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How to Get The Time Warp Scan on TikTok

If you’ve been scrolling through your For You Page (FYP) on TikTok, you might have come across multiple videos with the time warp scan/blue line filter.

The time warp scan is a popular filter in late 2020 (Sep, Oct, Nov, and Dec).

People use it for many creative things such as changing their facial features or extending their body parts.

The most popular videos incorporating the time warp scan filter has millions of views.

TikTok is all about hopping on the latest trends to skyrocket your views.

So when a trend like the time warp scan rises in popularity, it’s a great idea to try it out.

However, if you’re looking to try it, you might not be able to find it on TikTok.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to get the time warp scan filter/effect on TikTok in 3 easy steps (with pictures).

  1. How to get the Time Warp Scan on TikTok
  2. How to get the Time Warp Scan on Instagram
  3. What is the filter with the blue line?
  4. How do you get the blue line filter on TikTok?
  5. How do I get the time warp scan without TikTok?

How to get the Time Warp Scan on TikTok

As of September 15th, 2020, the time warp scan effect has been released on TikTok.

To get the time warp scan on TikTok, open TikTok, search for “Time warp scan” and tap on the first effect.

Lastly, tap on the record button and record a video using the effect.

Alternatively, you can get the effect on Instagram.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how you can get the time warp scan effect on the TikTok app.

Step #1: Open TikTok and search for “Time warp scan”

How to Get The Time Warp Scan on TikTok

Open TikTok > search for “Time warp scan” > tap on the effect.

Firstly, open the TikTok app on your mobile device.

Once you’re on the app, tap on the search icon on the bottom navigation bar.

Then, tap on the search bar and search for “Time warp scan”.

On the first search result, you’ll see a header that says “Effects”.

Under “Effects”, you’ll see the time warp scan effect.

Tap on the effect to see its details (e.g. all the videos that are filmed using it).

In the next step, you’ll have to record a video with the effect.

Step #2: Record a video with the effect

How to use the time warp scan effect

Hit the record button to start recording a video with the effect.

You can change the direction of the blue line by tapping on the screen before you hit the record button.

Once you’re on the time warp scan effect, tap on the record button, and start recording.

You can change the position of the blue line by tapping on your screen before recording.

For instance, if the blue line is horizontal, tap your screen to change it to a vertical line.

On the other hand, if the blue line is vertical, tap your screen to change it to a horizontal line.

After you’ve changed the position of the line, hit the red circle to record a video.

As the blue line passes, it’ll film whatever’s next on the frame.

After you’re done recording, upload the video on TikTok and you’re done!

How to get the Time Warp Scan on Instagram

To get the time warp scan on Instagram, you’ll have to find it on the Instagram camera via “Browse Effects”.

Some of the effects and filters you see on TikTok videos are from external apps like Instagram or Snapchat.

Before the time warp scan was released on TikTok, it can only be used on Instagram.

For example, users will first film their video on Instagram using a filter there and save it to their camera roll.

Then, they’ll proceed to edit and upload the video on TikTok.

This is because the effects and filters on TikTok are limited.

Apps like Instagram and Snapchat have far more effects and filters as compared to other social media apps.

This is because users can create their own effects and filters.

On Snapchat, users can create their own filters and lenses.

Then, they can submit it via the Snapchat Create URL.

On the other hand, Instagram users can create and publish an effect via Spark AR and augmented reality software.

Here’s how you can get the time warp scan effect on Instagram.

Step #1: Open Instagram, swipe left, and go to “Browse Effects”

Instagram browse effects

Open Instagram > swipe left > scroll to the extreme right of the effects > “Browse effects”.

Firstly, open the Instagram app on your mobile device.

Once you’re on Instagram, go to the home feed and swipe left to open the camera.

Alternatively, you can tap on the “+” icon on your profile picture.

After the camera is opened, scroll to the extreme right of the filters/effects until you see the “Browse effects” icon.

Tap on the “Browse effects” icon to browse effects that are made by other people.

In the next step, you’ll have to search for the time warp scan filter.

Step #2: Search for “Time Warp Scan” and use it

How to Get The Time Warp Scan on Instagram

Tap on the second effect (by asepxxi) and record a video with it.

After you’ve tapped on the “Browse Effects” icon, you’ll land on the Effect gallery.

On the effect galley, tap on the search icon on the top navigation bar.

Then, search for “Time warp scan”.

After you’ve searched for “Time warp scan”, you’ll see a ton of similar effects.

Tap on the second effect on the grid (the one by asepxxi).

In the last step, you’ll have to record the video using the effect, save it, and upload it on TikTok.

Step #3: Save the video and upload it on TikTok

Instagram save story

Tap on the save icon to save the video to your camera roll > upload it on TikTok.

After you’ve recorded the video, tap on the save icon at the top of your screen.

This will save the video to your camera roll.

Lastly, go to TikTok and upload the video that you’ve just saved with the effect.

Congrats, you’ve successfully got the time warp scan filter on Instagram and uploaded it on TikTok.

What is the filter with the blue line?

The filter with the blue line is called the time warp scan effect.

The time warp scan effect is a blue line that passes across your screen (either horizontally or vertically).

When the blue line passes, it’ll film whatever’s next on the frame which creates a wrapped effect.

The effect rose to popularity in late 2020 where a lot of TikTok users used it in their videos.

Videos that have the #TimeWarpScan hashtag has garnered over 16.8 billion views.

How do you get the blue line filter on TikTok?

To get the blue line filter on TikTok, open TikTok, tap on the search icon on the bottom navigation bar, then search for “Time warp scan”.

Next, tap on the effect that says “Time warp scan” under “Effects”.

Lastly, tap on “Add to favorites” to add the effect to your favorites so you can easily access it.

How do I get the time warp scan without TikTok?

To get the time warp scan without TikTok, go to the effect gallery on Instagram and search for the effect there.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can get time warp scan without TikTok:

  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Swipe left to open Instagram’s camera.
  3. Scroll to the extreme right of the filters and select “Browse effects”.
  4. Search for “Time warp scan”.
  5. Tap on the second camera effect (by asepxxi).

You’ve successfully got the effect without TikTok.

Conclusion

There are a ton of effects on Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

An example of an effect is the time warp scan effect which is one of the most popular effects on TikTok in late 2020.

If you’re running out of content ideas, you can record a video using effects.

There are a couple of advantages to this.

Firstly, if an effect is trending, you can easily garner a ton of views if you utilize it.

Secondly, you can get inspiration from existing videos that have used the effect and make your own version out of it.

You can stay updated with the latest trends in the “Discover” section of TikTok.

Further Reading

How to Change Your Voice on TikTok

How to Change Your “For You” Page (FYP) on TikTok

What Does #xyzbca Mean on TikTok?

Lim How Wei is the founder of Followchain. Feel free to follow him on Instagram.

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