Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web How to Do a Reverse Image Search on iPhone or Android Track down the origins of images using your mobile device by Thomas James Wilton Writer Tom Wilton has been a freelance filmmaker and writer since 2012. His work has appeared in Video&Filmmaker, The Big Issue, and others. He's also been a consultant for CBS. our editorial process LinkedIn Thomas James Wilton Updated on September 11, 2020 Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email Google Images is a useful tool for searching photos online, but did you know it’s also great for researching the origins of a picture? Whether you’re looking for more photos from a set or want to know when a shot first appeared on the web, here are some tips and advice on performing a Google reverse image search on iPhone and Android phones. Mats Silvan/Getty Images Use Google Images to Reverse Image Search on a Mobile Browser The mobile version of Google Images is great if you want to search using keywords, but you can also look up a photo's URL. In your mobile browser, find the image you want to search. Press and hold on the image for a moment and an options menu will show up. Tap Copy Image Location to save the image URL to your clipboard. Go to images.google.com. Tap and hold on the search box, paste the URL, then tap the search icon to start the search. If your search doesn't return any results, try using other search terms or check the URL of the image. Use Google Chrome to Reverse Image Search on iPhone or Android While the mobile version of Chrome isn't quite as feature-rich as its desktop counterpart, it’s still capable of more than a few neat tricks, including performing image searches directly from a web page. Open Google Chrome on your iOS or Android device. If you don’t have it already, you can download Chrome from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Find a picture you want to search. Press and hold on the image for a moment and an options menu will appear. Tap Search Google for This Image. Chrome will launch a new tab and load your search results. Chrome allows you to change the default search engine from Google to Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, or AOL. If you've switched to a different search engine, Chrome will still allow you to search images, but results may vary. Perform a Google Reverse Image Search Using a Downloaded Picture Unlike its desktop counterpart, Google Images doesn't have a native option for searching images you have downloaded to your iPhone or Android device. Fortunately, Digital Inspiration offers a free web tool to let you upload your picture and launch a reverse Google image search. Find the image you want to download, then press and hold on the photo until the options menu appears. Tap Save Image. In your browser, navigate to Digital Inspiration's reverse image lookup tool. This image lookup tool also works on the desktop web. Tap Upload Image. You'll be asked if you want to take a picture or upload one from your device. Tap Photo Library to find and upload your image. You'll be taken to your device albums. Find your image and tap it to launch the search. Next, tap Show Matches. Your Google Images search results will open in a new tab. Tips for Working With Google Reverse Image Search Results Your Google Image results will likely be populated by a number of links and similar pictures. You can refine your results further with additional search tools. Sort Google Images Search Results by Time Time filters are great for finding the earliest instance of an image appearing on the web or tracking changes over time. Perform a Google Images search and go to the results. On the options tab, scroll left, then tap Search Tools. Tap Time. A drop-down menu will appear, giving you options for filtering your results by various periods. Results will now be filtered to only include results from your chosen range. Sort Google Images Search Results by Visually Similar Pictures Google Images' Visually Similar filter is a helpful tool if you're trying to find more photos from a set or tracking any changes that have been made to the image over time. Perform a Google Images search and go to the results. On the options tab, scroll left and tap Search Tools. Tap Search by Image. A dropdown menu will appear, giving you a few options to filter your results. Tap Visually Similar. The page will reload with your search results. How to Perform a Google Reverse Image Search via an App You can also use an app to perform a Google reverse image search. Reverse Image Search Tool for iOS is one of the best. Download Reverse Image Search Tool from the app store.Open the app.It will automatically launch the back camera, allowing you to snap a photo, then search.To launch a Google Images search, tap the gallery icon in the lower right side.You'll be taken to your device albums. Find and tap your image.You now have the option to crop or rotate your image. Tap Done to initiate your search.You can choose to search using Google, Bing, Tineye, or Yandex. If you select Cancel, the app will automatically search using Google.Your results are returned within the app's browser. Reverse Image Search Tool isn't your only app option. Reverse Image Search App for iOS, as well as Photo Sherlock and Image Search for Android are other notable image search apps.