Nowadays, we take the internet for granted and it has become an essential part of our everyday lives. While older generations had to use rather less handy dictionaries and books, we can look up basically anything any time in search engines like Google. However, what if we don’t want to search for a specific term or phrase, but instead want to know the source of a picture? Don’t worry, Google & co have you covered here as well! In this article you can learn how to do a reverse image search with different search engines and how to do it on your phone. Additionally, if you’re looking for an image file on your computer and you can only think of a keyword or title, you can scroll down to the last chapter of this blog entry.
Step 3: A new window will open. Click on the camera symbol and upload your picture. Alternatively, you can also enter the image URL here. Yandex will then show you a list of results for your search.
Note: In contrast to Google and Microsoft Bing, Yandex also shows you social media profiles that could be related to the image you are looking for. In addition, there are also images in the hit list that are similar to the photo you are looking for or have the same source.
Reverse image search from your phone
As easy as this reversed image search might be on a computer, it is a bit different with mobile devices. Here you learn about how to use the Google image search on your phone properly. Generally, the reverse image search function from Google only works on a limited basis with phones and tablets.
With the earlier URL google.images.com, the camera icon usually won’t show up on the mobile version. To make it appear, you’ll need to load the desktop version on your mobile device. In Chrome, you can scroll to the bottom. There you see the three-dot menu. Tap it and choose Request Desktop Site. If you are using Safari, simply tap the “aA” icon and select Request Desktop Site as well; you’ll find it on the top left.
Even though Chrome usually works better than Safari, both mobile browsers should load the desktop version of Google images now and the camera icon will appear. Just upload the photo from your camera roll. This desktop version function is also possible in other common mobile browsers.