What is Reverse Image Search and How to Do it?

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The technique of reverse image searching has wide applications. From finding out the origin of an image to debunking fake photos and profiles, reverse image search can help you out in many ways. As we know, reverse image search is a technology that takes the input as an image file and produces results based on the image. Google is the most widely used search engine for reverse image search. 

Why use reverse image search?

There are many reasons why you might need to reverse search an image. Finding the origin of an image is the most common reason. If you are into marketing, you would never want your content, be it text or images, to be penalized for plagiarism. This is where you can keep image plagiarism at bay by digging out the source of an image. Likewise, if you want to check if others are using your copyrighted images, you can leverage the power of reverse image search technology. Here are some more practical uses of reverse image search:

  • Searching for duplicated content
  • Digging out fake images
  • Finding information about unknown objects or products
  • Finding high resolution versions of images

How to do a reverse image search?

Google reverse image search is the most widely preferred search engine. As input, you can either use the image or the URL of the image. Let’s understand how to do it when you have an image file.

Step 1: Open images.google.com in your browser, and click on the icon “search by image” located on the right side of the search bar. 

Step 2: After you click, you will get two options to choose from- drag an image here or upload a file. 

Step 3: You can select the image saved in your computer and then drag it to the search bar, or you can click on ‘upload a file’ and select the image file directly

When you have a URL

In this case, the first step remains the same. Just below the options drag/upload, you get a bar where you can paste the URL of the image you want to reverse search. 

As soon as the image is uploaded, Google starts reverse-searching the image and then shows you the generated results. So, this is how reverse image search works. 

How to do a reverse image search on mobile devices?

It basically depends on the phone you are having. On most phones, Chrome supports a reverse image search. While browsing, if you see an image that you want to reverse search, hold your fingertip on it until you see a pop-up menu appearing on the screen. Then, select Search Google for that Image at the bottom. If somehow this doesn't work, you can go with the option of searching the image using its URL. 


So, that’s all about reverse image search and the use cases associated with it. Without any doubt, it’s a great technique that is both practical and simple. Try out all the methods to get more familiar with the process.