Face API

An AI service that analyses faces in images

Deliver low-friction, state-of-the-art facial recognition

Embed facial recognition into your apps for a seamless and highly secured user experience. No machine-learning expertise is required. Features include face detection that perceives facial features and attributes – such as a face mask, glasses or facial hair – in an image, and identification of a person by a match to your private repository or via photo ID.

Advanced facial recognition

Verify identity or control access with ready-for-scale face recognition.

Easy to use

Add facial recognition to your apps – all through a single API call.

Privacy first

Maintain exclusive control over data. The service doesn’t save images.

Built-in security

Rely on enterprise-grade security and privacy applied to both your data and any trained models.

Apply facial recognition to a range of scenarios

Detect, identify and analyse faces in images and videos. Build on this technology to support various scenarios – for example, introduce new users by verifying their identity, authenticate users for access control or redact faces from images.

See how it works

Face verification

Check the likelihood that two faces belong to the same person and receive a confidence score.

Verification result: The two faces belong to the same person. Confidence is 0.83046.

Face detection

Detect one or more human faces along with attributes such as pose, face coverings and facial hair, including 27 landmarks for each face in the image.

Get to market quickly

With Face, there’s no need to build facial recognition from scratch. All it takes is a single API call to deliver these capabilities in your apps.

Learn more about face documentation

You control your data

The service doesn’t save images and you have exclusive control over data.

Learn more about compliance and privacy

Built on industry-leading Azure security

Get accurate facial recognition at competitive prices

Pay as you go based on the number of transactions, with no upfront costs.

Get started with Face

Get instant access and $200 credit by creating your Azure free account.

Sign in to the Azure portal and add Face.

Learn how to embed facial recognition with five-minute quickstart tutorials and documentation.

Documentation and resources

Getting started

Browse the documentation

Take the Microsoft Learn course about Face

Guidance

Get clear guidance on the proper use of facial recognition to help ensure that it fits your goals and achieves accurate results.

Read the Face API transparency note

Trusted by companies of all sizes

"By enhancing our service with the Face API, we have a competitive advantage in markets that demand a high degree of facial detection accuracy."

Daniel Amitai: Vice President of Business Development | Cloudinary
Cloudinary

"Because the Cognitive Services APIs harness the power of machine learning, we were able to bring advanced intelligence into our product without the need to have a team of data scientists on hand."

Aaron Edell: Chief Product Owner | GrayMeta
GrayMeta

"We found Cognitive Services to be the missing piece in the equation, the one that we needed to bring this solution to market and really revolutionize the way people look at video."

Katie McCann: Vice President of Product and Engineering | Prism Skylabs
Prism Skylabs

"Thousands of partners sign into our platform every hour. The response time from the Face API is incredible, enabling us to verify our drivers without slowing them down."

Dima Kovalev: Product Manager | Uber
Uber

"It didn't take us long to realize Microsoft Cognitive Services had handed us a powerful set of computer-vision and artificial-intelligence tools that we could use to create great apps and new features for our customers in just a few hours."

John Fan: Cofounder and CEO | Cardinal Blue Software
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"Using the Cognitive Services APIs, it took us three months to develop a test pair of glasses that can translate text and images into speech, identify emotions, and describe scenery. If we had been working full time, we could have done it in two weeks."

Benoit Chirouter: R&D Director | Pivothead
Pivothead

Frequently asked questions about Face

  • Face and other Azure Cognitive Services offerings guarantee 99.9-per cent availability. No SLA is provided for the Free pricing tier. See SLA details.
  • No, your images are automatically deleted after processing. Read our compliance and privacy policy.

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