Snapchat’s face swapping feature is one of the year’s most popular – and rather disconcerting – trends. In a report from Mashable, it seems the trend is here to stay, and has upped its ridiculous factor.
A new iOS update, released on Thursday, allows users to face swap with photos from a phone’s camera roll. Now, anyone can see how they would look like as Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence simply by using celebrity screenshots, or downloading high-resolution photos for better-looking swaps. Originally, Snapchat allowed face swapping only among real-time users.
This iOS update also lets users replay any snap once, for free. This is similar to Snapchat’s 2013 feature where users could replay one snap per day. Snapchat has put a hold on its paid replays, stating on its website that users will no longer be able to buy additional replays as of April 21. Remaining credits can still be used.
It’s also simple to use: as with normal face swapping, tap the screen and hold until a grid forms, then scroll through the face-swapping options. A new purple icon indicates that the user can swap with anything that has a face on the phone’s camera roll. The app uses facial recognition, so a photo must have a recognizable face for the swap to take place. The funny thing is that Snapchat also recognizes things like faces on advertisements or realistic-looking cartoons, so it’s possible to face-swap with the lady on the ketchup bottle, for example.
The internet appears to have welcomed and embraced this update, with iOS users reporting it to be a highly amusing success. Snapchat’s Twitter feed has been busy with people sending in their own face swaps, with more and more hilarious results. If this milestone is any indication, a similar update on Google Play isn’t too far behind, and Android users can soon look forward to enjoying the same face-swapping perks.