Internet has no dearth of amazing pictures. And, if you’ve chanced upon a beautiful image, so much so that it somehow stayed with you, pick any of these reverse image search engines and apps to find out where else it’s present on the web.
Best Reverse Image Search Engines for Web
1. Google Images
Easily the most popular of the lot. And, quite an obvious route for most people who look for images on the web. It’s simplified, very generic, relevant to the job and free to use. Google Images introduced reverse image search in the year 2011 and kept it amazingly simple since then. If you stumble upon an image on the web, you need to either upload the image in question or the URL link to trace back its origin. You can also drag and drop the image to know similar images appearing elsewhere on the internet, or the same image with better resolution quality. Google Images will get you best results either way.
Since Google Images is the mainstream favorite and has more pages indexed than any other engine, you’re likely to get the most accurate results in a jiffy. There are absolutely no restrictions on image file and type, and searches are carried out on the basis of shape, size, color and resolution of the image (or the image’s URL) entered.
Note: If you’re on Chrome, you’re saved from going into this rigmarole. Just right tap on the image and click ‘search Google for this image’.
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2. Bing Image Match
Coming from the aegis of Microsoft, Bing has everything you need to search faster and easier. It introduced reverse image search in the year 2014 and branded it as Bing Image Match. The premise is simple – you can either upload an image or hyperlink it to find similar looking images or dig out the source of the image.
In 2016, Bing activated reverse image search for its iOS app, where it allowed users to take a picture or use an existing image on Bing to find matching results. However, the results are a bit erratic. Not satisfying as much as Google Images. Notably, a few years back, Google has launched a similar app-based facility, Google Goggles, using which, you can search by pointing your camera at a picture (including a landmark or a barcode) and get the useful information if the image is on Goggles’ database. However, Google has shelved the service and there are no updates on the app since 2014.
Bing Image Match is mostly plain sailing, but still can’t rival Google Images. The reason is that Bing indexes less pages than Google and fails to deliver results of interest.
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The most successful reverse image search engine with over 13.9 billion images indexed, TinEye rivals the mammoth Google and how! It is even touted as the first website ever to rock the technology of image search.
TinEye is an easy, fast and scalable image search and tracking tool that lets you find duplicate and modified image copies on the web. It works the same way – you need to upload an image or enter the link to see the similar kind of images across the web. It doesn’t identify the place and people in the images, but scans the whole pictures to provide matching results. Moreover, you can also keep a check on illegal use of your image or any copyrighted image. Extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari are available. One downside to TinEye is the restrictions it offers in terms of image size and type uploads. It allows uploads till 20 MB only and supports JPEG, GIF and PNG formats only.
TinEye features many impressive tools.
- WineEngine: A program that uses a mobile photo of a wine or other spirit labels to get you similar references. It also helps in identifying which wine is appearing in the image and how vintage it is.
- MobileEngine: An API that adds the capability of image recognition to an app. You provide a database of images (which can be of anything, from retail, art, books and e-commerce) and if a picture is photographed and recognized, MobileEngine will get you references matching with the object in the image.
- MulticolorEngine: Arguably the best color search in the engine, it is an API again that extracts colors from 20 million creative commons images from Flickr and searches duplicate images, having same shades of colors.
TinEye’s free version lets you do 150 searches in a week. There’s a premium version as well, starting at $200/per year.
Yandex is Russia’s Google and has its own reverse image search component. You can either upload the image directly or input the URL link to find identical images. You can customize your searches by selecting the size-based filters (large, medium and small). Yandex, despite being a Russian standard, is plain simple and can be accessed with zero fuss by anyone across the globe. It’s free, requires no sign-up details and tosses out most authentic results based on your search.
Much like Google, Yandex also lets you search directly for a particular image by right tapping on it and clicking ‘search for this image on Yandex’. The only rider is that you must be having Yandex browser.
5. Image Raider
Image Raider can’t be skipped out from the list. It’s very famous and known for its bang-on image results. Why? Because it uses Google, Bing and Yandex searches to help you find matching results of the image in question.
The USP of Image Raider is its multi-image search capability. You can carry out reverse image searches for more than one image (up to 20 images) at a time. Another impressive feature is multiple input options for an image. Unlike other engines on the list that allow only two methods (either by uploading the image or entering the URL) to input the image, Image Raider offers multiple options:
- Add URL of the page and Image Raider will pick up all the images to search matching images.
- Add images to Image Raider directly from Flickr, DevianArt and 500px account.
- Add image from XML Sitemap.
This tool will hold maximum appeal to Designers and Photographers, who need to routinely search web pages to see where their works have been published. This is also useful in nipping the copyright violations, since designers and photographers can easily run the search to track their images across the web and see whether their works carry adequate source links or attribution. Though Image Raider provides the most relevant results, it goes a tad sluggish during searching for the clone images.
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6. Karma Decay
It’s a Reddit exclusive! And useful in a sense that it will dig out the identical images across all subreddits, bring them to your notice and prevent you from re-posting on Reddit. And thus, will save you from a lot of flak that comes your way when you re-post. Karma Decay will comb through all subreddits to provide duplicate content, but you can narrow down your search to particular subreddits for more relevant and faster results.
7. Pinterest Visual Search Tool
Pinterest launched its own reverse image search variant in November ‘15 and is the most choicest tool you would ever know. One of the most impressive features about this tool is that it lets you zoom into a particular part of an image and search for it specifically. In an instant, you’ll be able to see all the identical images given elsewhere on the internet, including the e-commerce websites where you can go and buy it.
Reverse Image Search for Smartphones
8. Google Goggles For Android
Google Goggles is an amazing app that lets you find images in exchange of an image only. This means, it doesn’t accept the URL of the image. Goggles will scour its database and will provide you with the relevant information. It can also scan barcodes and QR codes. Notably, Google has discontinued its updates for its Goggles app in 2014.
9. Veracity for iOS
Veracity is the best reverse image search app for iOS. The app lets you input images straight from your camera, gallery and the cloud platform, Dropbox. Once the image is chosen, you simply tap on it and you’ll get useful information in no minute. You can also call the shots on social media profiles that use fake photos. Veracity is free, but you have to pay $1.99 for ad-free experience.
10. Reverse Image Search for Windows
This reverse image search for Windows Phone lets you search images on any of your preferred engine – Google, Bing, TinEye or Yandex. You can simply upload the picture or enter the URL to find identical images across the web. The app also lets you crop the images before entering it to the search section for better relevancy of results.
That’s a wrap. These are the best reverse image search engines we know. These tools are a great way to know a deal about a thing we don’t know. For instance, if you wish to know about a food product or a gadget, you can simply run a search on these tools to find specific results. Also, these are quite powerful products when it come to cracking a whip on copyright breachers, rumor mongers and fake news hawkers on social media.