Reverse image search is one of the best innovations of recent years. Finding the elusive source of a photo or picture can save hours of trying to figure out which exact combination of search terms will get you results. Trying to use a reverse image search on a mobile device has been a big pain for many users.
This handy guide will help you embrace the wonders of reverse image search no matter what device you’re using.
How to reverse search an image using Chrome
If you’re using Chrome on Android or iOS, it’s very easy to perform a reverse image search. Here’s how:
- Navigate to the image in question in the Chrome browser.
- Tap and hold on the image until a menu of options pops up.
- Tap on Search Google for This Image.
- Take a look at the results.
How to reverse search an image on an Android phone
But what if someone sent you the image or you already have it downloaded on your phone? Don’t worry, there’s a way to upload it to perform a reverse image search, it’s just a bit more hassle. This next method will work with any browser on Android.
To upload an image to perform the reverse image search on, you need to get to the desktop version of Google’s image search. Here’s how:
- Go to images.google.com in your browser.
- You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to request it. In Chrome, tap the three dots at the top right to open the More menu.
- Tick the Desktop site option.
- Tap on the small camera icon to get the option to upload an image.
How to reverse search an image on an iPhone
You can do the same thing in iOS, but the route is slightly different. Here’s how:
- Go to images.google.com in your browser.
- You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to request it. In Safari, tap the Share icon, with the arrow pointing up, to open the share menu. If using Chrome, tap the More icon at the bottom-right of the screen (it resembles three horizontal dots).
- Scroll along the bottom options until you find Request Desktop Site and tap it.
- Tap on the tiny camera icon to get the option to upload an image.
How to reverse image search using a website
You have a few more options if you want to perform a reverse image search, regardless of which mobile platform or web browser you’re using. Here is a website that will help you perform a reverse image search:
- In your web browser of choice, navigate to tineye.com.
- Tap the arrow icon to the left of the search box to upload a picture.
- You can choose to take a picture using your device’s camera, pick an image from your device’s photo gallery, or browse for another location. The options you’ll get are slightly different depending on your phone.
- Once your picture is uploaded, which can take a few seconds, you’ll see any matches found.
How to use an app to perform a reverse image search
There are lots of apps that will allow you to perform a reverse image search in Android or iOS, all of which can spare you from having to open your browser every time you want to look up a picture. Here are a few of the best.
This app enables you to upload an image from your gallery or snap a photo and perform a quick reverse image search in Google and Yandex. It’s straightforward and easy to use — simply tap the gallery or camera icon at the bottom, crop if you want to, and perform the search to find out where the image came from.
Initially available only on Pixel smartphones, Google Lens now features in the Google Photos app for iOS and Android. You can download Google Photos via the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, depending on your smartphone. Once downloaded, you can perform a reverse image search on saved photos and images by opening the Google Photos app, selecting the desired photo, and then tapping the Google Lens icon at the bottom of the screen.
Reversee is a decent option for iPhone owners that allows you to rotate and crop images before you search. It also works as an iOS extension, so you can use it within apps like Photos, Safari, and Chrome. The pro version comes with a host of additional features and no advertisements, allowing you to edit images, search multiple engines (Google, Bing, and Yandex), paste image URLs, and gather detailed info about the images that appear in your results.
Search By Image
Like Reversee, the Search By Image app for Android lets you make simple edits to your images before using them for search purposes. It has every feature you would want in a reverse image search app, including support for Google, Yandex, and Tineye, as well as the ability to open shared images directly from Facebook or Twitter. You can get rid of the ads with a one-off payment.