5 Apps Like The Google Arts & Culture App That Will Find Your Secret Doppelganger
Step aside, BitMoji and Candy Crush. There's a new app in town, and even Hollywood's biggest celebs are obsessed with it. The Google Arts & Culture app won't help you find just any old twin. Oh no. It finds your art museum twin — your 1700s look-alike featured in a portrait hanging in a museum somewhere. Not only does it give you an excuse to take more selfies, but your art history game is going to be #onfleek. If you're as fascinated with finding your twin as I am, you're going to love these other websites and apps you can find your doppelgänger on. That's right — Google's app isn't the only one that will match you up with your long lost twin.
Some people believe we all have a twin. I certainly do. One time, at volleyball camp, I sat across the court from a girl who looked so much like me, I thought I was either delusional or my parents were keeping a secret from me. But according to science, it's actually kind feasible that we all have a doppelgänger. In fact, there could be more than one person on this planet we bear a striking resemblance to. Here's why.
Two totally random strangers are still going to share around 99.5 percent of their gene sequence. Out of the other 0.5 percent, there are about 16 million pairs of DNA that account for our many individual variations. Still, it's undoubtedly small in comparison to all that we share.
Considering the many similarities we humans share with each other on a genetic level, could it honestly be that hard to find your twin? Maybe, maybe not. With an open mind, I went on a mission to find other apps and websites that will help you find your doppelgänger. For reference, this is the image I used, mainly because it's the one selfie where I don't look like a complete potato.
Some of the apps promised to find my celebrity twin (oh boy!), while others would scan faces of Average Joes like me. On a scale of 1 to What The Hell Were You People Thinking, I set the bar pretty low to try to avoid disappointment.
It didn't work.
1. Celebrity Look Alike
My search began in the app store, and most of the results that showed up were for celebrity look-alikes, so I started with an app very appropriately named... Celebrity Look Alike. First, you have to upload a photo. Then it asks you to choose a category, like celebrity chefs or supermodels. I was planning on going with supermodels, because I like to believe I'm a dead ringer for Kate Upton, minus the perfect face and gorgeous body and enormous bank account. But other than that, dead ringer.
Ultimately, though, I switched it up and went with a category called Real Housewives. Celebrity Look Alike matched me with Danielle Staub. I'm not sure who she is, but I do fancy a good pair of hoop earrings.
Not a bad start! Let's continue.
Similar to Celebrity Look Alike, Looky matches you with your celebrity doppelgänger. "Okay, this time, I'll get matched with Kate Upton," I said aloud to no one in particular. But Looky had other plans. I anxiously watched as the page loaded, hoping it didn't match me with Sloth from The Goonies. To my shock and dismay, my doppelgänger was the talented, gorgeous, and utterly perfect in every way Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Don't you see the resemblance? Me too.
... Are you laughing?
Things were looking up, and I was feeling rather optimistic. Who'd I get matched with next? Gisele Bündchen? Angelina Jolie? Gal Gadot?
I thought we were off to a good start, there. Considering how things could have gone, I wasn't too disappointed with Danielle Staub and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. I should've known better than to get my hopes up, though, because Twinlets had something else in mind for me. According to their website, they run your face against the 150 million people in their database to find your twin. And this is the best they could do?
I tried it twice, thinking the first time, it must have been glitchy or just made a terrible, terrible mistake. But then it kept making the same mistake, and, well, my teeth look nothing like that. I do not accept.
4. Find My Doppelganger
I was ready to give up on finding my twin until I stumbled upon Find My Doppelgänger. A shred of hope glimmered inside of me. I created an account and uploaded my selfie. Before they'll help you find your twinsie, you must help others first. Find My Doppelgänger requires you to vote on at least 10 people and choose, out of two options, who they look like most. Some of the results were actually pretty spot-on, leading me to believe the website might find another Megan somewhere out there. The website tells you to give it some time to find your match, so I moved on in my search and revisited later on in the morning.
Later on in the morning...
I excitedly revisited the page. It still had me logged in, so I clicked the button that would take me to the results page, and... it told me I needed to vote before it would start searching. "Nonsense," I said. "I already did this part." So, I did what any rational human being would do, and logged out to log back in. Except the log-in button mysteriously disappeared, and now I can't do anything.
F+ for you, Find My Doppelgänger. Now I might never meet my doppelgänger.
5. I Look Like You
I needed some good news, and fast; but I didn't immediately get it. I Look Like You was malfunctioning so much that it took a few attempts before I was able to get it to work. I ended up needing to use an entirely new photo, so I picked the above headshot. I Look Like You was only able to find a 24 percent match at best, and I'm not entirely convinced a random human of Brugge, Belgium is my doppelgänger. Still, I'm more concerned about the guy who made it into the mix. Really, people? At the end of the day, I'm mainly relieved it didn't match me with the same guy from Twinlets.