FaceApp is a mobile application designed to create realistic transformations of faces using various filters and features, the first version of which was released in 2017. The free version offers a limited choice of filters including the one that is going viral right now.
The feature that has tweeps going crazy for the app is the ‘old’ option where the app gives you three versions of your face – two young and one that looks really old and spookily probable.
FaceApp has gone viral in the region and across the globe in the past few hours with a simple face mapping trick. Celebrities and regular folks alike have been sharing images of what their faces would look like in 60 years, and some look extremely realistic. Facef
FaceApp page on Facebook HERE
When downloading any new app, users get permission dialogue boxes on both iOS and Android. Read carefully permissions that you are clicking ‘Allow’ to.
Never use your social media account to use any third-party apps as that would allow the app more access to your data than it would have otherwise. For example, if you use Facebook to login to an app like FaceApp, they may be able to gain access to device details, or even behaviour patterns.
In all cases, any data you voluntarily or involuntarily supply can then be used by the app or sold as data.
Try your best to block access of apps into your gallery or personal files. For apps that don’t require it, block access to camera and microphone as well. You may not think it matters, but these permissions hinder data privacy and security. If you feel your data is being misused, check the settings of the app in detail to check that security settings have not been compromised.
You can either take a photo to use through the app’s camera functionality or get one from your pre-existing gallery. However for security reasons, be wary of any app that asks for access into your personal gallery. FaceApp, like most apps, has a privacy page detailing how they use user content, read it before downloading the app.
Download FaceApp APK for android HERE