Google Reverse Image Search is an online service provided by Google that allows users to search the Internet for images using an image rather than a text or voice query.
In simpler terms, this imaging service, officially known as “Google search by image”, Allows you to upload an image or enter an image link, and Google will find similar photos or attempt to find related images. These image results are usually similar images, exact copies, or a mixture of the two.
What is reverse image search?
Let’s see how to reverse image search on your mobile device and do it on your computer’s web browser.
Reverse image search goes beyond finding exact image copies and finding related images based on how well the subject is recognized in the image. The latter use offers several advantages.
For example, the service may display similar images along with somewhat compelling or useful information. A good example of how this works is when you take or capture an image of a flower or plant that you don’t know the name or are unsure of. If you upload the photo to the reverse image search engine, several similar images will likely appear, and at least one of them will likely have the name of the plant in the description section.
If Google correctly recognized the subject of the image, it can display it in another panel called the Knowledge Graph box. There will be key information and more images of the recognized subject. You uploaded a photo of a famous person. The panel could have their occupation, date of birth, residential area, and social media accounts available.
Another reason to know how to reverse image search is if you work in the creative industry as a photographer, graphic designer, digital illustrator, etc. You can upload a photo of your work to see if it has been posted or posted online without your consent. and authorization. Since images are often stolen and shared online, it’s easy to see how Google’s reverse image search can be a big plus.
How to reverse the image search on your computer
Open your web browser, go to Google images, and tap the camera icon in the search box. Then select the image you want to download from one of the libraries or folders on your computer. You can also reverse the image search by pasting an inline image link.
To paste the link to an image you found online, simply right-click on the particular image and select “Copy Image Address”. Then paste this copied link into the search box, preferably set to “Paste Image URL” by default.
If you are using Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser, you can drag and drop an image from your computer directly into the search box. Chrome users can also perform a reverse image search whenever they find an image on a website without any additional steps. All they have to do is right click on the image and select “Search for image on Google”.
How to Reverse Image Search on Your iPhone or iPad
Although Google Image Search is not yet available for the iOS version of Safari as it is on the Safari desktop, you can still use the feature on your iPhone or iPad, or other iOS devices.
One way to access this service is to open Google Images and tap on the Google Lens icon located in the upper right corner of the search results page. Once you tap on the icon, it will search for images.
Another way is to use Google Lens built into the Google Photos app to download iOS devices. All you have to do is select an image from your photo library, press Google Lens, and Google will display the related results on your screen.
It helps to know that white dots can appear on different elements in the image after Google finishes scanning it, and tapping on any of the dots will launch a search specifically with that element as the main subject. You can draw around particular elements so that certain images focus on them rather than others.
How to Reverse Image Search on Your Android Device
There are several ways to use Google Image Search on your Android mobile device.
One way is to search for the given image in Google images via voice or text input. Then click on one of the image results and press it with your finger for a few seconds until an options menu appears. Select the option “Search this image on Google”.
If your web browser is Chromium based like Opera Mini or Google Chrome. You can also use the “Find this image on Google” feature when you tap an image elsewhere online. The Microsoft Edge browser also offers this feature but for Bing instead of Google.
Google Lens and how it works with reverse image searches
Google Lens is a technology service offered by Google and the iOS and Android app that runs on it. This service is also available in the Google app and integrated with the original camera apps on several Android phones. The goal of Google Lens is to provide search results from images. However, it can also translate text, copy text, scan QR codes, etc.
The difference between the typical reverse image search and Google Lens is that the latter can be used in real time. You don’t even capture the image; just point your camera at it and let it do the job. This is useful for situations where you need to translate a sign in a foreign country.
Google Lens also allows you to take images directly into the app and search immediately instead of downloading the particular image separately. For example, suppose you photograph a product like a shoe, washing machine, or TV with the Google app camera.
In this case, you will receive similar images and useful information such as where to buy the product, reviews and similar products.
Google’s reverse image search tool or Google image search has been available since 2011. Also, you can easily find it from the Google image search box. Once you know how to use it, this service can be very useful whether you use it for work, travel, or personal reasons.
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