Skip to main content

Microsoft’s new ‘Face Swap’ app juxtaposes your face in different scenes, ditches the ads

Face swap applications caught on in a big way over the past year or so, and today Microsoft is jumping into that arena with a new option that ditches the biggest issue with all the others — it has no ads.

While the name might suggest that this is yet another way to swap faces with another person, animal, or whatever else people are doing with these apps, Microsoft’s option uses facial recognition tech to do something that’s a bit different.

In this app, users will have the ability to take their face from any photo and move it into a completely different setting without any photo editing tools. Simply pick your photo, then use Bing (of course) to pick another setting that your face can be added to. That setting will need to include another face in it which the app will use to place your face into the setting.

The app uses advanced facial recognition technology which was developed by Microsoft’s Research with Bing’s image search. Everything was also developed through Microsoft’s “Garage” which is a lot like Google’s 20% projects. It’s a lot of impressive technology that seems to put out pretty solid results, but it’ll probably only be used to make funny pictures for social media at the end of the day, which was probably Microsoft’s intention anyway. Face Swap is available now on Google Play.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel



Avatar for Ben Schoon Ben Schoon

Ben is a writer and video producer for 9to5Google.

Find him on Twitter @NexusBen. Send tips to or encrypted to

Ben Schoon's favorite gear