The 10 Best Face Recognition Apps for Android in 2019

Face recognition has more uses than unlocking your device

Man using face recognition on a mobile phone in a dark room.

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Android Lollipop introduced the Trusted face feature, which allows you to unlock your tablet or phone using face recognition. That said, it's not as reliable as Apple's Face ID, and people can still access your Android device if they know your password. Consequently, third-party developers have made their own face recognition apps for Android to take full advantage of this exciting technology.

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Secure Your Settings and Apps: IObit Applock

IObit Applock for Android

What We Like

  • Responsive customer support.

  • Pro version is an excellent value.

What We Don't Like

  • Struggles in poor lighting.

  • Uninspired app themes.

An Android exclusive, iObit Applock adds an extra layer of security to your device settings and other apps containing sensitive data. In addition to face unlock, it also supports fingerprint authentication. If someone else tries to unlock your phone, iObit will snap a photo and send it to your email so that you can identify the culprit. An ad-supported version is available for free, but lifetime protection with 24/7 technical support costs just $2.99.

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For Developers: Luxand FaceSDK

Luxand FaceSDK on Android

What We Like

  • Fun for developers to experiment with.

  • Compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and Linux.

What We Don't Like

  • Limited uses for non-developers.

  • No built-in face unlock feature.

If you want to delve deeper into the emerging field of facial recognition apps, then Luxand was made for you. It's publicly available SDK features multiple face detection APIs for a number of fun and practical purposes. You can even make augmented reality apps. The app itself lets you assign names to faces in photos, which Luxand will remember and recognize it in the future. Therefore, it can be helpful for auto-tagging friends in photos or conducting surveillance.

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Protect Your Privacy: True Key

True Key app for Android

What We Like

  • Assign unique authentication credentials to specific websites.

  • Works with any OS.

What We Don't Like

  • The browser extension is only compatible with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

  • Unreliable technical support.

Face recognition is just one of many features found in this robust privacy app. Created by Intel Security, True Key uses powerful AES-256 encryption algorithms and multi-factor authentication to protect your sensitive data from prying eyes. Whether you're an Apple or Android user, True Key synchronizes all your devices for maximum security.

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Best App for Healthcare Professionals: Face2Gene

3 Face2Gene app screens

What We Like

  • Website features an extensive blog, FAQs, and other helpful resources.

  • Free for iOS and Android devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Only available to licensed medical professionals.

  • Not to be used for self-diagnosis.

Face2Gene helps doctors and nurses make diagnoses using biometric data. It analyzes photos of patients to detect morphological features that could be indicative of a disease or disorder. The app also links to the London Medical Database where healthcare professionals can browse photos and information related to different illnesses.

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For Scanning More Than Faces: BlippAR

3 Blippar app screens

What We Like

  • Play augmented reality games.

  • Identify plants and animals in the wild.

What We Don't Like

  • Not always accurate.

  • Promising concept, but poorly executed.

BlippAR recognizes more than faces. It touts itself as an augmented reality browser that can identify plants, animals, food, and famous landmarks from pictures or in real life. Although it's not always reliable, the facial recognition capabilities are impressive. For example, if you see an actor on TV whose name you want to know, just point your phone's camera at the screen. BlippAR will search the internet for a face match.

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For Taking Attendance: Railer Mobile Face Recognition Attendance

3 Railer app screens

What We Like

  • Saves precious classroom and work time.

  • Share student attendance data with parents and administrators.

What We Don't Like

  • One-touch face recognition is only available on iOS.

  • Takes a while to set up.

Railer is an impressive tool that teachers will love. In stead of calling the roll every day, snap a quick class photo with your smartphone, and Railer will take attendance for you. Thanks to its analytics and leave management capabilities, Railer is also used in professional settings. The one-touch face recognition feature is especially helpful for learning the names of students and colleagues.

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Best Face Scanning Search Engine: LogMe Facial Recognition

3 LogMe app screens

What We Like

  • Find out which celebrities you resemble.

  • Send private messages to other users.

What We Don't Like

  • Buggy performance and occasional crashes.

  • Privacy concerns since anyone can upload a picture of anyone.

LogMe is a face search engine with social media aspects. When users upload photos, LogMe extracts the faces and adds them to its database. It's possible to add pictures directly from your device's gallery or apps like Instagram. The option to browse similar faces based on resemblance is especially fun.

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For Businesses: BioID Facial Recognition

BioID Facial Recognition app for Android

What We Like

  • Website includes helpful resources for developers.

  • Identifies photo IDs for online transactions.

What We Don't Like

  • Still in the developmental stages.

  • More geared toward businesses and developers.

BioID is a cloud-based web security service, but anyone can download its free Facial Recognition app. Like IObit, BioID can be set up to protect specific apps and websites. In addition to its enterprise services, BioID has a handy feature for developers to add face recognition capabilities to their projects without any knowledge of how biometrics work. BioID also boasts a clever "liveness detection" and challenge responses to prevent users from tricking the app with photos or videos of you.

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For Reading People's Faces: fACE-e App

fACE-e App for Android

What We Like

  • Helpful for parents, heath professionals, and caretakers of nonverbal individuals.

  • Astonishingly accurate, at least for adults.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires an internet connection.

  • Lots of notifications.

Are you bad at reading people? Let fACE-e App do the work for you. It analyzes facial expressions from photos and guesses the subject's emotions. It's pretty accurate, too. It's most practical use is for parents of babies who are too young to communicate verbally. It even includes editing tools that make fACE-e App perfect for making memes.

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For Advanced Users: Face Recognition

Face Recognition app for developers on Android.

What We Like

  • Explore the inner workings of face recognition technology.

  • Add face recognition to your own apps.

What We Don't Like

  • Not for programming novices.

  • Requires you to download a bunch of other tools to use.

If programs like Luxand and IObit Applock are too basic for you, try the aptly named Face Recognition app. Rather than a fun tool for casual users, Face Recognition is a test framework for developers to experiment with face recognition technology. It comes with built-in algorithms and an open source machine learning library in addition to a detailed user manual.