6 Apps Like Snapchat With Face-Tracking Filters

Get creative with your selfies by applying animated effects

Plain old selfies are so last year. These days, people can't get enough of those fun filters on Snapchat, which utilize face-tracking technology to animate your face in real time with different looks so you can share them instantly with all your friends via chat, Stories or by simply saving them to your device so you can upload them to other social networks. It's the big, new trend in selfie-taking.

Ever since Snapchat introduced filters (or lenses, as they're officially called) and the world quickly adopted them them, similar apps have slowly started popping up to ride along with the trend. They offer selfie enthusiasts a wide variety of fun looks that extend beyond the handful of filters Snapchat makes available on a daily basis.

Ready to have some serious fun with warping and animating your own face? Check out the list of fun selfie filter apps below to snap a creative selfie in seconds and wow all your friends on social media.

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Snapchat's Biggest Face Filter Rival: Instagram

Person using a Snapchat filter on their smartphone

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What We Like
  • It's fast at detecting faces and applying filters.

  • Very popular platform with enormous user base.

What We Don't Like
  • Can only post filtered photos or videos as stories or private messages.

  • Customer support is poor.

If there's any other app out there that comes close to Snapchat, it's got to be Instagram. Believe it or not, the popular photo and video sharing app now has its own unique library of built-in face filters that you can use post as a story or send via Instagram Direct message.

Just tap the camera icon in the top left corner followed by the smiley face icon. This will activate the face detection feature, which will then display a variety of filters at the bottom of the screen that you can try on.

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A Super Fun Social Network: BOO!

What We Like
  • A fun messaging and social networking app.

  • Good variety of face filters.

What We Don't Like
  • No real downsides we found for this platform.

BOO! has almost everything that Snapchat offers and so much more, which might just be why it's in the top 20 apps for social networking on the iOS App Store. Use the camera to express yourself with fun filters and then chat with friends by sending your creative selfies and videos.

That's not all you can do—BOO! let's you start video chats or message regularly with text, photos, GIFs and even 3D stickers. You can play games with friends, post to your stories and participate in anonymous sharing amongst the BOO! community.

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Enhance Your Beauty: SNOW

A screenshot of the SNOW app for Android.
What We Like
  • New looks and makeup features added daily that change according to the season.

  • Intuitive interface.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a social media style app.

  • No messaging for China users.

This Korean app started off as nearly a complete clone of Snapchat and has since evolved into more of a beauty app. You get stylish AR makeup filters in addition to natural skin tone effects and face stickers—with new ones added frequently.

SNOW used to function just like a chat app too, with 48-hour stories and a GIF feature as bonus features, but these features seem to have been retired. Its main focus now appears to be photo editing, with a clear emphasis on beauty.

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Express Yourself With Beauty Effects and Fun Filters: Camera360

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What We Like
  • Can combine natural beauty effects with fun augmented reality face filters.

  • Unique features not found in other apps.

What We Don't Like
  • App is entirely in Korean without localization for other languages.

  • User interface is oddly difficult.

Similar to SNOW mentioned above, Camera360 is another wildly popular facial recognition filter app from Korea. There are tons of different filters to choose from and play around with to get your selfies and videos looking just right.

Amazingly, Camera360 actually allows its users to go nuts on their selfies by combining their crazy looking filtered selfies with editing effects for smoothing out imperfections and enhancing other parts. If you love the whimsical look of Korean animation, you'll love this app.

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Switch Faces With Anyone: Face Swap Live

Face Swap Live
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What We Like
  • Simple face swapping app.

  • Works with videos.

What We Don't Like
  • App is not free for iOS or Android.

  • App doesn't offer better face swapping technology for the price.

Before Snapchat introduced its face swap filter, there was Face Swap Live—a simple app that allows you to switch faces with another friend in real-time as you record a video or snap a photo. You can also select a photo from your device and swap your face with the person in that photo instead (which Snapchat also eventually introduced in its filter offering).

If all you're looking for is a fun app to use for swapping faces, this one may be your best bet.

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An Older App That Might Just Be Fun to Try: MSQRD

Screenshot of MSQRD for iOS
What We Like
  • A nice range of creative filters.

  • Favorite filters are accessible without connection.

What We Don't Like
  • No recent updates or new filters; app may be abandoned.

  • Requires connection to access all filters.

Besides Snapchat, MSQRD was one of the first popular selfie filter apps that did an amazing job at animating users' faces in all sorts of whimsical ways. You can use it to create both photos and videos with an option to broadcast it live to all your friends on Facebook.

MSQRD was acquired by Facebook, likely so it's possible that this app could be discontinued down the line due to the face filters now available on Facebook-owned Instagram. For now, however, MSQRD is still available to download, but don't necessarily count on it being updated regularly at all.

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