You can choose to update an effect at any time, but sometimes we will ask you to update older effects to make sure they keep working.
Effects will work for at least six months after your version of Spark AR Studio was released. For example, if you make an effect using a version of Spark AR Studio that was released on 1 January, the effect will work on all devices until at least 1 July.
After this time, effects might no longer be compatible with the latest versions of Instagram and Facebook, and people might not be able to find or use them.
When an effect needs to be updated, you’ll get an email or notification on Facebook. You’ll also see a warning in Spark AR Hub.
For some effects, Spark AR can automatically generate a new version of your effect. Automatically generated updates do not need to be reviewed by Spark AR and can be published directly from Spark AR Hub.
If there is an automatic update available, you’ll be able to approve the update from the effect’s Files tab.
Alternatively, you can download the automatically generated file and make manual updates to it in Spark AR Studio. Effects that have been manually updated will need to be exported, submitted and reviewed as detailed below.
First, update to the most recent version of Spark AR Studio. Once you are updated:
The effect will now be updated. Next, you’ll need to export it and submit it to Spark AR Hub.
The most recent versions of Spark AR Studio are available on both macOS and Windows. These new versions are different from the early, macOS-only releases. This means you’ll need to follow some extra steps to update effects made in v55 or earlier.
To update an older effect:
After you’ve manually updated an effect, you’ll need to submit the new version for review in Spark AR Hub.
To submit the updated effect:
We'll review the updated effect to make sure it still follows Spark AR content policies. You won't be able to edit the effect during this time. The previous version of your effect will still be available in the camera until the new version is accepted.
Please note that Spark AR Policies may have changed since you first published the effect.