How to Search an Image on Google

Find an image by web or phone

An image of Google Image Search on a laptop screen.
Google Image Search on a laptop screen.

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Google Search lists web pages in search results by default, but you can also search for images. Here's how to search an image on Google in just a few simple steps so you get a plethora of image results.

How to Search an Image on Google via the Web

There are two different ways you can search for an image on Google:

  • Google.com
  • images.Google.com
A screenshot of Google.com.

Using Google.com

  1. Navigate to https://google.com in your preferred desktop web browser. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge, Explorer, etc; they all work.
  2. Type a keyword or phrase into the search field.
  3. Press the Enter key or select the Google Search button or the magnifying glass icon to perform a regular search.
    1. Tip: You can also use Google Voice by selecting the microphone icon.
  4. Tap Images in the horizontal menu beneath the search field. If you searched for a term that's very visual by nature, Google might show a preview grid of image results at the top of your results.

Using Images.Google.com

  1. Navigate to https://images.google.com in a web browser.
  2. Type a keyword or phrase into the search field.
  3. Press the Enter key or select the Google Search button, the magnifying glass icon, or the microphone icon to search.
A screenshot of Google.com.
Google.com.

Regardless of which one you choose for your image search, you'll see a grid of image thumbnails that are most relevant to your search. From here, you can:

  • Move your cursor over any image thumbnail to see the image size and source;
  • Select any of the related terms listed in bubbles at the top to filter your results; or
  • Select Tools at the top to search images by Size, Color, Usage rights, Type, and Time

How to Search an Image on Google via a Mobile Device

If you want to Google an image from a mobile device, you have a couple of different options. First, you should know you don't necessarily need any specific apps if you already have a mobile web browser app installed on your device.

Use Your Mobile Web Browser to Access Google.com or Images.Google.com

  1. Open your preferred mobile web browser app.
  2. Navigate to https://google.com or https://images.google.com.
    1. Note: If you're using Google Chrome, you might open the app only to arrive at Google.com by default.
  3. Type a keyword or phrase into the search field.
  4. Tap the magnifying glass icon to perform your search.
  5. If you used https://google.com, tap Images in the horizontal menu to only see image results.

Just like performing an image search from a desktop web browser, you can select related terms in bubbles at the top or refine your results by popular filters like Latest, GIF, HD, Product, Color, Labelled for reuse, and Clip Art.

Two screenshots of Google.com via Safari mobile web browser.
Google.com via Safari mobile web browser.

Use the Google Mobile App

If you're using an Android device, you probably have the Google Android app installed on your device already. If you're using an iOS device, however, you might need to download the Google iOS app.

  1. Open the Google app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Type a keyword or phrase into the search field.
  3. Tap the magnifying glass icon to perform your search. Alternatively, tap the microphone icon to search by voice.

You'll see a much more simplified grid of image results on the app; a greater emphasis is placed on the visual stuff compared to the image search results you'll get on a mobile web browser. For instance, you won't see a horizontal menu at the top with related terms and other search filters.

Two screenshots of the Google app for iOS.
The Google app for iOS.

Reverse Search an Image on Google

If you already have an image but want to find other sources or similar images, you can use the power of Google to scour the web for what you're looking for. Simply take the image URL or file and use it to perform a reverse picture search using Google Images.