How to Perform a Reverse Image Search on Android or iOS

How to perform a reverse image search on Android or iOS? Image search is in itself a powerful tool. But what if you want to know where that image came from? This is where reverse image search arrives into play. Especially when you must know its unknown source or origin, locate similar images, or fact-check an image.

It helps accomplish that task on your iOS or Android device as well as on your desktop or laptop. Now, on a laptop or desktop it is an effortless task but how can you possibly do it on your mobile phone? Here is how you can utilize the feature – read our step-by-step guide:

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How to Reverse Image Search on Android

Efforts to reverse search an image using Google Chrome:

  • Go to your selected image in the Chrome browser.
  • Tap and hold on to the image until a menu pops up.
  • Tap on Search with Google Lens (Android 10 and above).
  • See the results.

Steps to reverse search an image with Google Lens

This process works when you already have the image saved in your camera roll.

  • Open up the picture you want to reverse image search.
  • Click on the Google Lens icon you can see on the top right corner of your screen. Once you accomplish it, it starts the image-recognition operation.
  • The application will then perform a reverse image lookup, identify the image, and offer alternate similar images.

How to Reverse Image Search on iPhone

For web images,

  • Go to in your browser.
  • You’ll need to request the desktop version.
    • In Safari, click the Share icon, with the arrow pointing up, to open the share menu.
    • In Chrome, tap the three-dot More icon at the bottom-right of the screen.
  • Scroll down the options until you see Request Desktop Site and tap it.
  • Click on the tiny camera icon to get the option to upload an image. Then, do a reverse image search by uploading a photo from the photo gallery on your iPhone.

Using Google Lens,

  • Open the Google App and tap on the Google Lens icon in the search bar.
  • Click on the Photo picker and choose a saved photo from the gallery.
  • A window will appear at the bottom with all the search results.

Although one should note that Google Lens also lets you select smaller parts of an image and do an image search. You can choose an object in the picture or draw a selection box around any part of the image to start the reverse image search.

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