I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (2022)

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Charissa Cheong

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2022-08-02T10:00:10Z

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (1)

Charissa Cheong and Be Real
  • BeReal is a social media app that asks users to post unfiltered photos of themselves once a day.
  • It's meant to encourage people to be more authentic, instead of trying to present their best selves.
  • I tried BeReal, and though it took a while to get used to, I became a big fan of the app.
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Almost out of nowhere, everyone I know started talking about BeReal.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (2)

BeReal

A new photo-sharing social media app called BeReal has become the latest obsession for Gen Z.

I first heard about it from a friend, who said she was absolutely loving it and wanted our entire friendship group to start using it.

I was hesitant about downloading it because I already spend too much time on TikTok and have been trying to cut down my screen time. But as each of my friends started using BeReal, they began to rave about how fun it was to keep in touch with friends throughout the day on the app, so I eventually caved to the peer pressure and FOMO.

BeReal was invented in 2020, but it's been having a moment this year. According to trending news website Social Media Today, downloads of the app have risen by 315% since the beginning of the year, now ranking fourth in the list of most downloaded social media apps, behind Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

According to the app's description on Apple's App Store, BeReal encourages people to "show your friends who you really are, for once," by removing filters and opportunities to stage, over-think, or edit photos.

I decided to try BeReal for a week to see if it would live up to the hype.

My first day on BeReal was a bit of a shock to the system.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (3)

Charissa Cheong

When I first downloaded the app, it almost immediately asked me to post my first BeReal, giving me a two-minute countdown to take my picture. I very quickly got a sense of what the app was all about because I didn't have time to assess the lighting or fix my hair before having to take the shot.

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In my first post, I didn't realize it was going to take a picture with my back camera as well, so the view ended up being of my trash can and the slightly embarrassing but also very cute mug my friends bought me.

I was thankful that my post would only be visible to people I added as "friends" on the app, so no one else could see this rather unimpressive picture.

I wasn't a fan of the pressure to post your picture on time every day.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (4)

Charissa Cheong

One thing I really didn't like about BeReal is the way it notifies you when someone's photo has been posted after the two-minute notification has passed.

Even if you post just a few minutes late, the app notifies all your friends to let them know you've just made a "late" post, which to me, felt a bit like a mark of shame.

I aspired to post on time every day, feeling especially proud of myself when I managed to do so. However, this quickly created a lot of panic and inconvenience when the app notified me during the day at work, and I found myself trying to make a tea and take a cute picture at the same time, resulting in a lot of spillages and a blurry, unflattering picture.

The app forced me to accept a less-than-perfect image.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (5)

BeReal

When I tried to delete my unflattering BeReal post, I was given a list of options and asked to tick the reason I wanted to delete my picture.

According to the BeReal website, you can only delete your post once a day after you've posted it on your feed. While you can retake your BeReal as many times as you like during the two-minute countdown, once you've pressed "post," you can only delete and retake it once.

It seems the app is trying to discourage users from spending too much time on their posts by not allowing them to have multiple attempts.

I initially found this annoying because I'm so used to being able to take a selfie as many times as I want, but I eventually came to enjoy this feature as it allowed me to save screen time and not spend too long trying to take the perfect shot.

To interact with other people's posts, you have to get your face involved.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (6)

Charissa Cheong

To react to someone else's post on BeReal, you can't just hit a "heart" or "thumbs up" button.

Rather, you have to take a selfie of your face inside a circle template on the app. These are called "realmojis," where instead of commenting on someone's post with an emoji, your facial expression becomes an emoji in itself.

I had a lot of fun with these, as it felt like I could react to what my friends were doing in a more authentic and personal way by showing them my own face.

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I realized I could get creative with captions and comments.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (7)

BeReal

I initially thought BeReal was strictly for sharing photos, but after a few days, I realized I could also add a caption underneath my picture after it went live.

I started to really like this feature, as it allowed me to add context to my BeReal and explain what I was doing.

There's also a comments section under every person's post, where friends can chime in with their witty (or not so witty) remarks, making for a lot of wholesome fun all around.

The app serves as a nice photo album of daily memories.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (8)

BeReal

One of my favorite features on BeReal is the "profile" page, where you can see all your previous posts, which the app calls your "memories."

It felt a lot like 1 Second Everyday, another social media app that all my friends were obsessed with around two years ago, where users upload a one-second video of themselves every day and the app strings them all together into a film throughout the year.

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I never bothered with 1 Second Everyday because it felt like it would take a lot of effort to remember to post daily, and I knew I would be annoyed with myself if I missed one.

With BeReal, I don't feel a lot of pressure to post every day because there is no film or finished product to look forward to. I've gotten used to posting when I feel like it, and it's really nice to be able to look back on your "memories" and remember what you were doing on any given day.

Overall, I grew to really like BeReal, and will keep using it for as long as it stays relevant.

I tried BeReal, the buzzy photo-sharing app trying to stop people using filters, and after 7 days I was hooked (9)

Charissa Cheong

It definitely took me a few days to get used to BeReal's unique format. I kept getting frustrated that my pictures weren't as polished or aesthetic as I would usually want them to be, but I'm slowly starting to enjoy the fact that there's no pressure to look my best on the app.

I've also found that BeReal isn't an app I would spend hours procrastinating on. I usually post my picture, briefly scroll through and react to my friends' pictures, and then get on with the rest of my day. It has felt like a refreshing and healthy way to use social media that I've really come to appreciate.

I plan to keep using BeReal for as long as it stays relevant. In the past, trendy apps like Houseparty and Clubhouse have had big moments of popularity, but after a while, people around me have stopped using them, so I'm excited to see what happens in this case.

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FAQs

Can u delete a BeReal? ›

Go to your BeReal feed and tap on the three vertical dots icon next to your BeReal. Tap on Delete my BeReal, select why you want to delete it, and tap on the confirmation button. As the warning says, you can delete your photo only once, so be careful when you re-take the picture.

What happens if you miss your BeReal? ›

What happens if you miss a BeReal alert? You can still post, even if you miss the window. However, followers will be able to see that you posted late. If you retook a photo before posting it on the app, your followers will be able to see this too.

How does the BeReal app work? ›

How does BeReal work? The way BeReal works is it prompts users to take one unedited photo a day at a random time which changes daily. Users then have two minutes to take a photo and post it to the app before it's marked as “late”.

Can you see who screenshots your BeReal? ›

You will now see the “<Some> friends took a screenshot of your BeReal” message. The app won't show you who captured the screenshot unless you share your BeReal on other social apps.

How do I get rid of BeReal photo? ›

Here is how to delete your photo from Memories:
  1. Tap the account icon at the top right.
  2. In the calendar view, tap the image you want to delete.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right and then choose Delete from Memories.
19 Aug 2022

Why is my BeReal not working? ›

If BeReal is not working for you, check your internet connection, restart the app, and clear the app's data cache. BeReal is a relatively new social media app, and like any app, is prone to occasional glitches.

Can people see how many times you retake your BeReal? ›

In other words, you can retake your BeReal as many times as you like during the two-minute countdown. However, bear in mind that your friends will be able to see your retake count if they have that feature unlocked. Read more: What Time Is BeReal Today?

Do you have to post a BeReal every day? ›

A BeReal post is only allowed once a day, at an unpredictable time. The idea with BeReal is to provide a snapshot of what you are doing and how you feel at the moment the Time to BeReal notification comes in, so there's no pressure to create multiple posts throughout the day.

Does BeReal go off at the same time for everyone? ›

Unlike Instagram or VSCO, BeReal allows users to post just once at a random time of day. That time changes each day, but every BeReal user gets the notification at the same time, depending on their time zone (right now, American and European time zones are the only ones available).

Can't add people back on BeReal? ›

Try the following fixes and you should be able to accept requests again. First, go to your friends list and see if that person is already been added. Make sure the app is up-to-date. Kill the app, relaunch it and see if the issue is fixed.

Is BeReal a safe app? ›

BeReal is safe to use, as long as you're careful about who you send photos to. You should make sure not to include any personal or sensitive information inside of your BeReal photos. The BeReal app doesn't take more of your data than any other social media app, like Instagram or Snapchat.

Why can't I add people on BeReal? ›

What is this? In order to add a friend on BeReal, you have to open your profile and tap on the 'Add Friend' button to send them a friend request. However, due to an issue, the button refreshes but a request is not sent.

Can you block someone on BeReal? ›

Tap on the friends icon on the top left and select Friends. Tap on the friend you wish to block. Press the 3-dot icon on the top right. Select Remove friendship.

Does BeReal notify when you remove a friend? ›

The removed Friend will not be notified of your decision to unfriend them.

Does BeReal take both photos at the same time? ›

BeReal does not offer you the option to take two different pictures natively on the platform when capturing your BeReal. You instead need to be fast and trick the app during the image capturing process. Due to the way in which camera apps are coded, your device can only snap one picture at a time.

Will I lose my memories if I delete BeReal? ›

You can stop the BeReal app from saving your pictures to Memory by going to your profile, opening the three-dot menu, choosing Memories, and then tapping on “Deactivate Memories.” This will also delete all your existing memories on BeReal.

How do I delete BeReal 2 times? ›

Normally, the app only allows you to delete your post once a day after you've posted it on your feed. However, there is a trick that will allow you to delete your BeReal post twice. All you have to do is change your time zone in the settings and your current BeReal post will be automatically deleted.

Can you retake a BeReal after posting? ›

Just tap on it and you will be taken back to the camera where you can retake your BeReal. Be creative this time and take two front (selfie) pictures on BeReal. And before you post, you can change the privacy settings of the post to make your BeReal public and visible to all BeReal users.

How do I contact BeReal? ›

For any claim or dispute, the user is invited in priority to contact BeReal at contact@bere.al to reach an amicable solution.

How do I fix my real? ›

To Fix BeReal app issue, first uninstall and then reinstall the BeReal app. Sometime Uninstalling and Reinstalling the BeReal app will resolve the issue. So, First Uninstall the app from your phone after that re install again and check BeReal app is working or not. If still BeReal app not working then try other fixes.

How do you restart an app? ›

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  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the unresponsive app.
  4. Tap Force Stop.
  5. Tap Force Stop to confirm.
  6. Relaunch the app.
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How do you delete a retake on BeReal? ›

To delete a post, locate the three dots underneath your caption. Once you tap the menu, you'll be able to review retakes, comments, and Realmojis. Underneath, in the bottom right corner, you'll find the “Options” menu. There, you can choose “Delete my BeReal,” or “Cancel.”

Why will my BeReal notification not go away? ›

This is a bug affecting mostly iOS users where a pending notification that you received previously will remain in your notification center due to a bug. This will prevent the BeReal notification from going away and the notification badge on BeReal will be persistent.

Is BeReal a good app? ›

BeReal Is the Only Good Social Media App. For two minutes each day, friends post low-quality photos of whatever they're up to. It's a callback to when the internet was still messy—and fun.

What time does BeReal usually go off? ›

As we mentioned earlier, there is no way to precisely predict the BeReal time. However, we already know that the notifications are sent during the "normal waking hours," which are 7 AM to 12 PM.

Do BeReal photos disappear? ›

Photos disappear from BeReal after 24 hours. Who can see your pictures? BeReal shows your picture to your friends who have submitted their own BeReals by default. You can also choose to share your picture PUBLICLY, but only those who have also shared a BeReal picture during that day's picture window will see it.

Who is behind BeReal? ›

History. The app was developed by Alexis Barreyat, a former employee of GoPro, and Kevin Perreau. It gained popularity in early and mid 2022. It spread widely first on college campuses, partially due to a paid ambassador program.

What does Discovery mean on BeReal? ›

BeReal allows you to post your BeReals privately or publically. Public BeReals are posted in the Discovery tab and are visible to anyone using the social media platform. Users on BeReal can view and react to BeReals in the Discovery tab.

How do I log into BeReal account? ›

If you have deleted your BeReal within 15 days then you can easily login into your BeReal account simply by providing your name, Your date of birth and mobile number then you will get OTP on your number. Simply enter the OTP you received. You will able to login back into your BeReal account without loosing data.

Can anyone see my BeReal? ›

Privacy. Anything you post on BeReal is private by default and only visible to your friends. But you can share an image publicly in the Discovery timeline if you choose this option when posting.

Does BeReal track your location? ›

Use of the Service requires your consent to the collection of Geolocation Data. If you do not want BeReal to collect your Geolocation Data, you may refuse to give the Platform permission to access your location when you first open the application.

Is my BeReal public? ›

Is BeReal Public? By default, your BeReal is not public. The photos you share are only visible to your friends. However, it is possible to share your BeReal posts publicly.

How do I permanently delete BeReal? ›

How to delete your BeReal account on Android
  1. Start the BeReal app.
  2. Tap your account icon at the top right.
  3. Tap the three-dot menu that appears in place of your account icon.
  4. Tap Contact us.
  5. Tap Delete my account. ...
  6. You can optionally indicate why you want to cancel your account, then tap Yes, I'm sure.
21 Sept 2022

Will deleting BeReal delete memories? ›

You can stop the BeReal app from saving your pictures to Memory by going to your profile, opening the three-dot menu, choosing Memories, and then tapping on “Deactivate Memories.” This will also delete all your existing memories on BeReal.

Can you retake a BeReal after posting? ›

Just tap on it and you will be taken back to the camera where you can retake your BeReal. Be creative this time and take two front (selfie) pictures on BeReal. And before you post, you can change the privacy settings of the post to make your BeReal public and visible to all BeReal users.

How do I get rid of BeReal more than once a day? ›

Normally, the app only allows you to delete your post once a day after you've posted it on your feed. However, there is a trick that will allow you to delete your BeReal post twice. All you have to do is change your time zone in the settings and your current BeReal post will be automatically deleted.

How do I contact BeReal? ›

For any claim or dispute, the user is invited in priority to contact BeReal at contact@bere.al to reach an amicable solution.

Can you block someone on BeReal? ›

Tap on the friends icon on the top left and select Friends. Tap on the friend you wish to block. Press the 3-dot icon on the top right. Select Remove friendship.

How do I get my BeReal account back? ›

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How long does a BeReal post last? ›

Do BeReal Posts Expire? BeReal posts can only be seen in the app by your friends for one day. Of course, anyone that can see the post can also take a screenshot and save it in a photo library or share it with others. That means pictures taken with BeReal might still be available to others and found online later.

Can people see how many times you retake your BeReal? ›

In other words, you can retake your BeReal as many times as you like during the two-minute countdown. However, bear in mind that your friends will be able to see your retake count if they have that feature unlocked. Read more: What Time Is BeReal Today?

How do you delete and retake a BeReal? ›

How to Delete a BeReal Post or Memory - YouTube

Why won't my BeReal delete? ›

You can only delete your BeReal once a day, so you might want to use it wisely. Once you share a post, you have the option to delete the post so that no one else can see it. So, if you share a BeReal post, delete it, and then share another BeReal post, you won't have the option to delete the second post you shared.

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