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Want to perform a reverse image search iPhone using Safari, Google Chrome or another method?

Have you ever wanted to get information about an image or verify the authenticity of an image you found on the web but don’t know how to? Then, try reverse image search.

Anyone can perform a reverse image search from their desktop or tablet within a matter of seconds.

However, smartphones like iPhone don’t really feature desktop-class web browsers but are instead equipped with a mobile browser that is optimized for the smaller screens. Thus, reverse image searching on iPhone might need some additional steps.

So, do you want to know how to reverse search an image on your iPhone? If yes, then, you’re in the right place because in this post, we’ll be discussing exactly how you could reverse image search on iPhone using three different methods.

1. Reverse Image Search on iPhone Using Safari

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Safari comes pre-installed on iOS and iPadOS and is the default web browser for almost all iPhone and iPad users.

Safari doesn’t have the option that allows you to search for images in the Google search bar unlike a desktop browser.

However, if you have the image on your iPhone (or the URL of the image), you can request the desktop version of Google images.

The steps below shows you how to perform a quick reverse image search on your iPhone using Safari.

  • Open Safari browser from the home screen of your smartphone and navigate to images.google.com
  • Tap on the “aA” icon. You’ll find it at the left of Safari’s address bar
  • Next, tap on “Request Desktop Website” to reload the desktop version of the webpage.
  • Now that you’re in the desktop version of Google images you will notice the option that let you to reverse search in the search bar. Tap on the “Camera “icon at the right side of the search bar.
  • Finally, you can either search by uploading an image or by pasting the image URL from your iPhone. To reverse search an image stores on your phone, tap on “Choose File” and select “Photo Library” to go through “Camera Roll” and other albums to find the image you want to upload.  

2. Reverse Image Search on iPhone Using Google Chrome

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Even though Safari is the default browser on iOS, Google Chrome is also very popular on the App Store. In fact, it is the most popular third-party web browser for iPhones.

You can request desktop website on Chrome to reverse image search, just like you did in Safari, but know that Chrome offers something Safari doesn’t and we’re going to see that below.

  • Install Chrome from the App Store (if you don’t already have it on your phone)
  • Open the Chrome web browser from the home screen of your iPhone
  • Navigate to any webpage and open an image that you want to reverse search
  • Tap and hold the image until a menu pop up from the bottom of your screen where you’ll find an option “Search Google For this Image” this option lets you reverse image directly without having to save and re-upload the image or copy the URL.  

In case you already have the image on your iPhone, follow the steps below to reverse image search using Google Chrome.

  • Navigate to images.google.com
  • Click on the menu icon located at the top right corner (three dots)
  • Next, click on “Request Desktop Site”
  • Next, you will find an icon in the search bar that let you to upload an image or paste the url of an image to perform reverse search.

That is all there is with Chrome on iPhone, which makes reverse image searches very easy.

It is basically just as easy as performing reverse image search on Chrome for desktop browsers whether that’s on Windows, Mac, Linux, or ChromeBook.

Users have always wanted to use reverse image search functionality on the mobile site for images.google.com for quite some time now. It is surprising to see the feature is not yet implemented directly for all web browsers.

That been said, discussed above are just two of the various methods to reverse image search on your iPhone.

Another way you can reverse image search iPhone is to make use of third-party reverse image searching apps that are available on the App Store.

3. Reverse Image Search on iPhone Using Third-Party Applications             

Use the Reversee App to reverse image search on iPhone

Reversee is a free app you can get on the App store. This app lets you perform a reverse image search by using multiple search engines in just few seconds.

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You can even have an extension “Reversee” on the default browser Safari, which can be accessed by clicking the share option at the bottom of the screen.

If you do that, all the images on the particular webpage you were on will be curated together and then you can click on any of them to search for the image on Google. Also, you can crop or adjust the image before searching the image.

Use the Veracity App to reverse image search on iPhone

Veracity is another simple reverse image search app but we are not sure what search engine it fetches the data from. However, it helps to identify the content.

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If you want to find the original source of a fake social profile, you’ll get to know it with the help of this app.

Also, Veracity let you to edit the images, but you need to pay at least $1 to unlock the functionality.

Use Photo Sherlock app to reverse image search on iPhone

Photo Sherlock allows you to upload pictures from your gallery or snap a photo to easily perform a quick reverse image search in the Google and Yandex search engines. ‘

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Just tap the camera icon at the bottom of the window, crop if you wish, and perform the reverse search to find out where the image comes from.

Use Google iOS App to reverse image search on iPhone

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The Google iOS App has a feature called Google Lens, which is located at the top right of search field (next to the mic icon).

Once you click on the icon, lens mode opens with live camera view. Next, you can point the camera at an item or object and it will overlay a small circle on “recognized” objects.

Also, you can click the tiny image/landscape icon on the lens mode, and it let you select from photo library.

The app doesn’t have the desktop/url paste option so it can only reverse search live camera image or saved photos.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know how to perform a reverse image search iPhone, get started searching for the image you were most curious about.

Reverse image search has made it easier for many people to obtain the source of an image, or get more information regarding an object that they have no clue about.

Some people even use reverse image search to find a higher resolution result of the same image, or to track down if an image is legitimate or authentic.

Reverse search image is commonly used to track down and confirm the veracity of memes, viral images, and fake news.

Thanks to this functionality, people find it hard to pose as someone else online and get away with it, as cautious users tend to verify the authenticity of the images using reverse search.

What’s your preferred method for looking up images you find on the web? Do you know of another technique or approach to reverse image search on iPhone? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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