How to Reverse Image Search on Your iPhone

We’re living in a world of content creators. Keeping costs down and protecting yourself from copyright lawsuits is of utmost importance, and there are a few ways to accomplish these goals. One of the most important is learning how to reverse image search. Nearly everyone has a website, a blog, a Facebook page, or an Instagram account that includes imagery—either personal photos or stock images. Using your iPhone to check where an image came from, or what the licensing agreement is, is a great way to save money and safeguard yourself and your content. Read on to learn three methods to reverse image search.

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What's in This Article: 3 Methods to Google Image Search on an iPhone

How to Reverse Image Search Using Google Chrome

Although Safari is the default browser on iPhones, many users enjoy using Chrome to do their web browsing. If Chrome is your preferred app, here’s how to do a reverse image search with it:

  1. Tap and select the image or the URL of the image you’re investigating and copy it.

  2. Open the Google Chrome app.

  3. Tap Images in the top center of your screen.

    chrome app iphone tap images

  4. In the lower right corner, tap on the ellipses to reach the More menu.

  5. Scroll and tap Request Desktop Site.

  6. On the next screen, tap the camera icon in the search bar.


    tap the ellipses request desktop site

  7. Here you have a choice to either paste the image URL or upload an image. For this article, we are pasting a URL. Please note that uploading an image is exactly the same process except that you choose an image from your own photos.

  8. Paste the URL and tap Search by image.

  9. You’ll now see a page that displays your image and similar images on the web.

  10. Next to your photo at the top, you’ll see links to other sizes of the image in question.

  11. Tap All sizes to see every website that uses that image.

    tap all sizes

How to Reverse Image Search Using Safari

You can do a reverse image search with Safari in much the same way as in Chrome. Here’s how to get to the Google reverse image search using Safari:

  1. Either copy the image or the URL of the image you’re investigating.
  2. From your home screen, tap on the Safari app.
  3. Go to https://www.google.com
  4. Tap on the word IMAGES at the top of the page.

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  5. At the top left, next to the URL, tap on the Aa.
  6. Tap Request Desktop Website.

    tap the Aa request desktop website
  7. On the next screen, tap the camera icon in the search bar.
  8. Here you have a choice to either paste the image URL or upload an image. For this article, we are pasting a URL. Please note that uploading an image is exactly the same process except that you choose an image from your own photos.
  9. Paste the URL and tap Search by image.
  10. You’ll now see a page that displays your image and similar images on the web.
  11. Next to your image at the top, you’ll see links to other sizes of the image in question. Tap All sizes to see every website that uses that image.

How to Perform a Google Images Advanced Search

At some point, you may wish to ask permission for the use of an image you find on the web or find out the full license agreement for an image. You also may want to find a free stock image for your blog. Here is how to do an advanced search and get that vital information. You can discover this info with either the Safari or Chrome app. For this article, we are going to use Safari, but the process is the same in either app.

  1. Open the Safari app.
  2. Go to https://www.google.com
  3. Tap on the word Images at the top of the page.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, you’ll see the word Settings. Tap that.
  5. Select Advanced Search.

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  6. On the next screen, you’ll see nearly every option you can think of; and if you scroll down, you’ll see a menu for usage rights.
  7. Tap on that, and you can choose whichever option you like.

There you have it. Now you know how to search by image, how to reverse image search, and how to perform a Google images advanced search. Now you can spiff up your social media presence or blog knowing that you have done your due diligence and are using these images legally

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