Google replaces Chrome’s reverse image search option with Google Lens
Google Chrome users who recently used the built-in reverse image search option in their web browser may have discovered that Google removed the option from Chrome. Right-clicking on the images brings up the new “Find an image with Google Lens” option in the browser and no longer the “Find an image” option.
Reverse Image Search Loading the Google Images site with the search results. It’s possible to go there manually to start an image search by uploading it to the service, but it requires several manual steps rather than just two clicks in Chrome.
After the reverse image search is complete, users can use the Google Lens link instead. Google Lens is not a reverse image search option, as it is designed to provide users with relevant context and information. The Lens website highlights visual matches and links to pages with similar images. Results are limited and links to Google Images for a full list of similar images and pages with this content.
Users can click the “See all” link on the page or scroll down to activate the “Try it out” link, which also opens the Google Images site.
There is no longer an option to restore the classic reverse image search functionality in Chrome. Chrome users can install extensions, such as Image Search and Reverse Image Search or Huntress Reverse Image Search. All of these extensions add options to Chrome to search for an image on Google Images.
Another option for Chrome users is to switch to the Vivaldi browser. Vivaldi, which is also Chromium-based, supports image search option in its latest version. The option appears in the browser’s context menu when users right-click on images displayed in the web browser.
Reverse image searches are useful for a number of use cases. Website owners, photographers, and copyright holders can use search engines to find third-party web pages that use images. Internet users can use it to find larger versions of images, for example, to use as background images or to get a copy with more detail.
Why did Google remove the option?
Google did not provide an explanation. Since the original image search option has been replaced by Google Lens, it seems likely that the company wants to push the use of Google Lens by exposing the service to more users. Chrome users who have used the reverse image search option to find out more about an image may like the new option because it provides more context around an image than Google Images.
Now you: Do the engines use reverse image search? What do you think of replacing the option with Chrome?