How to do a reverse image search from your phone

Depending on the mobile browser you use, it may not be immediately obvious how to perform a reverse image search from your mobile device. The easiest solution we’ve found is to download and use Google’s free Chrome browser for iOS or Android. This particular browser has a quick and easy built-in method for performing reverse image searches.

We take a look at how you can do that in this simple explainer.

Reverse Image Search 101

Google’s “Search by Image” feature is a useful feature that performs reverse image search, allowing you to find related images by uploading an image or an image URL. This is done by using advanced algorithms to analyze the image you submitted and find others that look like it.

On a desktop, computer reverse image search is simple. Just go to images.google.com and click on the little camera icon in the search bar.


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You can now paste the URL of an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive, or drag an image into the search box.

Reverse image search on mobile device

If you want to perform reverse image searches on your iOS or Android phone or tablet, you need to download Google’s Chrome browser for iOS or Android.

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The browser is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Now, when you’re using the Chrome browser app on your phone and you find an image you want to search for, all you have to do is long press on the image.

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In the menu that will appear on your screen after long-pressing, just tap “Search Google for this image” and Google will run its smart “Search by Image” feature.

Michael C. Garrison