How to Search Twitter Images

Find the picture you're looking for with a few simple tricks

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If you want to find tweets on Twitter that contain a specific keyword, phrase or hashtag, it's easy enough to run a quick search in the search field on Twitter. But what if you want to do a Twitter image search to find tweets containing relevant photos?

It's easier than you might think to do a Twitter image search. Follow the steps below to find out how.

The following instructions apply only to Twitter.com in a desktop or mobile web browser. Unfortunately, the official Twitter mobile apps for iOS and Android don't currently have the same image search capabilities as the web version.

How to Do a Basic Twitter Image Search

  1. Navigate to Twitter.com in a web browser and if necessary, sign into your account or switch to the appropriate account.

  2. Use the search field at the top of the desktop web version or tap the magnifying glass at the top of the mobile web version to type in a search term related to the images you want to find. For example, if you wanted to find images with dogs in them, you could simply type dogs or #dogs.

    A screenshot of Twitter.com.
  3. Select the magnifying glass button on the desktop web or hit the Go button on the mobile web version to perform your search.

  4. Select Photos from the secondary horizontal menu at the top to filter out all tweets except tweets with images.

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  5. On the desktop web, you'll be shown a grid of relevant photos from the most recently tweeted tweets. On the mobile web, you'll be shown a feed of tweets.

    If you're viewing on the desktop web, you can select any image to see it in full along with the user/username and any tweet text at the bottom.

    A screenshot of Twitter.com.

    Twitter will show you tweeted images based on whether the term you searched for was found in the tweeter's full name, the tweeter's username or the tweet itself.

  6. On the desktop web, use the arrows on the left and right side of the image to browse back and forward through the image results.

Optionally use the buttons at the very bottom of the tweet summary to Reply, Retweet, Like, Direct Message or do More.

How to Do an Advanced Twitter Image Search

If you need to search for more than just a particular keyword, phrase or hashtag, then a Twitter advanced search can come in handy. Here's how to use Twitter's advanced search tool to do an image search.

  1. Navigate to Twitter's advanced search tool in a desktop or mobile web browser at Twitter.com/search-advanced. You might have to login into your account if you're not already logged in.

  2. You have several search fields you can fill out to get super specific about your image search. You can search by:

    • Words (All of these words, This exact phrase, Any of these words, None of these words, These hashtag)
    • Accounts (From these accounts, To these accounts, Mentioning these accounts)
    • Dates (From this date, To this date)

    As an example, let's say that you want to search for images of dogs, but you only want to see image results from the account @dog_feelings and starting from the date of January 1st, 2019 and onward.

    You could fill out the following fields:

    • All of these words: dogs
    • Any of these words: dogs, dog
    • From these accounts: dog_feelings
    • From this date: 2019-01-01
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  3. Select the blue Search button to perform your search.

  4. Select Photos from the secondary horizontal menu at the top to filter out all tweets except tweets with images.

  5. From the grid or feed of relevant photos displayed in your search results, select any image to see it in full.

  6. On the desktop web, use the arrows on the left and right side of the image to browse back and forward through the image results.