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Oldify - Old Face App

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Limited face-changing app not worth the privacy risks.

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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is 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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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($.99; contains optional in-app purchases for more features)
  • Release date: May 23, 2013
  • Category: Entertainment
  • 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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