How many times have you had a situation where you see an image and want to know its source? It has happened to me more than a few times, and it does get annoying. Performing a reverse image search online is very easy.
Say you find one of the images that you’ve clicked on the web and wish to know where else it has been used — with or without your consent — reverse image search can prove to be a useful tool.
You can get hundreds of results related to your image. You can know things like the number of websites the image is being used on, or the different threads related to it and everything that Google has to offer.
Yes, that is right! Google offers a feature on its Google Images page, which has made reverse searching an image effortless.
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How to reverse search image on PC?
Step 1: Open Google Chrome or any other browser. Type images.google.com in the search bar to open Google Images. |OR| Type google.com in the search bar and look for the Images tab on the right top corner of the screen.
Step 2: Click on the camera icon shown in the search bar on the Google Images Homepage.
Step 3: You will see an option to paste a URL of a picture or upload a photo from your local drive. Choose the desired one and click on search by image.
You will have a list of other similar images and websites that are related to the searched image. An important thing to note though is that images from social networks such as Instagram or Twitter don’t show up in the reverse image search results. It will show you results from sites like LinkedIn and Pinterest though.
How to reverse search image on Android?
Similar to the method above, to reverse search an image on Android, go to a browser of your choice and search images.google.com. Here you won’t see the camera icon on the search panel. All you need to do is tap on the ‘three-dot’ menu on the top right of the browser, search and tap on ‘Desktop site/Request desktop site’. Now you’ll be able to see the camera icon on the search bar, tap on it and either upload an image or paste the URL of the image to initiate the reverse search.
How to reverse search image on iPhone
Reverse searching an image on iPhone using Google Chrome browser is the same as reverse searching on Android. However, if you’re looking to reverse search an image on an iPhone or iPad using Safari, read on to find out.
Just like reverse searching an image on PC and Android, you’ll need to open images.google.com. Here too you won’t see the camera icon immediately. For that, tap on the share button (the one bang in the middle of the bottom bar), swipe left till you find ‘Request Desktop Site’ and tap on that. Now you’ll be able to see the camera icon on the search bar, tap on it and either upload an image or paste the URL of the image to initiate the reverse search.
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