If you have an image for which you want to know where the image originated from, you need to utilize the reverse image search technique. It easy to perform on a desktop (just to head to images.google.com and upload the image you want the details for).
For iOS devices, it depends on what browser you are using (or if you want to get an app installed to perform a reverse image search on iPhone). We shall discuss a couple of methods to help you perform a reverse image search on iPhone.
Note: The methods listed here should work on iOS 9 or above.
Reverse Image Search On iPhone Using Safari
Safari, being the default browser app on iPhone does not provide an option like Chrome does to perform a reverse search while browsing. However, if you have the image on your device (or the URL of the image), you can request the desktop version of Google Images. Follow the steps below to perform a quick reverse image search on your iPhone:
- Head to images.google.com
- Tap on the share button at the bottom of the window. Scroll left (to find the options in the right side).
- Now, tap on “Request Desktop Site” to reload the webpage.
- Finally, you will observe a camera icon near the search bar to either upload the image or paste the URL to perform a reverse image search.
Reverse Image Search On iPhone Using Google Chrome
If you want to perform a reverse image search while browsing the web (without requiring to save the image to your device), we will recommend you to utilize the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone.
Here’s how it is done:
1. Install Google Chrome from the App Store.
2. Once you have it installed, head to any webpage which contains the image you are curious about.
3. Tap and hold the image to find a few options pop up, you will find an option “Search Google For This Image“. Hit it to start looking for it on Google.
In case you have the image already on your device, you can follow the steps below:
- Head to images.google.com
- Tap on the menu icon at the top-right corner (three dots).
- Next, tap on “Request Desktop Site“.
- Now, you will find an icon in the search bar which allows you to upload an image or paste the URL of an image to perform a reverse search.
Reverse Image Search On iPhone Using 3rd Party Applications
Using Reversee App To Reverse Image Search On iPhone
Reversee is a free app available at the App Store which allows you to perform a reverse image search by utilizing multiple search engines in a jiffy. There’s more to it.
You can even have an extension “Reversee” on your Safari browser, which can be accessed by tapping the share option at the bottom of the screen (As shown in the image above).
If you do that, every image on the particular web page you were on will be curated together and then you can tap on any of them to search for the image on Google. In addition, you can even crop/adjust the image before searching the image.
Using Veracity App To Reverse Image Search On iPhone
Yet another simple reverse image search app – Veracity. We’re not sure what search engine it fetches the data from – but it helps to identify the content. Suppose, you want to find the original source of a fake social profile, you will get to know it with the help of Veracity.
I even tried to perform a reverse image search by uploading a meme and it exactly pointed out the Pinterest URL which was the original source for it. You can also edit the photos with this app – however – you need to pay around a dollar to unlock the functionality.
Now that you know to perform a reverse image search on iPhone, get started searching for the precious thing you were most curious about!
Which method do you prefer to perform a reverse image search on your iPhone? Do you happen to know better techniques to reverse image search on iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.