Seemingly wherever you go on the net these days, you need an avatar. The default approach is to take a profile photo of yourself, but if you don’t want to share your identity, then creating a cartoony representation is an appealing option. The process may even be easier than you think. Here are five Android apps that let you create a cool, and pretty adorable, version of yourself.
Androidify is as much an avatar creator as it is an interactive Android ad, but that’s okay, because there’s just something fun about creating a bugdroid version of ourselves. The app lets you select different colors, shapes, sizes, and accessories that enable you to create an aw-inducing robot that friends might even swear looks just like you. Unlike the other options on this list, you can even have your Android perform a cute little gesture and save it as a GIF.
FaceQ’s singular purpose is to help you create your own adorable online persona. The app launches you to editing screen right away, and the save button is always present at the top of the screen. Tapping it creates a .PNG file that you can then import into whichever site you wish. The wardrobe options are all over the place, ranging from clothes you would wear around the house to the kind of battle armor that could keep you safe against a horde of dragons. FaceQ is free to use, so let your imagination run wild.
Avatar Maker is the best option on this list for creating an anime-inspired depiction of yourself. You get to change your head shape, eyes, hair, accessories, and the like to a reasonable degree. You can save images to your Android device when you’re done, export them directly to Google+, or share them to the public gallery for other users to check out. A premium version is available as an in-app purchase for $2.50 that unlocks extra perks, but the core functionality is available for free.
Next, we have the bluntly-named Smartphone Avatar. This app is as straightforward as they come. The avatar creation interface appears at launch, with the customization options lined up along both sides of the screen. Some features require going pro for $1.39, such as saving or loading your avatar, using the .PNG file format, and applying transparent backgrounds. Doing so will also remove ads. The avatars you create with this app, which all stare down at a smartphone in their hands, have an especially distinctive look, thanks in part to their square heads and doodle-inspired design.
Bitstrips lets you express yourself through a comic strips by creating digital versions of you, your friends, and the places you live. The act of getting everything set up leaves you with an avatar that you can take with you across various social media sites. But for our purposes, we’re more interested in the Bitmoji app. This addition lets your avatar express a wide range of emotions, any of which can serve as profile images in their own right. You have to create an account to use Bitmoji, but unlike with the main Bitstrips app, you don’t have to use your Facebook one.
These four apps all make creating your own avatar not only easy, but fun. It’s worth firing one up just to play around with even if you’re perfectly fine with using your photo online. Since you can do so from an Android phone or tablet, it takes hardly any effort or time to come up with something great.
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