Normally, on Google or any other search engine, you would type a few keywords into to perform a search and find your results. However, a reverse image search is a method that allows you to search by uploading images instead of by typing keywords. You can almost even call it a backwards image-search because you’re basically providing an image to obtain specific results.
One might want to perform a reverse image search on an image for one of the following reasons:
- Find the original source of the image
- See what websites the image appears on
- Locate higher resolution copies of the image
- Retrieve information relevant to the image
- Find similar-looking images
It’s quite a handy feature to have and it’s really easy to use. You don’t need any tools to perform a reverse image search. Just hop onto Google Images and drag a photo into the search bar from your computer. This is Google’s upload method for images and you’ll find that it’ll start looking for related images right away.
You’ll see something similar to the screen above once it’s done the reverse image search. The upload should only take a few seconds.In this screen, you can either select a link in the search results to find out where the picture came from or you can click
In this screen, you can either select a link in the search results to find out where the picture came from or you can click on the different image sizes to find higher resolution versions of the images. Look around to see where the picture originated from and on which websites it’s on.
If you want to perform one on any image you find on the web, you can use Google Chrome. With that browser, the reverse image search feature is built right into the right-click button, that way you can right-click any image and select “search Google for image.”
There will be certain websites that won’t allow you to right click images however so don’t expect it to work every single time.