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FaceApp: AI Face Editor

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Transform your selfie; limited features, some ads.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Thin, yet intriguing facial app raises privacy concerns

FaceApp is an interesting app that uses your face and creates a picture of what you might look like if you were older or younger, or if you changed genders. It also has a “Pro” version that costs money and has a few other advantages, but not any that would justify its pricetag, in my opinion. It has a few other options, though admittedly it isn’t much more than that. Its paper-thin feature list was interesting while it lasted, but you’ll probably end up like me and have the app installed for less than five minutes. It’s not a bad app, just not one that serves any purpose other than to make you say “Oh, that’s cool” and press the uninstall button subsequently after. In that case, it served its purpose quite well. FaceApp has also caught some heat for the privacy concerns that it brings. It does store your images and data into its system, but the developer claimed the data is processed into Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. Senator Chuck Schumer, however, has called for the app to be investigated by the FBI due to its supposed invasions of privacy, and suspicions that the data is being transferred to Russia, the app’s country of origin. All of this does bring to the forefront something that I feel like many don’t discuss enough, and that is user privacy. Many apps have been suspected of violating user privacy, including Facebook, so dialogue over FaceApp and its handling of user data is very important and serves as a reminder to always know what you’re installing. Don’t mindlessly install something just to do it. Read the terms and conditions that go with the app, and be knowledgeable of what apps can do with your data if you allow them to. Honestly, I find the concerns raised against FaceApp to be a tad overblown, as many more popular (and American) apps provide more glaring examples of misuse of user data, but at the same time, it is probably best suited for those who are more likely to understand the basis of privacy on the Internet more maturely. Because of this, it is best suited for teens (13+) and mature tweens (11-12+).

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Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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Your first spin through the features is pretty fun, but the appeal may be short-lived. It's weirdly absorbing to snap a selfie and see it alongside more masculine and more feminine versions of your face. The smile filter is pretty neat, too: While some other apps' filters twist and contort your face into clearly impossible shapes, FaceApp: Neural Face Transformations creates remarkable, realistic images. However, that's really all there is to it. Fans of Snapchat and other photo apps may be surprised to see that there are really only a handful of features, and the paid version doesn't offer more options -- it just removes the ads. Overall, this is an amusing app to try once or twice, but look elsewhere for more features and more interesting ways to share.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free ($3.99 for Pro version)
  • Release date: May 4, 2017
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Publisher: Wireless Lab OOO
  • Version: 1.0.12
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: July 18, 2019

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