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How to Use the Crying Filter on Instagram

The crying filter has taken over multiple social media platforms like Instagram.

The filter’s virality is not surprising because of how realistic it looks.

Many people use it to mock their friends so that they look like they hate what they are doing.

There are multiple crying filters on Instagram that you can use.

However, most of them are user-created, so you won’t be able to find them directly on your camera.

That said, some people are unable to find the crying filter.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to get the crying or unhappy filter on Instagram and how to use it.

How to get the crying filter on Instagram

To get the crying filter on Instagram, you need to add a new story and tap on “Browse effects”.

After you’ve tapped on “Browse effects”, search for “Sad face” and select one of the filters.

There are multiple crying filters on Instagram, so you need to find the one that you like.

The “Sad face” filter by @biancagarutti is one of the more realistic ones, so you can try using it.

If you can’t find the filter, it means that you probably haven’t updated Instagram yet.

To fix this, you can try deleting and reinstalling Instagram.

By doing this, the app’s cache will be cleared and it’ll be updated to the latest version.

1. Add a new story

The first step is to add a new story.

To do so, open the Instagram app and navigate to your profile.

Make sure that you’ve updated the app to the latest version.

If not, you need to update it first on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Once you’re on your Instagram profile, tap on your profile picture to start adding a new story.

Alternatively, you can tap on the “+” icon followed by “Story”.

2. Tap on “Browse effects”

After you’ve tapped on your profile picture, your camera roll will open.

Tap on the camera grid to close your camera roll and open the camera instead.

Now, you’ll see multiple filters at the bottom of your screen.

However, you won’t be able to see the crying/sad/unhappy filter yet.

This is because the Instagram crying filter is user-created.

Hence, if you want to use the crying filter, you need to search for it.

To do so, scroll to the extreme right of the effects carousel.

At the extreme right of the carousel, you’ll see the “Browse effects” icon.

Tap on “Browse effects” to start browsing user-created effects.

3. Search for “Sad face”

Sad face Instagram filter

After you’ve tapped on “Browse effects”, you’ll land in the effect gallery.

In the gallery, you’ll see a list of user-created effects.

Now, you’ll need to search for the crying filter.

On Instagram, the crying filter is called “Sad face”.

Tap on the search icon on the top right of the gallery and search for “Sad face”.

Lastly, select the “Sad face” filter by @biancagarutti.

You can also use another crying/sad filter, but the “Sad face” filter by @biancagarutti is one of the more realistic ones.

If you can’t find the filter, you can search for @biancagarutti on Instagram and go to her profile.

Once you’re on her profile, tap on the glitter icon and tap on “Sad face” to use the filter.

How to use the crying filter on Instagram

Instagram crying filter
  1. Go to your Instagram profile and tap on your profile picture.
  2. Tap on the camera grid to open your camera.
  3. Scroll to the extreme right of the effects carousel and tap on “Browse effects”.
  4. Search for “Sad face”.
  5. Select the “Sad face” effect by @biancagarutti.
  6. Record yourself or someone else’s face to use the filter.


The best way to get more views on your videos is to use trending filters.

As of May 2022, the crying filter has been trending on all social media platforms.

If you’re not able to find or use the “Sad face” filter on Instagram, you can try using TikTok or Snapchat instead.

TikTok and Snapchat have their own variation of crying filters.

The one on TikTok is called “Unhappy” while the one from Snapchat is called “Crying”.

Snapchat is the original social media platform for the crying filter.

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