How to Reverse Image Search on iPhone in 2021 (Guide)

There can be all sorts of reasons why you might need to reverse image search on your iPhone. Maybe you want detailed information about an image, including the source and associated history, or you’re looking to verify the authenticity of a photo you found online. Whatever your reason, there are several ways to perform a reverse image search on an iOS device. Follow the steps below to learn how to reverse image search on your iPhone or iPad.

How to Reverse Image Search on iPhone

Thanks to Google Images, performing a reverse image search on iOS only takes a few steps. Notably, it not only works in Google Chrome but also in Safari. If you want a little more flexibility or prefer to use an app designed for the task, there are plenty of reverse image search apps available for iPhone and iPad. That said, let’s start with the steps!

How to Use Google Reverse Image Search on Safari

To perform a reverse image search on Safari, you must first ask the desktop website to access the Google Images reverse search tool. As iOS 14 has simplified the task of switching between desktop and mobile version, you will no longer have to opt for a workaround.

  1. To throw Safari on your iOS device and go to images.google.com.

2. Now press the ‘aA’ button located in the upper left corner of the address bar.

press the player mode button

3. Then select ‘Request Desktop Website’ in the pop-up menu that appears.

Request a desktop website

4. Now the desktop version of Google Images will appear with the reverse search option in the search bar. Tap the camera icon found in the search bar.

Tap Camera Icon - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

5. Then you can search by pasting the image URL or uploading an image from your iPhone gallery. If you want to reverse search for an image stored on your iOS device, press the “Upload image” button.

Upload an image

6. Then press ‘Choose File’ and select the image from your photo library.

Choose file

7. For this article, I will reverse search the Taj Mahal image from my photo library. Go to your Camera Roll/Albums to select the image you want to upload. You can also choose to click on a photo or video to immediately reverse image search on your iPhone.

Choose Photo from Camera Roll - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

8. As soon as you upload the image, Google will automatically start the reverse image search and display the image information.

Find Image Information - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

Note that you also have the option of fFind more sizes of the same image. To do this, you just need to choose one of the sizes located next to the image result. Google will then show you all the available size options.

How to Reverse Image Search on iPhone Using Chrome

Performing a reverse image search on iOS using Google Chrome is a bit easier because the browser doesn’t require you to upgrade to the desktop version.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Chromium Web browser.

Open Google Chrome

2. Now, go to a webpage and open any image you want to reverse search for.

Open picture

3. Next, touch and hold an image. A context menu will then appear which will allow you to directly search for the image online. Tap the “Search this image on Google” option. If you want a higher resolution variant of the image, tap ‘More sizes’ to see relevant results.

Access information from an image-reverse-search - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

How to Reverse Image Search Using Reversee App on iPhone and iPad

There are a ton of reverse image search apps available on the Apple App Store. So, if you don’t want to use Safari or Chrome and feel like using a full-fledged app designed for that purpose, you should try some of these reverse image search apps for iPhone.

The apps that I would recommend to you are Reverse Image Search (Free, $3.99 for Pro version), Reversee (Free, $3.99 for Pro version) and Reverse Image Search Tool (Free, in-app purchases available).

In this guide, I will walk you through the steps of using Reversee. Since the steps are the same for all these apps, you won’t encounter any problems.

  1. Launch it Reverse app on your iPhone or iPad.

Reversee App on iPhone - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

2. Now you can either paste a link to the image or choose an image from your camera roll.

Use the Reversee app on iPhone and iPad

3. This time I will paste the link. Copy the link of an image (long press on an image then choose “Copy” from the context menu). Note that the moment you press ‘Pastry’, Reversee will paste the link from Safari to speed up your task.

Reverse pasted from Safari

3. Now press ‘To look for’ at the top right of the screen to access essential image information. The app also relies on Google Image

Find Essential Information of an Image - Reverse Image Search on iPhone

Reverse Image Search: Supported iPhone Models

It should be pointed out that the reverse image search methods explained above work on any iPhone, regardless of the model number. For example, you can use these methods on the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 7 (model numbers: A1660, A1778, A1779), iPhone 7 Plus (model numbers: A1661, A1784, A1785),
  • iPhone 8 (model numbers: A1863, A1906),
  • iPhone 8 Plus (model numbers: A1864, A1897, A1898),
  • iPhone X (model numbers: A1865, A1901, A1902),
  • iPhone XR (A1984, A2105, A2106, A2107, A2108),
  • iPhone XS (model numbers: A1920, A2097, A2098 (Japan), A2099, A2100),
  • iPhone XS Max (model numbers: A1921, A2101, A2102 (Japan), A2103, A2104),
  • iPhone 11 (model numbers: A2111, A2223, A2221),
  • iPhone 11 Pro (model numbers: A2160, A2217, A2215),
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (model numbers: A2161, A2220, A2218),
  • iPhone SE 2020 (model numbers: A2275, A2298, A2296),
  • iPhone 12 mini (model numbers: A2176, A2398, A2400, A2399),
  • iPhone 12 (model numbers: A2172, A2402, A2404, A2403),
  • iPhone 12 Pro (model numbers: A2341, A2406, A2408, A2407) and
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (Model Numbers: A2342, A2410, A2412, A2411).

Reverse Image Search with Ease on iPhone and iPad

That’s all we can say about it! Now that you know several ways to perform reverse image search on iPhone and iPad, you can now easily access the source of an image or related information. As for which method you should choose to use regularly, it depends on your convenience. I would suggest using Google Chrome as all you need to do is long press on an image and select an option to perform the reverse search. Which of these three methods will you use? Be sure to share your thoughts and comments with us in the comments section below.

Michael C. Garrison