While most of us love a perfectly crafted selfie, sometimes you might just want to have a bit of fun with your photos. Face-changing apps have been around for a while, and they have recently soared in popularity thanks to certain effects going viral.
Many Android apps can change, swap, and mask your face, so how do you find the one that’s right for you? If you’re looking for the apps that have the most features, or the smallest storage footprint, we’ve put together this list of the best face changer apps for Android users. With these, you can toy about with your face to your heart’s content.
A Word on Privacy Policies
Before we get into the list, it’s important to mention that not all app developers have high moral or ethical standards when it comes to their products. You should always check the privacy policies of the apps you are installing on your phone. People release apps for a reason, and if you find one that is free of advertisements, chances are they’re still making money from you one way or another.
Yes, reading the Ts & Cs can be a pain, but consider that you might be giving the developers the right to keep, use, and sell on anything you put into the app. Some of the more unscrupulous developers actively install software that tracks your browser data and usage. Then they sell that data to their affiliates and third-party advertisers.
FaceApp, possibly one of the best-known apps thanks to its wildly popular AI-based aging function, is one of the worst offenders. Do yourself a favor, and click the provided links to their privacy policies before installing any of these apps.
Face Changer 2
Sequel to one of the best-selling apps of this type, Face Changer 2 is one of the most full-featured apps on the market. You take a new selfie, choose one from your phone’s gallery, or pick one from one of your social media accounts. Once you’ve got the picture you want to mess around with, you can do all sorts of amusing things with it, including:
- Face swap – switch your face with someone (or something) else’s
- Clone – similar to face swapping, but it adds your face to all of the people in the picture with you
- Morph faces – Select a pre-made option to change your face into an alien, a monster, or you can even turn your face into a cartoon version
- Fuse – you can replace the background of your photo with another one, or use one of the stock backgrounds provided
- Face parts – replace your facial features with other ones
- Stickers – more than 600 stickers you can add to your pictures
- Instant replay – You can share a video that shows the process you went through to make your new picture
FaceApp has been around for a few years now, and in that time has attracted both a huge number of users and quite a bit of controversy. In early 2017, it had a ‘Hot’ filter that just made people’s skin whiter. In late 2017, they then released a series of filters that could change your ethnicity, which many people equated to a modern form of blackface. It also has one of the worst privacy policies around: they own everything you upload, they can and will sell it on, they’ll track your browsing and sell that data, and the list goes on. Seriously, read this one even if you read none of the others.
Still, the app is hugely popular for a reason. The face changing abilities of this app are downright impressive, as it uses a proprietary AI to intelligently process your pictures. You can be older, younger, swap your gender, change your hairstyle and hair color, add tattoos, etc. The list is extensive, and the changes are as easy to apply as a tap on your screen.
The free version offers limited access to the features, while the fully-featured paid version is rather expensive. It also requires a good internet connection to process your pictures (likely because it’s both using their AI on a central server and harvesting your image and usage data).
If you don’t mind doing some of the work yourself, or if you want more control over what gets changed in your picture, Cupace has got you covered. It’s a fairly simple photo editing app that you can use to create your own face swaps, move yourself to new locales, and also add text and stickers.
All of the faces that you select to be swapped or copied are saved to an in-app Face Gallery, so you can easily reuse them in the future. It also has a useful zoom function, so you can avoid accidentally chopping off your ear while selecting your face. Plus, it’s easy to share your creations to all the main social media platforms.
I Want to Take His Face… Off
These are our picks for the best face changing apps for the Android app market, though there are plenty more out there. If you’ve got a favorite one that we’ve not mentioned, you can share it with us in the comments section below, along with some of your own personal masterpieces.