Apps like Snapchat and Meitu use face filters to augment or otherwise alter portraits and selfies in various stylized ways, with the effect of making you look like some kind of animal, anime character, or whatnot. These almost always yield amusing results, bound to be shared with your friends and followers on social media. But what if you want your portraits and selfies modified but in such a way that the outcome, to a certain extent, keeps the photorealism intact? That is to say, it’s still a realistic representation of a human face, no bunny ears or supersize emotive eyes in sight. This is what FaceApp sets out to achieve — and largely succeeds at.
Put a smile on your face. To use FaceApp, you just need to take a new photo or load an existing one from your device’s library and then simply tap one of the available filter options, which are helpfully represented as emojis: Smile 2, Smile (slightly wider and toothier), Hot, Old, Young, Female, Male. After making your selection, FaceApp processes your photo and comes up with the corresponding effect in a jiffy.
Swap your gender. FaceApp also features tools that let you easily create GIFs, diptychs, and collages that combine different effects on your photo into one image, allowing you and your friends to see at a glance how the transformations compare with the original and with one another. (During the editing process, you can quickly compare the original and the filter effect by tapping and holding on the photo.)
What is it about?
FaceApp is a face transformation app that prides itself on its focus on photorealism. If you’re looking to do all sorts of cartoony stuff on your photos, sorry but FaceApp is not the app for you. But if you want to automatically change your photos in certain ways but want to keep their resulting appearances grounded in reality, then FaceApp should do the trick.
For those who...
- like taking portraits and selfies.
- want to improve how you look in photos without resorting to reshoots or Photoshop.
Not for those who...
- don’t care how you look in photos.
- think apps like this are lookist.
Why we love it
To be sure, FaceApp is not perfect, as it sometimes results in images that have a sort of uncanny valley feel to them. But for the most part, it’s a neat and easy-to-use app for transforming portraits and selfies in certain photorealistic ways. Say you have a photo of yourself that you really like, except you wish you had smiled when it was taken. Or another photo where you wish your face didn’t look so haggard or aged. Instead of reshooting your portrait or selfie (which may be impractical given the change in time and setting that has probably taken place since the original capture) or resorting to Photoshop (which may take a while especially if you don’t know it yourself and still have to ask someone else to do it), you can just load the photo onto FaceApp, tap the appropriate option, and voila, your closed mouth is turned into a grin, your physiognomy is prettified, or your countenance is made more youthful. And if you just want to see how you’d like decades from now or on the other end of the gender spectrum, and perhaps share the results with your friends to amuse or wow them, you can do that too in just a tap in FaceApp.
FaceApp is FREE but there are more add-ons
App Store Description
Transform your face using Artificial Intelligence with just one tap!
- Add beautiful smile
- Get younger or older
- Gender swaps
- Improve your selfie with cool style filters
You can subscribe to get access to useful style filters, filters updates and all the features and content offered for purchase within FaceApp.
The cost of the purchase is charged to your iTunes account. Subscriptions are auto renewable and are billed monthly or annually at the rate selected depending on the subscription plan. There is also a life-time license to FaceApp which is a one-time payment plan (this is not a subscription). Users’ accounts are charged for auto-renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.
The cost of the monthly subscription is just $3.99
The cost of the annual subscription is just $19.99
The cost of the life-time license is just $39.99
Subscriptions can be managed and auto-renewal can be turned off in Account Settings in iTunes after the purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.
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