Image Search is the ability to search on a term and find images related to what you typed. Most search engines offer it, and it’s great. But what if you have an image and want to know its origin? Or find similar photos? That’s a reverse image search.
Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon (), and either paste in the URL for an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive, or drag an image from another window.
Reverse Image Search on Mobile
But what about when you’re on a mobile device and want to do a reverse-image lookup? There are options.
Google built a reverse-image search function into phones and tablets, albeit on a very limited basis.
First, you cannot do a traditional reverse-image search with the standard Google app or via images.google.com on mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. The camera icon won’t show up in the search bar (pictured), so there is no way to upload an image for a reverse search on Google’s mobile search.
But the Chrome browser app for iOS and Android does support a reverse-image search workaround. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears; pick “Search Google for This Image” at the bottom. Note: This will NOT work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).
With either method, the results of a reverse-image search then appear; you may…