As the camera technology improves on our smartphones, it, in turn, brings innovations to the consumer apps, sometimes in the form of Face Swap apps. For those who don’t what it is, well, Face Swap apps lets you switch faces with a friend or a photo in real-time. The image produced is sometimes hilarious and sometimes surreal. Let’s check out some of the best face swap app for Android and iOS.
Best Face Swap Apps
While already popular, FaceApp went viral when it released an aging filter as a feature in the app. Apart from this feature, it also offers some unique features that none of the above apps do.
You start with taking a neutral picture of yourself, next you can make yourself smile, look older or young, change your gender, change your hair color and even see yourself with glasses. The aging filter is based on machine learning and AI which means all the filters are procedurally stitched. It results in an organic picture that looks authentic. Check it out to see how you would look in a couple of years.
However, some features are locked and available in the pro version only. Judging by the free filters, I would recommend this app to everyone who is looking for a good face swap app. The app has no ads and offers in-app purchases.
2. Face Blender
The first app on the list, Face Blender is a funny selfie poster creator app with which you can blend your face into any picture. The app is simple enough and you won’t have to spend time to figure out controls. Just click a picture and choose a template to blend your face on that template. The app has over a hundred templates ranging from an astronaut to a gymnast.
The app automatically detects the face in the template and adjusts your face’s angle and orientation to fit the frame. If the templates aren’t enough, you can create your own face swaps by adding a picture from the Camera Roll or the Gallery app. Face Blender is free on the Play Store.
Install Face Blender (Android)
Cupace is another fun little app that offers face swap. Unlike Snapchat, Cupace lets you manually extract faces from an image and then paste it into other pictures.
It has a three-step process – cut a face, choose an image, and paste the face on to the image. The face cutting tool offers a magnified view so that you don’t miss a part of your ear in the cutout. After the crop, the faces are saved in the app and you can begin pasting those cutouts on other people’s faces.
You can share your pictures with friends on social media directly from the app. Overall the app works okay but it lacks auto face detection feature which would have been great.
Install Cupace (Android)
4. Face Swap by Microsoft
Unlike all the other apps we have seen so far, that lets you swap faces with other people or pictures from your camera roll; Face Swap by Microsoft, lets you swap your face on almost anything. Yes, pretty much anything.
Take a new picture, fine-tune it a little, then use keywords to find an image from the Internet where you can replace the face with yours. It can be a celebrity, an animal, an astronaut or even a wall. It automatically adjusts the skin tone and the texture to the surroundings. If it doesn’t align properly, I can rotate and expand my face to fit his frame, sounds simple enough?
However, this becomes a little complicated when you bring licensing into the picture. You may not be able to use all the images that show up in the app on your social media.
The app is well built and the face swap through automatic isn’t perfect for every picture, thankfully you can always manually align the pictures to fit the different frame sizes.
5. Photomontage Collage
This next app, Photomontage Collage is a simple photo editor that lets you create good quality Photo swap images. It is not autonomous and does require a manual process. You can remove a face from an existing image and put your face there instead. It has two modes Wizard and expert which is basically an easy and a pro mode respectively.
To create a Face Swap, Upload an image in the Expert tab and remove the face using the rubber tool. Insert another image and crop just the face, move the image behind the original image to just show the face. Adjust the area by pinching and zooming. That’s how you face swap in a few easy steps. It is great for creating good quality face swaps where you don’t have to worry about any errors made by the algorithms during real-time face swaps.
Install Photomontage Collage (Android )
6. Face Swap
Face Swap unlike its name does much more than simple Face Swapping. It is a full-fledged image editor with plenty of features and filters. You can do some basic image editing like add sticker, text, crop, adjust, color correction, etc.
Although the real-time masks are supported, you can also manipulate images from the gallery and swap multiple faces in a photo. Clone face is an interesting feature which clones a face to multiple people in the picture which produces hilarious results.
Install Face Swap (Android)
Later acquired by Facebook, MSQRD (pronounced Masquerade) was the Facebook answer to Snapchat’s Face swapping feature. Unlike the other apps on the list that only lets you play with your picture, MSQRD, on the other hand, is a video selfie app.
Once you start the app, you get two options – you can either take a selfie or record a 30-sec video. Next swipe between various video effects, the app can apply effects to videos in real-time. Once you find what you were looking for, start the video recording. The app records both the audio and video. After 45 sec, the recording will stop and you have the option to share it on Facebook as a post, Instagram as a story, WhatsApp or even export the video file.
Overall the app looks decent and it has no ads. You can get MSQRD for Android and iOS from the Play Store and the App Store respectively.
Yeah, that’s not a typo, its the actual name of the app, this app has many cool filters though. Mrrmrr is a face app that is powered by DeepAR, it also offers real-time filters and masks.
The app has 4 categories emoji, masks, filters, and effects. Emoji doesn’t have many variations but three. You can be an animated emoji, Donald Trump or Kanye West with this app. Thanks to its real-time face tracking algorithm. It captures your facial movements and applies it to the emoji to create an interactive emoji. The masks offer some of the unique varieties like rainbow drool, sunburn, cat ears, goth, anime, soda cap, etc.
You can either take a picture or a video with the masks on. Sharing the pictures is very easy, after every capture, it shows you a preview of the image and a few social media share buttons like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Or you can directly save the picture to the photos or move it to your computer without iTunes.
Snapchat is the most popular app that offers face swap with someone else in your photo or video, or even from your camera roll. Simply, launch the app and switch to the front-facing camera, next tap on your face until you see white mesh lines over your face. That’s Snapchat analyzing your face. Now, swipe left until you find the face swap option and now you can swap your face with anyone in real-time or even from the photo library of your phone. To save the image, tap the circle at the bottom with the face swap icon. You can take photos ranging from funny to unflattering with Snapchat and hide it on your phone.
Update: Snapchat is always adding exciting filters that take over the internet pretty quickly. Make sure you check those out. For example, this baby filter has taken over the internet by storm and is surprisingly very cute.
Some people have complained about the laggy performance of the app on Android phones. So, if you’re are not using Snapchat already, there is no need to install it, just for its Face Swap features. That said, there are many apps out there that offer these features as standalone apps. Let’s check those out.
The Best Face Swap App?
MSQRD and MRRMRR are best apps for real-time masks and filters with high accuracy. Face Changer 2 and Face App are good apps for their masks and Cupace requires manual editing skills. Tell us which apps do you like the best in the comments below.
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