Search Google using images

Instead of typing words, you can use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web. For example, if you search using a picture of your favorite band, you can find similar images, websites about the band, and even sites that include the same picture.

Search by 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.

How to search

Option 1: Use an image from your computer
upload an image

Upload a file

  1. Visit images.google.com or click the camera icon camera icon in the search box on any Images results page.
  2. Click Upload an image.
  3. Click Choose file.
  4. Select the image from your computer.
drag and drop

Drag and drop

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

  1. Visit images.google.com.
  2. Click the image on your computer you want to search for.
  3. While holding down the mouse, drag the image into the search box.
Option 2: Use an image from a website
copy 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 camera icon in the search box on any Images results page.
  3. Click Paste image URL.
  4. Paste the URL you copied into the box.
  5. Click Search by image.
Option 3: Right-click an image on a website (Chrome and 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.

What results look like

When you search by image, your results may include:

  • Image results for images that are similar to yours
  • Web results for pages that include matching images
  • Other sizes of the image you searched for

Availability

You can search by image on the following browsers:

  • Chrome 5+
  • Internet Explorer 9+
  • Safari 5+
  • Firefox 4+

How Google uses the image you search with

When you search by image, any images or URLs that you upload will be stored by Google. Google uses those images and URLs solely to provide and improve our products and services.