Google image search

Are you looking online for the original source of an image you like?

Would you like a complete list of all the pages that display your picture on the web?

Here is your complete guide to reversing image search in today's major search engines (think Google, Bing, and Yandex).

We'll also show you how to do the reverse search on both your desktop and phone.

Let's start.

What is the reverse image search?

Reverse Imagine the search is pretty cool.

It's similar to a normal keyword search, but this time with images.

With the reverse image search you can examine an image in detail.

You will receive details on image size, image size and online access (exact pages with links).

Why Use Reverse Image Search?

Reverse image search is fun if you spend a few extra minutes on your computer.

But it is also extremely useful.

You can use it to:

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  • Find interesting facts about a picture you like.
  • Find out about the copyright status of an image before using it.
  • Track copyright infringement on images you already use.
  • Find out if other people are using your pictures.

Why reverse image search sometimes doesn't work

The reverse image search does not work every time.

Sometimes you upload a photo to the search bar and get no results.

In this case, the website on which the image is displayed is likely to prevent image indexing.

In addition, data centers can easily be out of sync.

This means that some users can find the image using reverse image search, while others cannot.

How to do the reverse image search in today's major search engines

The amazing thing is that you can use your preferred search engine (Google, Bing, Yandex) to do a reverse image search.

If you want to use a search engine created specifically for reverse image search, you can use TinEye.

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Remember that it doesn't matter whether you're using a Mac or PC or which browser you're using (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, etc. work fine).

How to do the reverse image search on Google

Reverse image search on Google is pretty easy.

Simply visit Google Images and select the camera icon in the search bar.

Upload the image of your choice.

(To do this, you must first save the image to your desktop.)

Press Enter and search the results.

You'll see the size of the image, visually similar images, and any place the image appears on the web.

Google Images search results

For a more detailed explanation of how to use Google for reverse image search, see our standalone article on the subject.

How to do the reverse image search on Bing

Click the "Images" option at the top left of the Bing homepage.

Select Search with an image in the search bar.

Bing image search

You can drag an image into the search bar, upload an image, insert a URL or image, or take a photo.

Bing visual search

Note: Unlike Google, you can drag more than one picture into the search bar!

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Here are the results for a photo uploaded from the desktop.

Bing image search results

You can click tabs to view pages that display the image, similar images, and related searches.

How to do a reverse image search on Yandex

In Yandex, click Images in the search bar at the top left.

Yandex images

Click the camera icon.

search pictures on Yandex

You can enter the URL of your picture or upload a photo from your desktop.

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Suppose you want to save the photo and then upload it from the desktop. You get such results.

Yandex image search results

Notice how detailed the image size details are?

If you scroll down, you'll see similar images and a list of all the pages on which the image is displayed.

There's even a text recognition button that you can use to find or translate the words in the image.

Image recognition on Yandex

How to do the reverse image search on TinEye

TinEye is the search engine that allows you to do a reverse image search quickly and without nonsense.

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TinEye Reverse Image Search

First, click the upload button on the left side of the search bar to browse the saved images on your desktop.

Or paste the URL of the image into the search bar.

You can also drag and drop an image from an open browser tab onto the TinEye homepage!

When you are done, you will get such results.

TinEye image search results

The cool part is that you can use a filter to search by image size, newest or oldest post, best match, and most changed.

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You can also filter by domain or collection to narrow your results.

TinEye image search filter

How to perform reverse image search on mobile devices

Need to do a quick reverse image search on the go?

Here's how to do it without turning on your computer.

How to do reverse image search on Android

If you're using the Chrome app on your Android phone, just put your finger on the image of your choice and hold it until a drop-down menu appears.

Select Search Google for this image.

If you do this, you will get a list of all the places where the image is displayed online.

But what if you saved the photo in the picture folder on your phone?

Simply go to images.google.com in your phone's browser.

Select the three dots at the top right of the screen (next to the URL) to access the "More Options" menu.

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Choose Desktop Site.

If you do, you can upload a photo from your phone like you would on the desktop (see How to do the reverse image search on Google).

How to do reverse image search on an iPhone

Open your browser and go to images.google.com.

If you're using Safari, click the Share icon.

If you're using Chrome, locate and click the three dots at the bottom right of the screen.

Select Request Desktop Site.

Upload your picture to see the results.

Reverse Image Search: The easy way to get relevant details about images

There are countless reasons why you want to learn more about a picture.

  • You want to know if you can publish it on your website.
  • You want to know who is using your pictures.
  • You are just curious about a picture that you like.

The good news is that you can now do this with any browser or search engine you choose.

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This is easily possible on Mac or PC, iPhone or Android, cell phone or desktop.

Have fun!

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Image credits

All screenshots from the author, May 2020

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