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How To Use Reverse Image Search on Google

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Google offers a reverse image search option that you can use to search for images.

For example, if you have a photograph of a product you would like to buy, but do not know the name of the product, you can use a reverse image search to find that same or similar product. This could be a photograph sent to you by a friend that you want to find out more details about or to see how took it or who owns it.

 

Let’s Start With How to use Google’s reverse image search feature

The first thing you will need is to have the photo stored on your device, this could be on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Go to Google Images and then click on the photo icon in the search box, you will then be given the option to Paste the Image URL or Upload an image. Select the Upload an image option and then select Choose File on your mobile device or Browse on your computer.

You will then be able to upload a file to your browser and Google will show you exactly the same images like the one that you upload if they are available. If exact images are not available, Google will show you similar images.

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This can be seen in the picture below where we uploaded a photo of the new iPhone 13 Pro Max in the new green color. Google was able to recognize this image and show us the same picture and also very identical ones.

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What can I use reverse image search for?

Google’s reverse image search feature is a great tool, it can be used to verify that someone is who they say they are. Many people have seen the popular MTV show Catfish, where people pretend to be someone else and are tracked down by the Catfish team, one of the tools that they use is image search on Google to see if the person is who they say they are.

This can be a great way to spot a fake online profile that someone may be using, if the original image is online, then it will show up in Google’s image search when you upload it.

 

What else can image search be used for?

Google’s photo search feature is also used by journalists and others to spot fake news and fake photos. Many fake news stories use photos that may be connected to something else, if you put this photo into Google’s image search then you will be able to discover when this image was originally used.

Many fact-checking institutions can use this image search feature to decide whether or not a picture used with a particular story is real or not. This can be a terrific way to determine fake news from actual news.

There are numerous different things that you can use the reverse image search feature on Google for, we hope you find this guide helpful, if you have any queries, please leave a comment below and let us know.

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