Reverse Google Image Search: iPhone, Android, Computer

  • Google’s reverse image search allows you to search with an image instead of written keywords.
  • When you reverse image search, Google finds websites, images, and information related to your photo.
  • You can perform a Google reverse image search on iPhone or Android with the Chrome mobile app, or on any computer.
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Google Images is a great place to search for images and photos by typing relevant keywords. But you can also search Google using an image — called a reverse image search — to get more information about a specific photo or graphic.

Here’s why you might want to use it and how to perform a Google reverse image search on a desktop web browser or the Google Chrome mobile app on your iPhone or Android.

What is a reverse image search?

When you do a reverse image search on Google, you put a photo or a link to a photo in the search bar instead of a text query. Google then finds websites featuring your image as well as related images.

Google Images also detects the subject of your photo and displays other websites related to the subject of your image.

Google Reverse Image Search on iPhone or Android

First, you will need to download the Google Chrome mobile app to perform reverse image search on your mobile device.

Then you can reverse image search on iPhone or Android using a photo from the internet or a photo from your camera roll. Here’s how.

To perform a reverse search using an image from the Internet

1. Open images.google.com in the Chrome app on your iPhone or Android.

2. Describe the image you want to search for. For example, you can type “cat tuxedo”.

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Type the type of image you are looking for in the search bar.

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3. Tap the search icon. Chrome will give you images that match your search terms.

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Google Images will display the photos based on your query.

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4. Select an image from the search results by tapping on it to enlarge it. Hold your finger on the image until a menu appears.

5. Choose “Find this image on Google” from the pop-up menu to search for similar images and related pages.

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Hold your finger on the image and select “Find this image on Google” in the pop-up window.

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6. Search results will default to images only. Tap the categories above your search to see all sites, videos, or news related to your search term.

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The results page will display different types of content related to your image search.

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To perform a reverse search using an image of your files:

1. Open images.google.com on the Chrome app.

2. Tap the three horizontal dots icon in the lower right corner.

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Tap the icon in the lower right corner.

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3. From the context menu, scroll down and select “Request desktop site”.

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Find the “Request desktop site” option and select it.

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4. Now the Google Images page will look like a desktop browser. In the Google search bar, tap the camera icon.

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Tap the camera icon.

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5. Select “Upload Image” and press “Choose File”. You can also choose to “Paste Image URL”.

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Select the “Upload Image” tab and press “Choose File”.

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6. From the “Choose File” drop-down menu, you can select “Photo Library”, “Take Photo or Video”, or “Browse”. Select “Photo Library” to choose an image from your camera roll.

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Select “Photo Library” from the pop-up menu.

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7. Select an image from your camera roll and tap “Choose” in the lower right corner.

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Select an image from your camera roll and press “Choose”.

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8. You will then be redirected to a page with similar images or image information.

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Google will show you similar content to the image you uploaded.

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Google reverse image search on computer

You can perform a more robust Google reverse image search on your computer by uploading a file from your computer or by searching for an image you find on the web. Google Images works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers.

To perform a reverse search using an image of your files

1. Open images.google.com in a web browser — it doesn’t have to be in Chrome.

2. Click the camera icon to initiate a reverse image search.

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Click the camera icon to upload an image.

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3. Select the “Upload Image” tab, then select “Choose File” to browse your files and choose an image to search for. Or drag and drop an image file into the browser window.

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In the “Upload image” tab, select “Choose file”.

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4. Find an image in your files, click on it, then select “Open”.

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Find an image on your computer and press “Open.”

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5. You will then be redirected to a page with similar images or image information.

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Google will display results related to your image search.

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To perform a reverse search using an image from the Internet

1. Find the image you want in Google and right-click on it.

2. Choose “Copy Image Address” from the pop-up window.

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Right-click on the image and select “Copy Image Address” from the context menu.

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3. Open images.google.com in a web browser.

4. Click the camera icon to initiate a reverse image search.

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Click the camera icon to upload an image.

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5. Select the “Paste Image URL” tab and paste the URL.

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On the “Paste Image URL” tab, paste your image link into the text box.

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6. Click the “Search by Image” button and you will be taken to a page of results related to your image.

It is also possible to perform a reverse image search on Google on your computer in two other ways.

You can use the “Upload Image” tab to drag and drop an image into the search field. Or, on the Google Images search results page, right-click on an image and choose “Search Google Image”. This will open a new tab with the search results.

Michael C. Garrison