Monday, May 14, 2018

Google Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

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.

Google Search by Image

Google Reverse Search, available at reverse.photos, lets you search by images instead of keywords. Upload a picture from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone, and Google will show all the other web pages on the Internet that have similar images.

Reverse Search is useful for verifying the source of photographs, WhatsApp images, screenshots and memes. Tinder and Facebook users have used "Search by Image" to research profile pictures of their potential dates, travelers use it for finding the photo's location while matrimonial sites use reverse search to detect fake uploads.

The images are posted anonymously on the Internet and cannot be discovered by other users.

Search by the image on iOS, Android, and WP

“Search by Image” is a handy little feature found on the Google desktop website that allows you to search for a particular image (also known as Reverse Image Search). And if you’re here, you’re probably thinking, “Great! So, how do I get it on my smartphone?”

Reverse Image Search on Mobile

It makes sense, because for most people, smartphones are the primary devices that they interact with, every day. Well, you’d be glad to know that there’s an app for that! Here, we’ll look at some of the most suitable alternatives for performing Reverse Image Search on mobile.

Search by the image on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

When it comes to iOS apps for performing reverse image searches, Reversee makes it a point to be simple, yet effective. For selecting an image, the app offers a handful of options, including, browse image from Camera Roll, provide the image URL or paste it directly from clipboard.

Search by image on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch - Reverse Image Search

Next, you can modify the image before uploading it. These include options for lowering the resolution of the image (to save you some valuable bandwidth), cropping the image to upload only a portion of it, and a few more. Once the image uploaded, the app will redirect to the Search Results page, where you may take various actions, such as, open the webpage in Safari or Chrome, Add it to Reading List, Copy URL to Clipboard, Send an Email with the URL, etc.

The below steps will guide you to perform Reverse Image Search on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch using Reversee app:


  • Launch the app and pick the specific image that you want to perform reverse search for.

  • [Optional] Change the resolution of the image to be uploaded or crop a specific section of it.

  • Tap on the search button to perform the reverse search in your preferred search engine (Google by default).

  • Reversee also supports an iOS Extension to invoke the app from Photos, Safari, Chrome, or any other app that allows you to export an image or its URL.


Reversee is available as a free download on the App Store. But there are a few in-app purchases available, which unlocks additional features and also allows you to search using multiple search engines (Google, Bing and Yandex).

Search by image on Android

On Android, an app called Search By Image provides almost all the basic features as offered by Reversee on iOS. Like Reversee, Search By Image also gives you multiple options for importing photos into the app. You may snap a photo and search for it, pick one from your photo gallery, or share an image from other apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.

Search by image on Android - Reverse Image Search

Once imported, you can crop or rotate the photo before uploading it for reverse image search. Finally, the app offers you a choice between two search engine providers — Google and TinyEye — for performing the reverse search.

Apps for Reverse Image Search

If you prefer apps over the browser, go directly to a reverse image search tool you can keep on your smartphone at all times.

Veracity (Free for iOS) 
Grabbing images from the Photo Library or storage options is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it's been changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $2.99 in-app purchase.

Search by Image (Free for Android)
You can manipulate an image all you want before uploading via this app to get results from Google, TinEye, and Yandex (the latter two being more third-party search services, rated among the best for reverse image search with Google and Bing).

Reverse (Free for iOS)
This app sends your pics directly into the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for $3.99 and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.

Reverse Image Search Engine List

For those of you who are wondering what are the most popular reverse search engines available on the Internet, the below list should be helpful: