Swap Faces With Anyone in Your Camera Roll on Snapchat

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Ever wonder what you'd look like as a cat? Or with your best friend's flawless skin? Snapchat's latest update lets you find out.

The ephemeral messaging service this week added the ability to face swap with photos from your phone's camera roll. Hold the screen over your face to launch the app's selfie features, then swipe to the "Face-Swap From Camera Roll" lens (the purple circle with a camera icon and smiley face). Snapchat automatically scans your photos for faces, surfacing all applicable options.

That includes downloaded images of your favorite celebrities, saved pictures of your pets, and snapshots of family and friends. Unlike the original face-swapping function, this update does not require a supporting cast in frame.

It does, however, open the door to a slew of potentially offensive images—a move Snapchat should be wary of following Wednesday's blackface gaffe (the company introduced a Bob Marley filter, complete with cartoon dreadlocks and rasta hat, to mark 4/20). Snapchat did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The face swap update is now live on iOS, but has not rolled out to Android.

Even if you're not interested in seeing Darth Vader's head on your shoulders, be aware: The latest update also ditches paid replays; now, every snap can be replayed only once. In September, the app introduced paid replays for US users, starting at three for 99 cents. But users don't appear to be interested in paying; Snapchat's short-lived Lens store also shut down in January.

For more, see PCMag's reviews of Snapchat for iPhone and Android.

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