Reverse image search on Google & Co

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.

Reverse image search with Google

To discover the context or the source of an image, the reverse image search on Google is great. The following steps will show you how to use it.

Step 1: Go to images.google.com


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Step 2: Click the camera icon next to the search field.

Step 3: Upload your picture or enter the picture URL if you have one. Google will then show you a list of results for your search.

Search Microsoft Bing with a picture

Step 1: Click here to go to the Bing homepage.

Step 2: Click on the camera icon next to the microphone icon in the search bar.

Step 3: Upload your image or enter the image URL if you have one. Microsoft Bing will then show you a list of results for your search

Search with a picture at Yandex


Step 1: Click here to go to the Yandex homepage.

Step 2: Click on the “Images” field, which is located above the search bar.

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.


Search for an image with a keyword


Are you looking for an image file and all you can think of is a keyword or title? Then Lookeen search can help you. In a matter of seconds, the program searches your files for a keyword and also shows you possible image documents. All you have to do is enter the keyword in the search bar and you will shortly be shown all the matching hits.


You can find out how to use Lookeen search in Outlook here.

I hope this article has helped you to find the source of your pictures or your own picture files! Which of the search engines suggested here has proven itself helpful for you? Can you think of any more? I am happy to respond to your comments in the comment section. See you soon!

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