Oldify - Old Face App

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Limited face-changing app not worth the privacy risks.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment purposes only. Not intended for educational use. 

Ease of Play

Crude interface and inconsistent functionality make simple actions a bother. 


Many additional effects/filters priced/downloaded separately. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oldify – Old Face App is a paid entertainment app that lets users alter portrait photos by aging them from 20-60 years. There's no registration process, but users who share images from the app to other social media platforms risk exposing personal information. The app contains banner ads, and its filter gallery encourages users to download other paid apps by the same developer. Altered photos can be shared through social media, including Google Maps, which could reveal the creator's location. Though the app store rates it as E for Everyone, its terms of use state that users must be over 13 to use it without parental consent. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

OLDIFY – OLD FACE APP is a paid entertainment app that lets users either use existing portrait photos or take new ones and age them up to 60 years. Using editable points to mark eyes and mouth, the app applies digital filters that add varying degrees of wrinkles and age spots. Users can also add additional effects by downloading additional paid apps (“Beardify,” “Fatify,” “Stachify,” etc.) and can save short animations of their pictures performing burps, yawns, sneezes and the like. Users can share their creations through email, text message, Google Maps, or through most major social media platforms.

Is it any good?

Though this app lets users age their faces -- which can be fun --it falls short feature-wise and leaves some security questions disturbingly vague. From a usefulness perspective, Oldify – Old Face App is fairly limited. It allows you to use existing photos or take new ones with your phone's camera, but either way, pictures must be straight-on portraits. Filters just don't work well on faces tilted up or down or turned slightly to the side, and though the built-in facial editor lets you move the edges of the face and the placement of eyes and mouth, it just isn't refined enough to place wrinkles and lines where they really need to be. 

Despite the aging filter's limited effectiveness, the app's animation gallery offers some measure of goofy fun by distorting photos and making them move so subjects appear to burp, yawn, or sneeze. Still, the app fails to include some very basic sharing features and relies on other social media apps to pick up the slack. For instance,you have to share to Facebook if you want to add text, color, stickers, etc. All told, the five minutes of fun you get from adding 60 years to your face and sharing it probably isn't worth it, especially when you consider the security risks. The app's terms of use leave the door open for its developer to collect and use your information for marketing or to pass it on to third party business partners, and also states they may keep it for an indeterminate length of time. Since the app can connect to other apps like Facebook and come away with a load of personal info, that should give parents pause. Because of that and because of the app's limited features, families are better off downloading something more secure and with greater entertainment value.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about viral trends like using virtual aging apps like Oldify - Old Face App. Why is it fun? What are the risks?

  • Think about the risks of  "harmless" entertainment. What kinds of data do apps and online quizzes collect? What do they do with that data?

  • Discuss how sharing apps with friends can put their information at risk. Why do apps ask for access to your contacts? How do they use that information?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Paid
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($.99; contains optional in-app purchases for more features)
  • Release date: May 23, 2013
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 68.60 MB
  • Publisher: Apptly LLC
  • Version: 3.1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Last updated: February 22, 2021

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