It is probably hard to recall the number of times you had to go like ‘Man! Wish I could search the whereabouts of this picture; it could have been the comfort of life.’ Well, your wish comes true today, via this article. This guide here comprises methods on how to reverse image search using both your smartphone and desktop that will have you find exactly the right thing at the right time.
Now, reverse image search is a way of researching things with an image itself or a link to the respective image. The image could be anything, be it a screenshot or a photo of any format. When you reverse image search on Google, you get all those results having the same picture or items alike.
It is great for hunting the store of your favorite apparel, finding the right model of an accessory, and navigating to the right thing as we said. As a result, let’s learn how to reverse image search, so you always ace the race to reach your target faster.
How to Reverse Image Search Using Desktop or PC?
When it comes to reverse image searching using a PC or desktop, your options for the browsers just keep on expanding. Your PC must already accommodate two browsers including Chrome and Microsoft Bing.
The process we will describe further in this guide applies to all. Here’s how you can reverse image search on a PC.
1. Head to images.google.com on your browser, and click the camera icon in the screen-centered search bar.
2. As you click on the icon, it will slide down a prompt where you will select ‘Upload an image,’ and then ‘Choose file’ from the recurring prompt.
3. Choose the file or image that you want to reverse image search from your files, and click open or select.
4. It will result in the respective search results comprising the same images and relevant texts.
There is another option to reverse image search for a specific image, but for that, you will have to know what you are looking for by its name. Here’s how you can do so:
1. Head to google.com, and type in the name of what you are looking for in the search bar.
2. From the results, head to the ‘Images’ tab, select the desired image, right-click on it, and click on ‘Copy Image Address’ or ‘Search Google for Image.’
3. If you have copied the image address, head back to images.google.com, and paste the link for the results.
4. If you choose the alternate option, it will directly load the respective results.
The options remain the same for reverse image search using your smartphone; they are only differentiated by a few variations.
How to Reverse Image Search on Your Smartphone?
Now regardless of which smartphone you use, be it an Android or an iPhone, or from any manufacturer, the process defined below will apply to all of them.
Here’s how you can reverse image search using your smartphone:
- Open the browser on your smartphone, and type in images.google.com.
- Enable ‘Desktop site’ from the settings.
- For Chrome: Head to those ‘three dots’ in the top right corner, and find and enable the desktop site from there.
- For Safari: Those three dots can be found in the bottom right corner, head over there, and enable the desktop site.
- Once you have enabled the desktop site, you will see Google offering the camera icon in the screen-centered search bar.
- Tap on the icon, and you will be asked to upload and choose a file from your smartphone storage.
- Choose the file you wish to reverse image search on Google, and you will have the relevant results.
The second option is to:
- Search for the image by its name and head into the images tab from the results.
- From there, tap to enlarge the image, and press and hold until it pops up a list of options.
- Select ‘Search Google for this Image,’ and Google will show you all the results against your query.
We have now learned two different ways on how to reverse image search on both PCs and smartphones. If you are image searching from a PC, you will have to head to images.google.com and upload the relevant image, or you could opt for the alternate option.
On the other hand, if you are image searching from your smartphone, head to images.google.com and enable the desktop site to upload and search for the desired image. Or like PCs, you may opt for the alternate option defined precisely in this guide.