Here’s How to Perform a Reverse Image Search on an iPhone

If you’re trying to find the source of an unknown movie screenshot you found on Twitter, or a high-res version of an image, your best bet is to run a reverse image search. But while performing a reverse image search on a desktop or laptop couldn’t be easier, things aren’t quite so simple on an iPhone.

However, there are a few search options available to you. Here’s everything you need to know to perform a reverse image search on your iPhone.

How to Reverse Image Search with Safari

If Safari is your preferred web browser, there are a few steps you need to follow if you want to perform a reverse image search.

First, you need to open the Google Image search page (it’s important that it’s not the standard Google search). Once there, select the “aA” button in the upper left corner of your iPhone screen and select “Request Desktop Website”.

Once you’re on the desktop version of Google Image, head to the search bar and tap the camera icon. This will give you a search window that will allow you to paste the image URL or upload an image directly from your phone.

How to Reverse Image Search with Chrome

If you’re using Chrome as your mobile web browser, Google reverse image search is a bit easier.

When you come across an image in the wild, all you have to do is hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears, then select the “Find this image on Google” option. This selection will open a new tab with the results.

You can also take the image URL and copy it into a Google Image search bar.

Use a reverse image search engine

It’s probably no surprise that there are websites solely dedicated to reverse image searches. TinEye in particular is a pretty reliable reverse image search engine and deserves a spot in your iPhone bookmarks.

Its interface is very similar to Google’s – all you have to do is paste the image URL or upload it from your iPhone and the site will automatically crawl over 48 billion images.

TinEye will also allow you to sort the image by size and post date, as well as allowing you to filter search options by website.

Apps That Can Help You Perform a Reverse Lookup

Not just using a web browser to find your images? Well, there’s an app for that.

Reversee is a free application that will browse the Google Images database. It might seem like a somewhat irrelevant middleman to get the same result as doing the same search in your iPhone’s web browser, but Reversee also gives you the option to crop and rotate the image before to research.

Another free app is Photo Sherlock, which also crawls image databases for Google and Yandex. Photo Sherlock reviews seem uniformly positive, this user also had an issue with:

Hopefully your image search results are a bit more fruitful.

Michael C. Garrison