Apps to Blur Face/Background in Videos/Photos (Android&iOS)
Want to share a video but don't want to show your face? Want to erase the shooting information of a photo? Want to make mosaics on photos and videos? You can get help from online mosaic manufacturers such as Censor for Photos, ObscuraCam, Skitch and more. This article will give you a good start by highlighting seven mosaic editors for iOS and Android users. Read on to find the one fits you with all their advantages and disadvantages.
Censor for Photos is an app for covering faces, sensitive information, etc. in photos by mosaicking/blurring. It supports a variety of styles to protect your privacy: Blur, Mosaic and Black Bar. You can choose an area in a photo to blur or add mosaic/black bar. The intensity of the blur and the size of pixelation are adjustable. Just open a photo, draw a blurring/mosaic area with a rectangle or brush over the face or background you want to cover. Then you can share it directly to social media. You may crop the photo if necessary.
Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or up.
For: 3 styles available: blur, pixelation, black bar.
Against: Contains ads in the free version.
Mosaic Pixelate Censor Photo can censor your photos with 3 choices: mosaic, pixelate, black bar. You can blur faces or background in photos easily. However, it may not do well in blurring large images unless your device is with high memory; otherwise, the app may crash.
By the way, this app is very light in size occupying the only 2.9M of storage space.
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up.
For: Small and easy to use.
Against: Contains ads; only for editing small pictures.
With ObscuraCam, you can blur and disguise faces in both photos and videos. The app can automatically detects faces in a photo or video and then pixelate, black out faces or cover the faces with funny noise or sunglasses. It can remove your personal information from a photo or video, including the GPS location and the phone model and the taken time to protect your privacy.
Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up.
For: Automatically detects faces; wipe information from photos and videos.
Against: No update for a while.
Point Blur (Partial blur) DSLR, as its name suggested, is designed to blur part of the photo especially background and faces. It can blur the background like a professional photographer. Just load an image from your Android photo album, select blur, triangle or pixelation to cover the unwanted part of a photo, and then add it to the image using the blush. You can adjust the size and intensity of the brush.
Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up.
For: Pro-level blur effect; user-friendly.
Against: Full of ads; image quality loss after blurring.
Rather than being a photo censor app, it is more a full-featured photo editor. Skitch, the original photo editor which sold for 19.99 dollars, was acquired by Evernote and is free today.
Skitch is powerful enough to generate long web screenshots and edit images (add mosaics/blur, add text, crop, lines, arrows, etc.). in addition, it supports iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.
In a nutshell, it's best designed for those who like to clip online content and need to blur a part of it.
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows and Mac
For: Login with your Evernote account
Against: it's more a screen clipper and if you want more features than blurring, it may not function well.
This is a camera app that can shoot videos with mosaic or blurring effect. Once the app is running, your phone camera is activated. You can choose blur all things in front of the camera or just the faces or an area. It also provides blurring effects in different shapes. The free version contains ads.
Compatibility: iOS 11.0 or above.
For: Take videos with blur effects.
Against: Large in size; Limits on the number of videos you can take in the free version.
Its full name is Mosaic and Blur Video - MovStash for iPhone. Blurring a video is simple here. Just drag mosaic/blur area directory or screen using with one finger, then pinch the mosaic/blur with two fingers. Blurriness can be adjusted. Of course, you can blur to a specified area in a specified time range of the video. Its operation can be a bit complicated, but with detailed guidance, everyone can do it quickly without experience.
For: Free; offer simple mode; blur specified area in a specified time.
Against: Contains Ads/
Blur Video is designed to blur all your video in the format MP4, 3GP and WMV for Instagram, Snapchat or other social networks. Blur Video editor allows users to blur photos/videos freely. You can create a blurred square with your finger around any video as well as choose to blur the inside or outside of any fixed shape. After you have processed and previewed the video, it can upload the video to Instagram/Snapchat and more without cropping or compressing.
Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up.
For: Free trial; fun to use; blur video freely.
Against: Put watermark after processing 5 videos.
The above 8 software are all recommended. Hope you enjoy.