Reverse image search

You can use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web.

How reverse image search works

When you search using an image, your search results may include:

  • Similar images
  • Sites that include the image
  • Other sizes of the image you searched for

Search using an image works best when the image is likely to show up in other places on the web. So you'll get more results for famous landmarks than you will for personal images like your latest family photo.

Reverse image search using your computer

You can search using an image on these computer browsers:

  • Chrome 5+
  • Internet Explorer 9+
  • Safari 5+
  • Firefox 4+
Upload an image
  1. Visit images.google.com or click the camera icon in the search box on any Images results page camera icon.
  2. Click Upload an image.
  3. Click Choose file.
  4. Select the image from your computer.
Drag & drop an image into the search box

If you're on Chrome or Firefox 4+, you can drag an image from your computer into the search box.

  1. Visit images.google.com.
  2. On your computer, click the image you want to search for.
  3. While holding down the mouse, drag the image into the search box.
Search using an image URL
  1. On any website, right-click an image and select Copy image URL.
  2. Visit images.google.com or click the camera icon in the search box on any Images results page camera icon.
  3. Click Paste image URL.
  4. Paste the URL you copied into the box.
  5. Click Search by image.
Right-click an image on a site (Chrome & Firefox)

Chrome

  1. Right-click any image you see on a website or in search results.
  2. Click Search Google for this image.
  3. A new tab will open with your results.

Firefox

  1. Download the Search by Image extension.
  2. Right-click any image you see on a website or in search results.
  3. Click Search Google with this image.
  4. A new tab will open with your results.

Reverse image search using your phone or tablet

You can search Google to find images that are similar to ones you see in search results. This is available on the Chrome app (Android and iPhone or iPad).

  1. Use the Chrome app to a search for what you want to find.
  2. Touch the image you want to search with to open a larger version of the image.
  3. Press and hold the image. In the box that appears, touch Search Google for this image.

How Google uses the image you search with

When you search using an image, any images or URLs that you upload will be stored by Google. Google only uses these images and URLs to make our products and services better.

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Kaley is on the Search support team and author of this help page. Please leave her suggestions below on how to improve this article.

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