How To Do A Reverse Image Search On Android Or iPhone


Most of us turn to Google to search for information and images, but sometimes you may want to look up an image you have seen online. Maybe you want to find out where it originated, expose it as a fake photo, or verify the claims of whoever posted it. Whatever your motivation, this is known as a reverse image search and it’s a very useful tool.

It’s easy to do a reverse image search on a Mac or PC, but what if you want to do it on your smartphone? You have a few different options, so we’ll show you how to perform a reverse image search on Android or iPhone.

How to reverse search an image using Chrome

If you’re using Chrome on Android or an Apple device, it’s very easy to perform a reverse image search. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the image in question in the Chrome browser.
  2. Tap and hold on the image until a menu of options pops up.
  3. Tap on Search Google for this image.
  4. Take a look at the results.

If someone sent you the image or you already have it on your phone there’s a way to upload it to perform a reverse image search, it’s just a bit more hassle. This next method will work with any browser.

How to reverse search an image on an Android phone

To upload an image to perform the reverse image search on, you need to get to the desktop version of Google’s image search. Here’s how:

  1. Go to images.google.com in your browser.
  2. You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to request it. In Chrome, tap the three dots at the top right to open the More menu.
  3. Tick the Desktop site option.
  4. Tap on the small camera icon to get the option to upload an image.

How to reverse search an image on an iPhone

You can do the same thing on an Apple device, but the route is slightly different. Here’s how:

  1. Go to images.google.com in your browser.
  2. You want the desktop version, so you’ll need to request it. In Safari, tap the Share icon, with the arrow pointing up, to open the share menu.
  3. Scroll along the bottom options until you find Request Desktop Site and tap it.
  4. Tap on the tiny camera icon to get the option to upload an image.

How to reverse image search using a website

You have a few more options if you want to perform a reverse image search, regardless of which mobile platform or web browser you’re using. Here is a website that will help you perform a reverse image search:

  1. In your web browser of choice, navigate to tineye.com.
  2. Tap the arrow icon to the left of the search box to upload a picture.
  3. You can choose to take a picture using your device’s camera, pick an image from your device’s photo gallery, or browse for another location. The options you’ll get are slightly different depending on your phone.
  4. Once your picture is uploaded, which can take a few seconds, you’ll see any matches found.

There are also some third-party apps that can also do reverse image searches but I recommend the above methods.