Have you ever found an picture and wondered where it was taken?
Or perhaps, you have no idea what that “thing” is?
A flower, an animal, a famous person, you name it – Google Image Search (actually: reverse image search) can help you find it! How to: Google Image Search for Reverse Image Searches
Let’s start with a howto, in case this is all you are looking for.
BTW: we are not using the search to find images, but instead to find out what images are.
So how do you use Google Image search for a reverse image search? simple really :>
2. Click on the little camera icon
3. Choose where your image is located
Now you can choose where your image is
If you know the URL just paste it into the box If you have the image, click
Upload an Image and continue from there
4. Click “Search by image”
Now the reverse image search begins and Google will try to find matches to your image.
The results might include the following types:-
Exact matches to the image (ie. the image is used elsewhere) Explanations of the image (faces recognised, plant matched etc)
At the bottom you can often find “similar images”
There is no exact results page I can describe, but Google Image Search will provide you with lots of ideas and result types
Uses for Google Image Search – Reverse Image Search
Now I know this is all amazing –
technology of the future, but there is more!
Here are some uses for Google Image Search using images.
Find Plants, Animals via Image Search
This is more of a “what is that” kind of search.
Unidentified flower or fruit in your garden?
Spotted an animal in the wild, and never seen it before?
If you have an image or picture of something and want to know who created it. Try this out.
You can find painters, photographers, graphic artists. You name it.
Find People from a Picture
As scary as this may seem, it is easy for today’s computers to match faces. Even people who are not famous.
Buying a Car or Renting an Apartment
Now this can also seem really weird, but imagine some of the following scenarios:-
What model is that car? Is that really what that apartment looks like? (combined with maps.google.com)
It is possible to find things out that were impossible 10 years ago.
Find people using your images
By uploading your image or your URL you can see if your image is being used anywhere
Opportunity to get a link back to your site Or ask for it to be removed
Or obtain payment if it is worth a lot of money
Other random uses of Reverse Image Search
Identify a product Find a location
Find a recipe
The team at
Lifehacker have a similar list of uses. Chrome and Firefox Image Search Extension
If you are a Chrome user (if not get it now – it’s fast, easy, useful) then you can get a Chrome extension to add this functionality to your browser.
Chrome Google Image Search extension
Another Chrome option is an extension that gives
4 image search website options
Firefox users also have this option, and can find the extension here.
Firefox Image Search Extension
Why add these? Basically it adds a context menu option – so when you right click an image you can search straight away for it.
Google Reverse Image Search is a powerful tool you can add to your toolbox.
Find out things you have never been able to before.
Make sure no one is stealing your stuff as well :>
If you want to learn more about Google Search – check out these two previous posts
Google Search –
Tips and Tricks Part 1 & Part 2 What are you doing with Google Reverse Image Search?
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