Image Search lets you search for a term and search for images related to the typed type. Most search engines offer it and it's great. But what if you have a picture and want to know where it comes from? Or find similar photos? This is a backward image search.
Google's reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon () and either paste the URL for an image you saw online, upload an image from your hard drive, or undock an image another window. 19659003] Google Images Desktop "border =" 0 "class =" "src =" https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/548039-google-images-desktop.png?thumb=y&width=980&height=475 " />
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But what about when you're on a mobile device and want to do a reverse image search? There are options.
Google has an inverse image search feature built-in for phones and tablets, albeit to a limited extent.
When you start images.google.com with Safari or Chrome mobile browsers The camera icon does not appear in the search bar. Download the version to your mobile device.
Scroll down the Chrome screen, tap the three-dot menu, and select Request Desktop Site This loads the desktop version and displays the camera icon so you can upload photos from your camera roll In Safari, click the up-arrow to get the option to request the desktop Web site.
The Chrome browser app for iOS and Android also supports reversal image search. If you want the image to be searched, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears. Select "Search Google for this image" below. Note: This will NOT work on the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).
If that does not work, you can also select "Reopen Image in Tab." Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com, and paste the URL ̵
Both methods then display the results of a reverse image search. You may need to click the "Other Sizes" option above to view only the images. You get options to narrow down your query, such as: Animated GIFs, clip art equivalents, or the color scheme of the original image.
Another workaround is to use the site Search for image at revers.photos. It's a simple page of scripts that allows reverse image search on Google, and even the Upload Image button works on smartphones. You know, just as Google should have set it up on his website.
This other major search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also performs reverse image searches. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click on it on the desktop, you're asked for an image URL, or you upload an image just as Google does on the desktop.
The setup is the same on the phone. In any mobile browser, click the Bing camera icon (). A pop-up window indicates that you need to give Bing access to your camera in order to search with an image. Accept or decline with a tap.
On the next screen, tap the Browse button at the bottom left. Use a pop-up menu to take a photo, browse your photo library, or browse third-party services.
Tap Browse to search for photos stored in third-party services iCloud Drive, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
With the latest versions of the Bing app (iOS and Android), you can immediately import a photo and an image. You can also upload a photo of your camera roll, scan a QR code, or refer your camera to text or math problems. Bing then looks for. Just tap the magnifying glass icon on the loading screen, tap the top of the camera and choose how you want to search for your photo.
Third-Party Image Search Engines
There are a few search engines that only look up images do not all work directly with your smartphone or standard browsers.
So far, more than 34 billion images have been searched, and TinEye allows this to search for URL, upload or drag and drop on the desktop. Just click on the upload icon on the phone () and you'll be able to take a picture, use one from the library, or upload from third-party sources. You can use it 150 times in a week, but more than that, you need to use the paid version, which starts at $ 200 for 5,000 searches over two years.
Russia's Yandex search engine looks a bit like Bing-goes-Cyrillic. It has a unique image search that works on mobile devices directly from the browser. Click Images, tap the search bar, and then click Search for Image. You get a menu with four choices: recognize text, identify the make / model of a car, find a product, or search for similar images.
I did all the above with pictures from an iPhone and thought it was pretty good – the OCR text was dead on, he thought my Honda CR-V was a slightly older model, and my son's Superman cape came back with many coats fit for Clark Kent.
There are also search engines designed specifically to help creatives figure out if their creative work has been stolen. Ask Berify and Pixsy about options, but be warned, these searches and your help could cost you. However, they are also tracked automatically and offline for you to alert you when an image is used without permission.
Apps for Finding a Reverse Image
If you prefer apps to the browser, you can go directly to a reverse image search tool that you can keep on your smartphone at any time.
( Free for iOS )
Fetching images from the Photo Library or Save options is a breeze. or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity indicates that the source image is found on the Web, even if it has changed. Remove ads with an in-app purchase of $ 2.99.
( Free for Android )
You can edit an image before uploading anything This app provides results from Google, TinEye and Yandex.
( Free for iOS )
This app sends your images directly to the Google Images database to search for similar images but upgrade to the Pro Version for $ 3.99 and results also obtained from Bing and Yandex.
Reverse Image Search Extension
( $ 0.99 for iOS )
This is not an app you go to but an app that adds an extension to other apps. One of these extension buttons will be added to Photos and Facebook and other apps. Next to "Copy" or "Send to iCloud" you have an option for image search. The results will be displayed in your mobile browser and come from Google, TinEye and Yandex.