A lot of time you wish to find something about an image but you don’t what to do? Though Google lens on your smartphone might find some useful information, it doesn’t do the job. Google Reverse Image Search is a tool that helps you find the origin and all the other important information online.
What is a reverse image search?
- What is a reverse image search?
- Advantages of reverse image search:-
- Types of Reverse image search engines
- Steps to reverse search an image on your smartphone
- Steps to reverse search an image on your PC
Reverse image searching is like an extension to a simple Google search wherein instead of searching with words, and you can search with images. Sometimes it isn’t very easy to find the apt word for what you are looking for.
This is when the reverse image search comes into play. You can be precise with what we want to search by just doing it with a photo or a specific URL. There are times when you don’t know how to describe the picture, but you have the picture. When such a situation comes, reverse image search can cut your work and find you everything related to the image.
Advantages of reverse image search:-
The use of reverse image search may not be clear to you as you might not have tried it as of now, but here are few instances where you can actually use them:-
1. Knowing the use of image
If you are a photographer or an artist, you might upload your clicks or paintings on the internet. It is the best way to know where your images have been reused and plagiarized. By running a reverse image search on your picture, you can see where the picture has been used.
This way, you can reduce the plagiarized use of your picture. In case you are announcing an event or uploading a brochure, you can track the popularity of the image in the internet world with a simple reverse image search. It’s also not good to use plagiarized images in your articles as it affects the SEO of your blog/website.
2. Image authenticity
When one person uploads a picture claiming it to be his own picture, you can check the authenticity of the image with this feature. One can run the image on reverse image search and track the origin of the image. This helps you to know how genuine the image is. This is one of the best uses of this function.
3. Identifying the real identity of people
This is particularly useful for people using social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and even LinkedIn. There are people who use fake images as there profile picture and make that face their digital identity.
There can be hackers who use images of other people as their own and connect to people to hack their accounts and get their personal information. Reverse image search is the best way to know whether the person sending your request to connect is a real or fake person.
Types of Reverse image search engines
1) Google reverse image search
This is the best and the most popular reverse image search in the world. Since Google Chrome is the default search engine of most of the people, its reverse engine is naturally the most used one out of its competitors. The best thing about it that makes it stand out from its competitors is its easy application.
Users have the option of searching an image from the web or searching for an already downloaded image. Starting from 250 million images, Google has increased its database of images exponentially since then. There are times when the uploaded image and the results don’t match, but it is still better than other search engines.
2) Image Raider
This is not like Google reverse search. It has the added ability of long term image monitoring. It is suitable for professional artists like photographers and painters who post their pictures online.
ImageRaider keeps track of their images and notes where all the images are being used and plagiarized. One thing that keeps it behind Google reverse image is that it is not as fast as Google in producing the results. Apart from that, it gives great competition to Google.
It is, in a way, the father of all reverse image search engines. TinEye is the first platform to use image identification technology for searching for information. Even today, it is one of the most popular and widely used reverse engines. It still gives a close competition to Google reverse engine.
Like ImageRaider, it is also beneficial to the professional artists as they can track how their image is being modified and plagiarized others. It also has certain disadvantages. There is an upload size limit of just 20 MB. Moreover, all the services are not free under this reverse engine.
Steps to reverse search an image on your smartphone
In order to use this function on your smartphone, the following steps have to be followed:-
1) Open the Google images option on Google chrome.
2) Search for an image on Google images. It can be any image like a lotus.
3) Now click on the lotus image and open it.
4) Make a long press on the image for options to appear.
5) Click on the option ‘Search on Google for this image.’ You will see several links and images showing images related to the searched image.
Steps to reverse search an image on your PC
1) Open the Google images option on Google chrome.
2) Click on the camera icon that can be seen on the search option of the Google search engine.
3) There are two ways to reverse search an image in your PC- paste image URL or Upload an image option
4) Click on paste image URL and paste the URL of the image that you want to search
5) Or click on ‘Upload an image’ tab
6) Click on the ‘Choose file’ option and upload an image from your PC.
7) Links and images related to the uploaded image will appear.
Reverse engines are surely the new feather to the cap of the internet. Even when technology is changing and getting more and more complex, reverse engines have been modified from normal search engines and have actually simplified the concept of searching. Reverse search engines surely find relevance in today’s time, and it has proved its usefulness through a large number of users of reverse engines.
The idea behind this and the whole concept of the reverse engineering is fascinating. Even though the package comes with its own share of a few disadvantages, it is safe to conclude that the advantages overshadow these flaws.
Featured Image: Screenshot taken by author, March 2020
All screenshots taken by author, March 2020 & GetStencil.com