I first noticed a single friend using reverse image search to learn more about a prospective real life date from a virtual date. She had a few of his photos and was able to learn the origin and confirm a lot about the lucky guy using this powerful tool.
You can also use reverse image search to try to find photos or things in photos that are similar. I just used reverse image search to find the name and era of an antique clock. It worked!
Here’s what you need to do to reverse search:
How to reverse image search on an iPhone: Safari Browser
If you have an image saved to your camera roll and you want to see any similar images on the web or perhaps where it originally came from you can do the following:
1) In your Safari browser, visit images.google.com.
2) In order for a camera icon (which we’ll need) to appear in the google search bar, click the “AA” icon in the upper left hand corner of the search bar at the top of the screen.
3) From the dropdown, click “Request Desktop Website”
3) Now you will see a camera icon in the google search bar.
4) Click the camera icon and in the pop-up, click the “upload an image”tab” and then click “photo library”.
5) Select the image in your camera roll you want to reverse image search and select “Choose” in the lower right hand corner.
5) Google images will now show all articles and other visually similar images related to the image you just selected.
How to reverse image search on an iPhone & Android: Chrome Browser
1) Launch the Chrome browser app
2) Tap and hold down on any image on a webpage until a menu comes up
3) Click the last row “Search Google for this Image”
4) Search results based on that image will appear.