How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone (iOS and Andriod)

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone (iOS and Andriod)

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone (iOS and Andriod)

On a desktop, using Google's reverse image search is simple. But what about when you're using a mobile device? Options include Google, Bing, and others.

Searching for photos which are linked to a term you typed is known as image search. It's excellent that the majority of search engines offer it. But what if you have a picture and are curious about where it came from? Or look for images that are comparable? A reverse image search would be that.

On a desktop computer, doing Google's reverse image search is a breeze. Go to , click the camera icon, and then upload an image from your hard drive, drag an image from another window, or paste the image link (URL) for an image you've seen online.

Google Mobile Reverse Image Search

Google incorporated a restricted version of their reverse image search functionality into phones and tablets.

The camera icon won't appear in the search bar when you open on a mobile device. You must download the desktop version on your mobile device in order to obtain it. It functions in Safari, however the Chrome browser app for iOS or Android   offers the best performance.

Request Desktop Site by tapping the aA icon in the top left corner of Safari. Select Request Desktop Site from the option that appears after tapping the three dots in Chrome. The desktop version of Google Images will load on both browsers. Then you can upload from the camera roll.

Google Mobile Reverse Image Search

Chrome also offers a solution for reverse image search, depending on your phone. Hold your finger on the image in your browser that you want to google until a pop-up menu displays, then select Search Google for This Image from the menu that appears. Note: Neither the Google app nor any other browsers will support this (not even in Safari). Only Chrome may use it.

If this doesn't work for whatever reason, you can also choose Open Image in New Tab. Once copied, return to and paste the URL there. Reverse image search results for either approach then show up; you might need to click the More sizes option at the top to see only the photos. You'll notice options to focus your search, like finding animated GIFs, clip-art alternatives, or searching by the original image's color scheme.

Reverse picture search is another feature that Google Lens provides. In addition to being included in the Google app, the apps for Google Photos and Google Assistant, Lens also has its own mobile app . However, Lens is really more about assisting you with activities than it is about finding a source image, such as rapid translation, object identification, or finding a product to buy.

Bing Visual Search on Mobile

Bing Visual Search on Mobile

Reverse picture searches are another popular search function offered by Microsoft's Bing, which is referred to as "visual search." On any mobile browser or in the Bing app, select the camera icon. You must grant Bing access to your camera in order to search using images; you can accept or reject this request with a tap on a pop-up.

Tap the Browse button in the lower left corner of the following screen. You can take a picture, look through your photo collection, or go via third-party services using a pop-up menu. To discover images in third-party services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud Drive, tap browse.

The most recent Bing apps for iOS and Android allow you to take a picture and perform a quick image search. You can scan a QR code, upload a picture from your camera roll, or point your camera at text or math problems.

Third-Party Image Search Engines

There are a few browsers out there that are solely focused on finding images, but not all of them are compatible with smartphones or the built-in browsers.


Canada-based Since its introduction in 2008, TinEye has indexed over 56 billion photos and is arguably the first image search engine. On the PC, TinEye supports drag-and-drop, upload, and URL search. Simply click the upload (up arrow) symbol on a mobile device to get the options to take a new photo, select one from the library, or upload from a third-party service.

Image Raider at Infringement Report 

Image Raider at Infringement Report 

Image Raider was once a fairly common reverse image lookup tool, however it has now been incorporated into Infringement Report's services. which is a website dedicated to assisting photographers, artists, and lawyers locate works being used without their permission or payment so they can take legal action against the violators. If you're being taken advantage of, it will cost you money to accomplish it, but it probably pays off. To see a few results, you can upload an image or put in a URL using the Image Raider tool, even on a mobile device, but don't anticipate seeing the full magilla of results.

Apps for Reverse Image Search 

Go directly to a reverse image search app you keep on your smartphone at all times if you prefer applications to browsers.


Free for Android and iOS 

This is a fundamental tool for shooting pictures with your smartphone, looking for related products, and, if the picture is of a product, comparing prices.


Free for iOS 


To find related images, this app uploads your photos directly to the Google Images database. However, you can pay for the premium version ($3.99 in-app purchase) to also get results from Bing and Yandex (a Russian image search engine)..

Reverse Image Search: Eye Lens

$2.99 subscription for iOS 

Reverse Image Search: Eye Lens

This one adds an extension to other apps rather than being an app you enter. One of those extension buttons will be added to Photos, Facebook, and other apps, giving you the ability to search for images in addition to copying or sending. Results from Google, TinEye, and Yandex are displayed in your mobile browser.

Photo Sherlock

$1.99 for iOS , free on Android 

Photo Sherlock

You may either download the mobile apps or visit Photo Sherlock's website, which should function just fine on a mobile browser (just skip the advertising). A comprehensive search of Google and Bing results is promised, and photographs for the search can be shared from almost any app. Even dating apps allow you to verify that the person you swiped right on is not a model that has been plagiarized from another website.


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