Google’s Reverse Image Search is one of the best ways to discover the source for an image. Or an online profile of someone you are trying to get in touch with. Or the origin of a meme you love. It is an entirely new way to explore the web.
I often use it to find related presentation templates or just better resolution versions of images, and the visual search is a huge help for these kinds of searches.
How to Reverse Image Search (Desktop)
There are four ways to do a Google reverse image search on a desktop:
- Click the camera icon, then select Upload an image.
- Drag-and-drop an image from the web or your computer into the search box.
- Right-click the image to copy the URL. On images.google.com, click the camera icon and Paste image URL.
- Install the Chrome extension or the Firefox extension [No Longer Available]. Then, right-click an image on the web to search with Google.
How to Reverse Image Search (Mobile)
On the smartphone or on a tablet, the process is a bit different because we rely on screen taps. But it is just as simple. Let’s check it out with the Chrome browser for Android and iOS.
Tap on the photo and open it in full-screen view.
Now, press and hold your finger on the screen and choose Search Google for this image from the menu.
Google displays the results with the pages where it has found the image. This looks like the best way, but Google offers two more methods for you to choose from:
- Switch to the desktop version of the site. Tap on the menu button (top-right) and select Request Desktop Site. On the desktop version of the page, tap the camera icon in the search bar. Choose a file to upload from your photo gallery or from an online file-storage site.
- From the same menu on the desktop version of Google Image Search, you can take a photo and upload it directly for identification. The identification isn’t perfect always, but it is worth a try.
Why do you use a reverse image search? Is there any other tool you prefer, like Bing or TinEye?