Image search is the ability to search for a term and find pictures related to what you wrote. Most search engines offer it, and that's good. But what if you have a picture and want to know their origin? Or find similar pictures? It is a reverse image search.
Google's reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera's icon () and paste in the URL of an image you've seen online, upload an image from your hard drive, or drag an image from another window.  Google Images Desktop "border =" 0 "class =" "src =" https://assets.pcmag.com/media/images/548039-google-images-desktop.png?thumb=y&width=980&height=475 "/>
Reverse image search on mobile
But how about when you are on a mobile device and want to do a reverse image search? There are alternatives.
Google built a reverse image search feature in phones and tablets, albeit to a limited extent.
When you look up images.google.com in Safari or Chrome mobile browsers, the camera icon will not show up in the search bar.To get it, you need to load the desktop version on your mobile device. [1
The iOS and Android Chrome browser also supports a reverse image search solution. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears. Select "Search Google for this image" at the bottom. Note This will not work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).
If for some reason it doesn't work, you can also choose Open Image in New Tab. Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com and paste in the URL, but it adds extra steps.
Both methods show the results of a reverse image search. you may have to click on an option "More sizes" above to see only the images. You get options to limit your question, such as finding animated GIFs, clip-art equivalents, or looking at the color scheme used in the original image.
Another solution is to use the site Search for image in reverse photos. It's a simple page of scripts to do reverse image search on Google, and even the Upload Image button works on smartphones. You know, just as Google should have posted on its website.
The second major search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also does reverse image search. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click it on the desktop, it asks for an image address or for you to upload an image, just as Google does on the desktop.
The setting is the same on the mobile; click on the Bings camera icon () on all mobile browsers. A popup says that in order to search for an image, you must give Bing access to your camera; Accept or reject with a crane.
On the next screen, press the Browse button at the bottom left. A pop-up menu allows you to take a photo, browse your photo library or browse from third-party services.
Tap browse to find pictures stored in third-party services like iCloud Drive, Google Drive and Dropbox.
The latest versions of the Bing app (iOS and Android) let you snap a photo and form it directly. You can also upload a photo from the camera's role, scan a QR code or point to the camera in text or math problems and Bing searches. Just press the magnifying glass icon on the load screen, press the camera top and select how you want to search for your photo.
Third-party image search engines
There are some search engines out there that are dedicated to viewing only images, but not all work directly with your smartphone or standard browser.
It has been scrambled over 34 billion images so far and TinEye allows searching through URL, uploading or dragging and dropping on the desktop. On the mobile phone, just click on the upload icon () and you get options to take a photo, use one from the library or upload from third party services. You can use it 150 times a week, but more than you have to use the paid version, starting at $ 200 for 5,000 searches over two years.
Russia's Yandex search engine looks a bit like Bing-goes-Cyrillic. It has a unique image search that works on mobile devices directly from the browser. Click Pictures, tap the search bar, and then click Search for image. You get a menu with four choices: Recognize text, Identify the car's make / model, find a product or find similar images.
I did everything above with pictures from an iPhone and thought it was pretty good the OCR text was dead, it thought my Honda CR-V was a little older model, and my son's Superman cape came back with many coats who fit for Clark Kent.
There are also search engines focused specifically on helping creators find out if their creative work has been stolen. Check out Berify and Pixsy for options, but warn, these searches and help can cost you. But they also track them automatically and offline, warning you if an image of yours is used without permission.
Reverse Image Search Apps
If you prefer apps over your browser, go directly to a reverse page
( Free for iOS )
Taking pictures from the photo library or storage option is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it has changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $ 2.99 purchase in the app.
Search for image
( Free for Android )
You can manipulate an image everything you want before uploading via this app gets results from Google, TinEye and Yandex .
( Free for iOS )
This app sends your photos directly to the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for 3 , 99 USD and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.
Reverse Image Search Extensions
( $ 0.99 for iOS )
This is not an app you enter, but rather an app that adds an extension to other apps. It will put one of these extension buttons inside Photos and Facebook and other apps, so along with Copy or Send to iCloud you have an alternative to Search Image. The results are displayed in your mobile browser, and come from Google, TinEye and Yandex.