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Google Arts & Culture's art selfies are bringing fun back to the internet

17 January 2018

Google's app, one of many from the internet giant, is created to introduce the world to fine art, but a feature that's not prominently displayed now allows users to take a selfie, and compare themselves to works of great art.

When I first opened the app, I didn't really know what to do or where to go. One of these is the Twitter user catland rose dewitt bukater, who wrote that she was upset about the fact that the app was not available in Chicago. But if you can use Google Arts & Culture, here's how to find and use its face-matching feature. If you are wondering how those users got access to that feature, we are here to help.

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A new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app reveals how a picture of your face may resemble a historical painting. Once installed, open the Opera VPN app. Click on "Switch location" under the Device Location tab, and select United States from the list. Simply connect to a VPN-virtual private network-of another region, like NY, where the feature is alive and well. The section says " Is your Portrait in a museum?".

After tapping "Get Started", Google warned me that it would send my selfies to Google.

. (And for those of you with privacy concerns, Google says submitted selfies are deleted as soon as a match is found.) Google classifies the feature as experimental, which seems appropriate since the matches range from frighteningly accurate to outright hilarious. You may need to tap through some menus to give the app access to your camera.

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The app also displays the percentage of match for each image. If the app has been downloaded before, users should update it to its latest 6.0.5 version.

One asterisk on the app is that it's not available in all areas, as a Google Spokesperson told SFGate that the app is limited to the United States, minus IL and Texas.

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Unfortunately, the app requires you take a selfie in real time, meaning no uploading embarrassing snaps of your friends you've saved on your camera roll for this objective (or, for me, my cats back home in Vermont).

Google Arts & Culture's art selfies are bringing fun back to the internet