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Wondering how to do a Google reverse image search? It’s actually really easy to do. The process isn’t as straight-forward when using an Android device, though. You will need to dig around to find the Google reverse image search function on a mobile device. This is why we have created a handy guide for you to skip the guess work and get right to searching. 


How to Google reverse image search on a PC

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Google reverse image search was made for PC, which is likely why the process hasn’t been streamlined in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Therefore, the process is dead simple when done on a computer. Let’s run you through the steps.

  1. All you have to do is open a browser and visit images.google.com.
  2. Click on the small camera icon, and then just paste the URL of an image or upload one from your computer.
  3. After that, simply click the search button and Google will show you all the websites that used that images, other sizes of the image, as well as images similar to the one you have searched for.

Google reverse image search using Chrome

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The fastest and easiest way to perform a Google reverse image search on your Android device is by using Google’s Chrome browser. Let’s say that you’re browsing the web and you come across an interesting image you want to reverse search. Here’s what you need to do. 

  1. Open Chrome and find an image you want to reverse search.
  2. Tap and hold on the image.
  3. Select the Search Google for this image option.

That’s all there is to it. Simple. But what if you are trying to search for an image you have stored on your phone? 

Here: These Chrome tips and tricks will completely change your browsing experience


Google Reverse image search by uploading image with Chrome

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The previous section only helps you perform a Google reverse image search if the image you want to look up is online. If you want to search for an image you have stored in your handset, you can do so using the desktop site on your smartphone’s Chrome browser. Here’s how to do it!

  1. Open Chrome and go to images.google.com.
  2. Click on the 3-dot menu button on the top-right.
  3. Check the Desktop site box.
  4. Click on the camera button to the right of the search box.
  5. Select the Upload an Image tab.
  6. Hit Choose file.
  7. Select the app you want to choose the file with.
  8. Find the file and tap on it.
  9. Let Google work its magic.

Google Lens

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The next best way to perform a Google reverse image search through an official Google solution is using Google Lens. This app uses AR and Google’s immense data pool to analyze images, both live and stored on your device, and grant information about what it sees.

  1. Download Google Lens from the Google Play Store. Many phones already have it and the service can be accessed from the camera app.
  2. Open the Google Lens app.
  3. You can point your camera at anything and press Search. If you want to analyze a specific image, hit the photo icon on the top-right corner.
  4. Select the image you want to search.
  5. Google Lens will show a series of results.

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Use Labnol.org

Labnol.org

Don’t feel like downloading apps or dealing with workarounds? You can use a third-party website that will automate the process. One of our favorites is Labnol.org. Let’s show you how to use it. 

  1. Open your browser and go to www.labnol.org/reverse/.
  2. Hit the Upload image button.
  3. Select the image you want to search.
  4. The website will upload the photo and load for a bit.
  5. When done loading, you can click on the Show matching images button.
  6. The website will redirect you to a Google reverse image search of the same image you uploaded.

Also read: The best Android browsers available


Download the Search By Image app

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If you perform more than one Google reverse image search for images you have on your device, it’s probably best to download a dedicated app in order to save some time. One of the best ones you can use is called Search By Image, which basically works the same way as Labnol.org — get it from the Play Store via the button below.

  1. Download the Search by Image app and launch it.
  2. Tap on the + icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select Image Gallery.
  4. Pick any image.
  5. Tap the search button.
  6. Let the app work its magic.