How to Reverse Image Search with Google Lens: Find Related Photos and More Information

With high-quality photography at our fingertips, it’s hard to imagine that early cameras once occupied entire rooms. The first camera was invented in 1816, and the first photograph was taken in 1826. Now, over two centuries later, billions of photos are just a Google search away.

In part, we have Jennifer Lopez to thank. According to Google, the inspiration for Google Images came after Lopez wore a jungle print dress designed by Donatella Versace in February 2000. At the time, a Google search yielded only links, but many people were specifically looking for photos. This led Google creators to develop a way for users to search directly for images.

How to Reverse Image Search on Google

Reverse image search can help you find more context for an image. By uploading a photo or pasting a link to an image in the search bar, you can discover websites that use the image, related images, and other information. Here’s how to use Google’s reverse image search feature on your computer:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the camera icon in the search bar.
  3. Upload an image by dragging it into the upload box or clicking the “upload a file” button, which opens your computer’s library. Alternatively, paste a link to an image you found online below the upload box.

How to Reverse Image Search on Your Phone

To perform a reverse image search on your phone, you’ll need to download the Google app. Here’s how to use the reverse image function on your mobile device:

  1. Open the Google app on your Android or Apple device.
  2. Tap on the camera icon in the Google search bar.
  3. Allow access to your camera and photo gallery. If you previously denied the Google app access to your camera or photo gallery, manually grant the app permission in settings.
  4. Select a file from your device or snap a picture using the Google app.

How to Search for an Image on Google

You can search for an image on Google using one of these two methods:

  1. Use the search bar to enter your query and click on “Images” after entering your search.
  2. Go to, which will take you directly to a collection of images after entering your query.

How to Use Google Lens

Google Lens’ image recognition software can be used on any image to find related images and other information.

  1. On Google Images, click the Google Lens button in the top right corner of a selected photo—it looks like a camera with rounded edges and a dot in the right-hand corner. This will reveal a collection of related images.
  2. You can also use Google Lens in the Google app by using your phone’s camera or photo gallery.

Google Lens may recognize multiple items in a photo. In this case, you can click or tap to select the specific item that interests you the most.

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