How to Restore Right-Click Reverse Image Search in Google Chrome – Phandroid

One of the features of Google Chrome is that it allows users to perform reverse image search simply by right-clicking on a photo and searching for it. This made it incredibly easy to find an image online without having to manually upload a photo to the search engine.

For some reason, Google has since replaced this feature in Chrome with Google Lens. For the most part, using Google Lens to perform a reverse image search is more or less the same as the old method, except it’s been slightly “upgraded” with some features that are part of Lens .

If you prefer the old way without all the fancy features that come with Lens, here’s how to bring it back.

Bring back reverse image search with right click in Chrome

  1. Launch Chromium
  2. Walk in chrome://flags/#enable-lens-region-search in the address bar
  3. press enter
  4. Click on the drop-down menu and select disabled
  5. Now when you right click on an image in Chrome you will no longer see the option to use Google Lens

Google Lens versus reverse image search

Now some of you might be wondering what is the difference between Google Lens and reverse image search? We understand the confusion because, for the most part, it looks like Google Lens is doing the same thing, but there are some slight differences.

What Google Lens does is it studies and analyzes the image you have selected. It searches for things like objects and text, then tries to find visual matches. This means that sometimes the results will not be what you expected. For example, if you’re trying to search for an item of clothing and want to see other similar items, Google Lens might be a good way to do that.

But if you’re trying to reverse image search to see where the particular image came from, maybe you’re trying to trace it to credit the original owner, see if it’s used elsewhere, etc., so that’s where Google Lens falls short.

Both Google Lens and reverse image search have their pros and cons depending on what you want to do, so if you just want reverse search, follow the steps above to bring the feature back to Chrome.

Michael C. Garrison