Google Images lets you type in the text and displays the images most relevant to the supplied query. Google Images also lets you do the reverse image search. It allows you to upload an image and find the results matching with or relevant to that image. The catch here is that you can do that only on your computer. For some strange reasons, the mobile version of Google Images webpage does not support Google reverse image search on mobile devices such as Android and iOS. But, what if you did need to perform a reverse search? Luckily, there are some good tools you can use on your mobiles for this purpose. These apps pick the images from your device storage, within the apps, web pages on browsers and even cloud storage and display the reverse results. And, if you don’t feel like downloading an app for a quick reverse look up, you can use one of the web services we have listed later in the article. Take a look!
REVERSE IMAGE LOOKUP ON ANDROID
Here is the list of the apps and utilities you can use to reverse look up the image on Android:
Image Search is a smart app that lets you look up for any image using Google. You can look up for any image you like from the browser or device storage (gallery or anywhere else). The app packs some useful features to make your image search more relevant. It also allows you to upload the image before the search. However, you could do it more simply by using the ‘Share’ function.
The app also has some filters you can use to make the search results more relevant to you. For instance, you can have the tool display the results only from a specific region or regions. You may also have it block certain types of results, such as explicit images. If you happen to have a slow internet connection, the app will compress the image files before looking them up. The results can be displayed in any browser of your picking including Google Chrome or any other. The app is free but there are in-app purchases for more advanced features.
2)Search by Image
This is another simple yet effective tool to reverse search the images on Google on your Android device. The app has an added feature that lets you look up for the images in TinEye as well, which is a dedicated reverse image search engine. Using the app is incredibly easy. Just like Image Search, you could upload the pictures to the app and then look up for them whenever you want. If you want something more straightforward, you can pick the image directly from the device storage and look up for it without having to upload it. The app also lets you edit the image before the search. You may resize, crop and even flip the image.
The app shows Google results by default. However, you can have it display the results from TinEye as well. The results are displayed within the app but if you wish to see it in a browser, you may change it in the settings. Just like Image Search, Search by Image also lets you block the explicit results. Search by Image is free but supported by ads.
REVERSE IMAGE LOOKUP ON IPHONE
iPhone too has some useful apps for reverse image look up. Let’s check them out.
1)Search By Image Extension
iOS app repository offers many apps for reverse image look up and Search By Image Extension is one of the best you can get. Looking up for an image is as easy as sharing it from your device storage, such as camera roll or Photos app. In fact, you can look up for an image you have open on a browser too. The ‘Search Image’ function of the app will take care of it all. You can also use the image URL to look up for it.
The app currently has two search engines to look up for an image – Google and Yandex. Google is the default but you can change it to Yandex whenever you like. The results are displayed in the default browser by default. However, if you would rather see the results within the app you can choose the option ‘in-app Safari’ in the app settings. The app is free to install and use.
Reversee is another incredible reverse image look up tool for the iOS platform. The free version of the app is much like any other app we have already discussed here. This version lets you display the results in the browser of your choice. You can pick the images from the storage or use the ones you have uploaded to the app. You may crop, resize and rotate the images before looking them up. The app also lets you pick images from within other apps.
Reversee is free with limited features and is ad-supported. If you wish to unlock the advanced features, there is a Pro version too for $3.99. This version has a more enhanced image editor, is completely ad-free, and offers much more added features. The paid version also lets you see the results from multiple search engines at one time including Bing, Google and Yandex.
Veracity is also one of the most widely used reverse image search tool for the iOS platform. The app allows you to look up the images saved in the device storage including Photos app and Camera roll. You can also pick the image from the clipboard and the cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive. The biggest drawback of the app is that it cannot pick the images from the other apps. This is why it needs to be launched separately every time you wish to reverse look up an image.
Also, the free version doesn’t have an editor. If you need to crop the images, you will have to buy the crop tool for $1 as an in-app purchase. The app is free to download and use but has in-app purchases (as you may have already figured.) But, what I really like about this app is that it can identify various contents within the image to a great extent.
WEB SERVICES FOR REVERSE IMAGE SEARCH
Google’s website doesn’t let you reverse search an image on a mobile. But, there are other search engines that have no such restrictions. So, if you do not wish to download an additional app and quickly want to look up for an image in reverse, here are some web services you can use:
TineEye is easily one of the best web-based image reverse look up tool you will find these days. You can visit the website at www.tineye.com and upload the image you wish to search with from the device storage. The website works well on both Android and iOS platforms.
It also lets you pick the image from cloud storage such as Google Drive (on Android) and iCloud (on iOS). The results are displayed in the browser. It is a pretty effective tool.
CTRLQ’s URL doesn’t quite look like its name, but nevertheless, it can do the job pretty well. You can visit this website at https://reverse.photos/ on both Android and iOS devices. This web service uses Google Search engine to look up with the image.
The image you need to search with must be saved in your device storage (Gallery or Camera Roll). Unfortunately, the website doesn’t pick images from other websites or the cloud storage.
We have already said Google website’s reverse image look up does not work on the mobile devices. It only works on desktops. So, how are we going to use Google Images? Well, we will make use of a workaround.
When you open Google (or most other websites) on a mobile browser, the mobile version of the website opens. But, do you know you could also request the desktop version of the website too on the mobile browsers?
We will use Chrome for this. It works on both Android and iOS.
Visit www.images.google.com on Chrome. Once the site has loaded, tap the menu on the top right with three dots.
Now, from the drop-down menu, select ‘Request Desktop Site.’
Now you will be able to upload the image from the device storage.
In case you wish to use Safari, visit the website and long press the refresh/reload button on the right (next to the address bar). Now you can choose “Request Desktop Site.”
Note: If you are using Google Chrome, you can long press any image on any web page and then select the option “Search Google For This Image”.
For some strange reasons, Google’s mobile website does not let you upload and reverse look up the image from your device storage. Thanks to the various handy apps, reverse image search is possible on the Android and iOS devices. They are quick and effective. In case you do not wish to install an app for you may not reverse search very frequently, you can snappily use the web services we have listed.