In addition to regular search and image search, Google also offers a reverse image search feature that you can use to search for an image you have.
For example, if you have an image of a product you’d like to buy but don’t know the exact name of the product, you can use a reverse image search to find that product or similar products. It could be an image sent to you by a friend or colleague that you want to learn more about.
How to use the Google Image Reverse Search feature?
The first thing you need is to save the photo on your device, it can be your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Go to Google Images and then click on the photo icon in the search box, then you will be prompted to paste the image URL or upload the image. Select the Upload Image option, and then select Choose File on mobile or Browse on a computer.
You can then upload the file to your browser and Google will show you exactly the same images as the one you uploaded, if available. If exact images are not available, Google will show you similar images.
This can be seen in the image below, where we uploaded a photo of the new iPhone 13 Pro Max in the new green color. Google was able to identify this image and show us the same image as well as very similar ones.
What can I use reverse image search for?
Google’s reverse image search feature is a great tool and can be used to verify that someone is who they say they are. Many people have seen the popular MTV show Catfish where people pretend to be someone else and are hunted down by the Catfish crew. One of the tools they use is Google image searches to see if a person is who they say they are.
This can be a great way to spot a fake online profile that someone might be using. If the original image is online, it will show up in Google Image Search when you upload it.
What else can you use image search for?
The Google image search feature is also widely used by journalists and others to identify fake news and fake photos. A lot of fake news uses photos that could be related to something else, if you put this image in a google image search you will be able to find out when this image was originally used.
Many factchecking organizations can use this image search feature to determine if an image used in a particular story is real or not. This can be a great way to tell fake news from real news.
There are many different things you can use google reverse image search for, we hope you find this guide helpful, if you have any questions, leave a comment below and let us know. You can learn more about image search on the Google website.
Image credit: Nathan Rebukas