FaceApp: Why Is It Popular and How Do I Use It
FaceApp is one of those apps that went viral just like that. Even celebrities tried it because of its amazing filters. You can turn older, younger and even gender swap photos.
This free photo editor lets you change your complete look with just a press of a button. The best part is the photos created are realistic. I didn’t pay attention to this app until Jennifer Aniston posted her old aged picture created through FaceApp.
How Does it Work?
FaceApp uses photo morphing by using neural face transformations with Artificial Intelligence for making hilarious, weird and creepy modifications to your face.
The app was developed by Yaroslav Goncharov who created this new app by using neural networks. It modifies the face on the photo by keeping it real. You can add a smile, change the gender, age or make the photo even more attractive.
We have seen filters like this before but the thing that differentiates FaceApp from the rest is how real the results are.
How to Use FaceApp?
Want to try the filters of FaceApp? It’s very easy to use. The app has a nice interface. It lets you edit a new selfie taken from the camera within the app or any old photo you already have in your phone’s gallery.
Step 1: Download the App
The first step to get started is to download the FaceApp on Android and iOS.
Step 2: Choose a Phone
The app has a simple interface that allows you to edit the existing selfie or take a new one. There are different options – you can take a photo from the phone’s gallery or get it from your social media account.
Step 3: Apply the Filters
Once you select the photo you want to apply filters on, it will show on the center of the screen of the app. At the bottom, you will find a list of features to apply.
These are the features you will see:
This allows you to add a smile on your picture
This adds years to your appearance which include wrinkles, sagging skin, bald spot, gray hair and other signs of aging.
- Age Young
This filter lets you make your appearance young, add soft features and make your skin smoother.
With this filter, you can see the gender-swapped version of your face.
- Beard, glasses, and hairstyles
You can also add facial hair, glasses and different hairstyles to your appearance
Step 4: Share the Photo
Once you have applied a filter to the phone, you can also share it on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook with the down-facing arrow, you can download the picture in your gallery as well. In this digital world, if someone hacked Facebook account, you don’t need to worry!
Why Is It Becoming Popular?
FaceApp has 10 million downloads already. It became popular in the past few months. The popularity of the app has a lot to do with celebrities using it. Popular artists like Drake, Jonas Brothers, and Jennifer Aniston have already tried and shared their filtered photos.
This encouraged average customers to download the app and try the filters. According to a Business Insider, Sensor Tower conducted research in mid-June and found that FaceApp was adding 65,000 new users travels each day. This is a huge figure for an app.
With the kind of features it has brought, there is no denying that FaceApp is proving its mettle in the market. The app does not upload photos from the gallery of the user to its servers. Only selected photos are stored on the cloud and they are deleted after 48 hours.
The Technology Behind FaceApp
If you are wondering how this app works, here is an overview of the technologies used for developing it:
- Since the app uses Artificial Intelligence, there are good chances it is developed using Python.
- It uses iOS 11 APIs. This makes it easier for developers to offer users to select an image from the system dialogue.
- The app uses Swift for its existence on the iOS platform whereas, for Android, it is built on either Java or Kotlin.
Should You Download FaceApp?
Before you download the app, it’s recommended to read the terms of service. A good thing is that FaceApp does not sell data or photos to any third-party so you will be in safe hands. Before you trust the app, keep in mind it has been available for 2 years before its sudden popularity. However, there are no indications of security risks.
Whether to download the app or not, the decision is yours. So far, the app does not pose any risk to your data.
FaceApp is pretty clear about how it uses user’s data just like smart home gadgets is clear about its terms and conditions. It’s fun to use so feel free to try it.