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How to perform Reverse Image Search

reverse image search

Our online world provides a great tool to locate the original source of a photo. This technique helps us in a number of ways.

1. Different locations of a picture - When we want to find the websites, which have used the same image. For example, there are some websites or web pages that are using our photo without permission. Just upload the photo to see the results.

2. Similar images - Thousands of results where we can find many pictures, which are similar to the image that we upload to a search engine from our computer or mobile.

3. Different size - It is interesting to know that the pictures that appear in search results, could be in different sizes. For example, we upload a large photo, but the photos in results, could be large or small (in different pixels or inches).  

4. Combat fake news - This feature is very helpful for journalists, and other people who want to combat fake news. Nowadays we see that there are lots of fake pictures on social media platforms and search engines. Our media channels can locate the source of the fake news.  

Let's illustrate all the steps - how to find our pictures, which are being used on other websites and web pages.

Before we start, it is important to understand that we should not go to any random website or web page for Reverse Image Search because it may cause some security and privacy issues. For example, we upload our photos to a third-party server in order to find the websites that are using them without permission. We may find the useful results, but what about those images that are uploaded to the third-party server. Are we sure that they are in safe location? I have already covered this point about the files that are uploaded to the unknown server locations.

We need to be careful when we upload our pics. In these infographics, we will be using Google to find pictures.

Question - Why should we use the giant search engine if security is a big concern?

Ans. Google covers a large portion of the internet. If we want to locate something, we need to start from somewhere. The giant engine can fetch results from different websites, which helps us find the source of our personal pics. 

Let's learn how to do it 

Desktop or Computer

On our computer, we can drag and drop the picture into the box. Use browsers - Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc. I have used Firefox in this infographic:

Open Google > Click Images, or access this URL -

google reverse image search
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1. Drag and drop

Drag and drop an image

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2. Upload

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3. URL - Right-click on the image > copy the image URL > Paste into search box > Search. For example, we go to There is a picture, which is about Smart TV. We want to find more information about it on the web.

Copy Paste Image Location

Google Image Results


I have used the Chrome browser app. This app is available for iOS and Android users. My Device - iPhone (iOS). 

Chrome Browser App

Mobile reverse image search

iPhone image search

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Request Desktop Site

Camera icon

Paste Image URL

Upload an image to find related images

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Take a photo and upload

Photo Library

Upload Pictures

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