and it works both with the front as well as the rear camera.
Although, Portrait mode (in iOS 15) gives relatively better results than the native Focus effect in Snapchat. That said if your iPhone doesn’t support iOS 15 then you can instead use Snapchat’s Focus mode.
To enable Focus mode on Snapchat,
- Open the Snapchat app and navigate to the camera or viewfinder tab.
- Tap the + button at the end of the effects and tools bar on the upper-right side.
- Swipe up the ‘My Camera‘ section to see its contents.
- Select the “Focus” option to turn it on. The background blur effect would instantly apply to your captures.
- Similarly, tap “Focus: on” in the tools column to disable the Focus effect in Snapchat.
Refer to the screenshot below to toggle the Focus effect on older versions of Snapchat.