How to Restore Right-Click Reverse Image Search in Chrome

Google recently added Google Lens to its Chrome desktop web browser. Although this is a great tool, it replaced the “Find image on Google” option when right-clicking on a photo. Here’s a guide on how to continue doing reverse image searches with a right click if you’ve lost it.

The power of reverse image searches

Doing a reverse image search with Google Images is a powerful way to both locate the source of an image and find other instances of it on the Internet.

If you find an uncredited photo online, you can directly google the photo to find out who the creator was where it may have first been posted.

And if you’re a photographer or creative yourself, performing a reverse image search on your own work can help you find all the places where images appear on the internet, possibly revealing unauthorized uses (i.e. say copyright infringement) that you can take action on.

While one could still visit Google Images directly and download an image to search for it, the ability to search an image directly by right-clicking on it was a useful alternative option that was unfortunately replaced when Google Lens was integrated into Chrome at the end of 2021.

Solution #1: Reverse Image Search via Google Lens

Although Google Lens is not a reverse image search tool, it allows you to find out more about things seen in visual content – Google hasn’t completely removed the ability to right-click reverse search.

If you just leave the Google Lens option untouched in your context menu, you can still just click on it.

You’ll be taken to a results page where Google Lens will share matches for what the image contains (instead of what the image looks like exactly).

However, if you scroll to the bottom of the Google Lens results, you’ll find a secondary option of searching for the same image via the classic Google Images reverse image search.

“Did not find what you were looking for ?” the bed option. “Try again with Google Images.”

Clicking the “Try” button will take you to “old” Google Images results that match both image content and visual similarity.

Click on any of the links under “Find other sizes of this image” to find all instances of the photo indexed by Google on the web.

Solution #2: Remove Google Lens to Restore Reverse Image Search

If you want to completely get rid of the Google Lens option and bring back the “Find Image in Google” right-click option, that’s also easy to do. It’s simple a Chrome flag that you can turn on and off.

First, enter chrome://flags/ in your Chrome search/address bar and hit enter, then scroll down to Search your screen with Google Lens Entrance. Alternatively, you can enter directly chrome://flags/#enable-lens-region-search in your search bar.

Choose “Disabled” from the drop-down menu.

Once you’ve made the change, Chrome will tell you that the “changes will take effect the next time you relaunch Chrome” and give you the option to relaunch. Once you relaunch Chrome, you’ll find that the “Find Image on Google” option has been restored to your context menu.

So ! Doing a reverse image search of any photo is again as easy as a simple right click!

Michael C. Garrison