How to Reverse Search with Google

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Google has become so popular on the internet for the last decades. It reaches the point where we start using it as a verb. However, do you know that you can do a search with Google by using an image? Let’s check it out in today’s how-to: reverse image search.

What does it even mean ?

Normally, when you want to look up something, you will give Google an input. It can be a phrase, a sentence or a query. Then, you have an option to get all the photos that are related to the topic you are looking for. When you perform a reverse image search on Google, you will do it the other way. You will place a photo (or even a link to the photo) in the search bar instead of a text query. Then, Google will do the hard job. It will find all the websites containing your image in the result. Another amazing thing is it can detect the subject of the photo you are using. Hence, it can suggest any related (or popular) website in the result as well.

Google Image Search on a Computer

This is a very robust option to perform image Search. You can ask Google to Search for an image on your computer, or an image that you run into while surfing the web. The Google Image works well with popular browser such as Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

Reverse Image from The Files:

  • You will need to open images.google.com in a web browser. Again, it does not have to be Chrome
  • Then, you will click the Camera Icon, to activate the reverse image search
  • From here, you will have two options, represent in two tabs: Paste Image URL or Upload an Image
  • Select the Upload an Image tab.
  • Then, you will click on Choose File. This option will popup another window. From this Window, you will need to locate an image which you want to search. Depends on the Operating System of your computer, the interface of the window will be different.
  • After finding the image you want to search, the Open button at the bottom right of your window should not be deactivated anymore. You will click on the Open button to start uploading your photos for Google to search. Note: you can also double click the image you want to search, and Google will do the upload for you.
  • If you do it correctly, you should be able to see the uploading screen, which looks like this
  • After Google finishes uploading thing, you should be able to see all the result related to your image

 

Reverse Image search from the URL:

  • Sometimes, you just need to find the information of an image you run into on the internet. You can also do it easily with Reverse Image Search.
  • Find the image you want to Google, and right click on it.
  • You will see a pop-up panel, select the option called “Copy Image Address”
  • Then, go back to your favorite browser and open images.google.com. Again, it does not have to be Chrome
  • Click on the Camera icon, to activate the Reverse Search
  • Now, instead of selecting Upload an Image, you will select the option: Paste Image URL (which should be already selected by default)
  • Then, you will paste the Image Address that you copy previously into the text box next to the button “Search By Image”
  • Click on the button “Search by Image” when you are done
  • You should see the following screen
  • After few moments, you will see all your topics related to your search showing up here.

Perform a search in a more robust way:

Let’s say you encounter the image of this cute dog on the Internet. You are very eager to try to find more information about it.

Taka Shiba.jpg

  • Now, right click on the image you want. You should see a pop-up with all the options again. Select the “Search Image with Google Lens”
  • This will open a new tab with Google Search. In this tab, you will find all the information about the image you are looking for. It will have related results section, containing all the topic that you might be interested in. Then, there will be another section with all the information of the topic you are looking for. At last but not least, there will be the visual matches. This is the section containing the exact match, or the origin of the image you are using.
  • This option also lets you dynamically change the image you want to search for. On the left side of the screen, you will see your image being wrapped by a grey container with four white corners. You should see something like this.
  • You can adjust the size of the box, to change what you want to search for. The best part is you don’t have to refresh the page. After adjusting the box, you will see the new updated result right away on the right size of the screen. In this photo, Google will return me the result of the yard, or the park instead of a Shiba Inu.

And that’s it! That’s how you can do a reverse search on Google by using Image. I hope you like today’s how-to tutorials. Don’t forget to check back next time.

Dang Ton

Dang Ton

If you can't find me at the table coding, then you can find me at another table playing boardgames. I want to share the fun, the intense, the `ah-ha` moments, the sabotage, the nerve wracking experience ... that Boardgames can offer to the community.
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