Snapchat | How to slow down a video

Some of the best Snapchat filters and effects also happen to be the oldest. Such is the case with the slow motion effect, which allows you to slow down videos for clarity or for comedic effect. Thankfully, learning how to slow down a video on Snapchat is as easy as can be. Here’s what you need to know.

How to slow down a video on Snapchat

How to slow down a video on Snapchat - Slow motion effect

To slow down a video in Snapchat, you simply need to apply the slow motion effect. First record your video, then swipe left until the snail icon appears. Your video will then play back at slow speed. Note that you can only slow down Snapchat videos less than 10 seconds in length.

This is one of the more misunderstood effects in Snapchat, mainly because of the length requirement. Any video that exceeds 10 seconds in length cannot be put into slow motion. That’s one full rotation of the red ring around the record button. The same is true for the filter that speeds up video. However, the resulting video will wind up being longer than 10 seconds in playback due to the slow motion effect. It can be a little confusing.

Still, the process is incredibly simple. The slow motion effect as well as Snapchat’s reverse video feature are two effects that are always available. To reach them, you only need to swipe left after recording a video. You’ll typically have to cycle through four different color filters to find it; the snail icon is the first immediately following the black-and-white filter.

Curious to learn more about other Snapchat features? Here’s how to get the popular No Beard filter, which made its way from Snap onto TikTok. We’ve also got details on why Snap keeps saying opened just now, and tips on how to create your very own filters.