How to do a reverse image search on Google?

Reverse image search also called image search is to search the web using an image. Everyone knows the principle of searching by keywords on Google, but it is also possible to find information on the Internet starting from a photo or any image.

How to Do a Reverse Image Search on Google

Do you want to know more about a place or a beautiful landscape of which you have a photo? Or on a character whose name you don’t know? Search engines can help you find out a lot more than you might imagine. Google is your friend to search for any information accessible on the web with a sequence of words. But what many do not know is that the search engine also allows you to make a reverse image search.

What is a reverse image search?

Also called search by image, it allows you to find information about an image or simply search for its source on the Internet by inserting it into a search engine. This also allows you to find similar images on the web if you are looking for visuals in the same genre.

For example, if you are looking for the name of one of the lovely landscape wallpapers on Windows 10 or Windows 11, all you have to do is take a screenshot and then upload the image to Google Images. If the place has a precise identification, the search engine will display it while presenting you with more images.

How to do a reverse image search on Google?

With Google Images, you can do a reverse image search on PC by clicking on the camera icon inside the search bar:

  • Meet at from your browser
  • Click the icon camera on the right, inside the search bar
  • Here you have two options: enter the URL of the image if you found it on a website (paste image url) then click the button Search by image. Or load the image locally from your hard disk by going to the tab import an image.
Google Reverse Image Search

Once the image is filled in, Google will search for it on the web. If it exists, the search engine will present the sites on which it was published. Otherwise, it will try to display similar images. If the image contains an identifiable place or a known personality/character, you will also be able to see their name.

How to do a reverse image search on Google from a smartphone?

Google Image is not accessible from the smartphone browser. By entering the address, the icon for searching for a visual is not available. But there is a trick to circumvent this restriction. You just have to display the page in PC version. To do this :

  • Go to from the mobile version of Chrome
  • Tap the three vertical dots at the top, right
  • Then press Computer version to activate the PC view
  • The icon in the form of a camera is now displayed. Follow the instructions presented in the previous section to perform a reverse image search.
Do a reverse image search on Android or iPhone

How to Perform a Reverse Image Search with Google Lens

You surely know Google Lens, Google’s image recognition application. Here is our file to understand how it works. It offers other possibilities of searching by image both on smartphone and on PC. With the arrival of Google Lens, reverse image search goes even further. Image recognition powered by artificial intelligence extends the possibilities, especially on smartphones.

You can thus obtain the name of an animal or an identifiable object taken in photo. On Android, as on iPhone, Google Lens is accessible from the Google application.

  • Open the Google app.
  • Tap the camera icon to the right of the search bar.
  • You can load an image from the Gallery to get information about identifiable objects or hold the subject in the camera lens for real-time recognition.

The Google Lens feature is also available in Chrome. Right-click on an image on PC or long press on smartphone (iPhone, Android), then select the option Search the image with Google Lens.

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