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How to reverse image search on Google to find information related to a specific photo

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 31 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60638be021887500193e8451-2400/GettyImages-1064542188.jpg" border="0" alt="photographer phone laptop looking at images" data-mce-source="zeljkosantrac/Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/google" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google</a> Images is a great place to search for pictures and photos by typing in relevant keywords. But you can also search Google using an imagecalled a reverse image searchto find out more information about a specific photo or graphic.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Quick tip:</strong> Though Google Images is free and easy to use, you can also try other reverse image search tools with more advanced capabilities, like <a href="https://www.tineye.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TinEye</a>.&nbsp;</p></aside><p>Here's why you might want to use it and how to Google reverse image search on a desktop web browser or the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/google-chrome" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Chrome</a> mobile app on your iPhone or Android.&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>What is a reverse image search'</strong></h2><p>When you do a reverse image search on Google, you place 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.</p><p>Google Images also detects the subject of your photo and brings up other websites related to your image topic.&nbsp;</p><aside class="breakout-box headline-regular"><h2><strong>When to use Google reverse image search&nbsp;</strong></h2><p>It's most helpful to search with an image on Google in the following cases:&nbsp;<br><br></p><ul><li aria-level="1"><strong>Find information about a photo.</strong> A reverse image search could bring up a website that includes a person's name or information about a product.</li><li aria-level="1"><strong>Uncover plagiarism.</strong> A reverse image search will bring up similar images. This can reveal whether an image was copied from someone else's work.</li><li aria-level="1"><strong>Find other similar images. </strong>If you want to find other photos connected to a specific image, a reverse search will also populate related pictures.&nbsp;</li></ul></aside><h2><strong>Google reverse image search on iPhone or Android</strong></h2><p>First, you'll need to download the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-download-google-chrome" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Google Chrome</a> mobile app to do a reverse image search on your mobile device.</p><p>Then, you can reverse image search on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fbuy-iphone%2Fiphone-12" rel="nofollow sponsored">iPhone</a> or <a href="https://shop-links.co/1736388044843598008" rel="nofollow sponsored">Android</a> using a photo from the internet or a photo from your camera roll. Here's how to do it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>To reverse search using an image from the internet</strong></p><p><strong>1.</strong> Open <a href="https://images.google.com/'gws_rd=ssl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">images.google.com</a> on the Chrome app on your <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fbuy-iphone%2Fiphone-12" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored nofollow sponsored">iPhone</a> or <a href="https://shop-links.co/1736388044843598008" rel="nofollow sponsored">Android</a>.</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Describe the image you want to search. For example, you could type "tuxedo cat."<img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/6063769821887500193e8363-1125/cat.png" border="0" alt="cat" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Type what kind of image you're looking for in the search bar."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> Tap the search icon. Chrome will give you images that match your search terms.</p><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/6063777321887500193e8377-1000/cat2.png" border="0" alt="cat2" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Google Images will display photos based on your query."></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Select an image from the search results by tapping it to enlarge it. Hold your finger on the image until a menu pops up.</p><p><strong>5.</strong> Choose "Search Google for This Image" in the pop-up menu to find similar images and related pages.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/606378b621887500193e837f-1125/cat3.png" border="0" alt="cat3" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Hold your finger down on the image and select &amp;quotSearch Google for This Image&amp;quot in the pop-up."></p><p><strong>6.</strong> The 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.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6063799721887500193e8386-1125/cat4.png" border="0" alt="cat4" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="The results page will show different kinds of content related to your image search."></p><p><strong>To reverse search using an image from your files:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>1.</strong> Open <a href="https://images.google.com/'gws_rd=ssl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">images.google.com</a> on the Chrome app.</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-right corner.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60637a5221887500193e8387-1106/cat5.png" border="0" alt="cat5" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Tap the icon in the bottom-right corner."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> In the pop-up menu, scroll down and select "Request Desktop Site."</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60637adb21887500193e838b-1125/cat7.png" border="0" alt="cat7" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Find the option to &amp;quotRequest Desktop Site&amp;quot and select it."></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Now the Google Images page will look as it does on a desktop browser. In the Google search bar, tap the camera icon.</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60637b4a6183e100198195b7-1125/cat6.png" border="0" alt="cat6" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Tap the camera icon."></p><p><strong>5.</strong> Select "Upload an image" and tap "Choose File." Alternatively, you can choose to "Paste image URL."</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60637bfd21887500193e8391-1125/cat8.png" border="0" alt="cat8" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Select the &amp;quotUpload an image&amp;quot tab and tap &amp;quotChoose File.&amp;quot"></p><p><strong>6.</strong> In the "Choose File" drop-down, you can select "Photo Library," "Take Photo or Video," or "Browse." Select "Photo Library" to choose an image from your camera roll.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60637c7e6183e100198195bd-1125/cat9.png" border="0" alt="cat9" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Select &amp;quotPhoto Library&amp;quot in the pop-up menu."></p><p><strong>7.</strong> Select an image from your camera roll and tap "Choose" in the bottom-right corner.</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60637d6321887500193e8396-1125/cat10.png" border="0" alt="cat10" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Select an image from your camera roll and hit &amp;quotChoose.&amp;quot"></p><p><strong>8.</strong> You'll then be taken to a page containing similar images or information about the image.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60637dc421887500193e83b0-1125/cat11.png" border="0" alt="cat11" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Google will show you content similar to the image you uploaded."></p><h2><strong>Google reverse image search on a computer</strong></h2><p>You can do a more robust Google reverse image search on your computer by uploading a file from your computer or searching for an image you find on the web. Google Images works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.</p><p><strong>To reverse search using an image from your files</strong></p><p><strong>1.</strong> Open <a href="https://images.google.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">images.google.com</a> in a web browserit doesn't have to be in Chrome.</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Click the camera icon to start a reverse image search.</p><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.comhttps://static5.businessinsider.com/image/606386786183e1001981962b-2400/cat12.png" border="0" alt="cat12" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Click the camera icon to upload an image."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> Select the "Upload an image" tab, then select "Choose File" to browse your files and pick an image to search. Or drag and drop an image file into the browser window.</p><p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/606387046183e10019819635-2023/cat13.png" border="0" alt="cat13" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="On the &amp;quotUpload an image&amp;quot tab, select &amp;quotChoose File.&amp;quot"></p><p><strong>4.</strong> Find an image from your files, click it, then select "Open."</p><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/606388136183e10019819642-2400/cats13.png" border="0" alt="cats13" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Find an image on your computer and hit &amp;quotOpen.&amp;quot"></p><p><strong>5.</strong> You'll then be taken to a page containing similar images or information about the image.&nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/6063887b21887500193e8426-2400/cats15.png" border="0" alt="cats15" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Google will display results related to your image search."></p><p><strong>To reverse search using an image from the internet</strong></p><p><strong>1.</strong> Find the image you want in Google and right-click on it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2.</strong> Choose "Copy image address" in the pop-up.</p><p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/606389c821887500193e8438-2400/tux.png" border="0" alt="tux" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Right-click on the image and select &amp;quotCopy image address&amp;quot in the pop-up menu."></p><p><strong>3.</strong> Open <a href="https://images.google.com/">images.google.com</a> in a web browser.</p><p><strong>4.</strong> Click the camera icon to start a reverse image search.</p><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.comhttps://static5.businessinsider.com/image/606386786183e1001981962b-2400/cat12.png" border="0" alt="cat12" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="Click the camera icon to upload an image."></p><p><strong>5.</strong> Select the "Paste image URL" tab and paste the URL.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60638a5d6183e1001981965f-2400/tux2.png" border="0" alt="tux2" data-mce-source="Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider" data-mce-caption="On the &amp;quotPaste image URL&amp;quot tab, paste your image link in the text box."></p><p><strong>6.</strong> Click on the "Search by image" button, and you'll be taken to a page of results related to your image.</p><p>It's also possible to Google reverse image search on your computer in two more ways.&nbsp;</p><p>You can use the "Upload an image" tab to drag and drop an image into the search box. 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