How to Use Google Image Search on iPhone or iPad

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You can use Google Image Search to find images, image information, or visually similar images on your iPhone or iPad. You can search with keywords, with an image that you have found, or with an image that you have saved on your device.

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How to find an image with Google Image Search

You can use your favorite browser or the Google app to find an image. Once you find one, you can further refine search results based on Google’s suggestions to find a suitable image.

To get started, open the Google Images Search site in Safari or Google Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. Type words to search for any image you would like to see.

Search anything in Google image search.

Or, with the Google app, simply enter a search term and click “Images” from the results page.

You will get lots of images in search results. On the bar between the images and search category tabs, you will find tiles with relevant words related to the search term you entered. You can keep swiping left on this section until you find an appropriate relevant word.

Swipe left to view more keywords related to image search results.

When you select an appropriate word, it will narrow down the image search results further.

Selecting a related keyword changes the image search results accordingly.

Tap the Settings icon to see more sorting options such as Latest, GIF, HD, Product, Color Options, and Usage Rights. You can choose one to further tweak the results.

Press on "Settings" and choose other sorting options.

How to search with an image from Google search results

If you find an image you like in the image search results, you can search for similar images using the Google Lens feature.

To do this, open Google Images search in your favorite app and search for an image. In the search results, tap one of the images.

Tap any of the images in the Google Image Search results on iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Google Lens icon (square with circle).

The selected photo will open with selection handles around the subject of the photo. You can use these handles to focus on a specific area of ​​the photo (like text) or the entire image.

Move the white handles to adjust the selection and show the white section below for similar images.

You will see the search results in a dialog box below the image. If you adjust your selection, the search results will change.

How to search with a saved image in a browser

If you photographed or downloaded an image on your iPhone or iPad, you can use it in the Google Images search page to find more details or view similar images. You will need to open Google Images Search in desktop view before downloading the image.

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To get started, launch the Google Images Search site in a browser on your iPhone or iPad. Next, you will need to open the site in its desktop version. Here’s how you can do it.

In Safari, tap the “aA” icon in the address bar and select “Request desktop site” from the context menu.

Press the "aA" button in Safari's address bar.

In Google Chrome, tap the three horizontal dots in the lower left corner and select “Request desktop site” from the pop-up menu. Other browsers will have a similar option in the page settings.

Tap on three horizontal dots in the lower left corner and select "Request a desktop site."

The Google Images search page will appear as a desktop version in your mobile browser. Next, tap the “Search by Image” (camera) icon.

To select "Search by image" (camera button) next to the "To look for" domain.

Select the “Upload Image” tab when the “Search by Image” box appears.

To select "Upload an image" tab in the "Search by image" appear.

Press the “Choose File” button and select “Photo Library” to browse, select and download the saved photo to your iPhone or iPad.

To select "Choose file" button and choose "Photo gallery" to open Photos to select an image to upload.

Once the photo is uploaded, Google Images Search will redirect you to a results page where you will see Google’s best estimate based on the uploaded photo. You will also see similar images on the same page and the links where the similar photo appears.

Search results in Google Images Search on iPhone

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How to Search with Saved Image in Google App

You can use the Google app to search for similar images or find more details about the image saved on your iPhone or iPad.

To get started, launch the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. To the right of the “Search” field, tap the “Google Lens” button (a camera icon).

On the “Google Lens” screen, tap the media icon at the bottom.

Press the "Media" button on the Google Lens camera screen.

If the Google app is accessing the photo gallery for the first time, it will ask you to allow access to your photo library.

Press on "Allow access" ability to select an image from "Pictures" application.

When your gallery photos appear, tap the photo you want to use for image search. When the selected photo appears in the Google app, tap it.

Tap the selected image to download it.

Google Lens will download the image and display the photo with selection handles around it. You can drag these white handles to adjust the selection area.

Google Lens marks important areas in uploaded images with white selection corners.

At the bottom of the screen, you will see a white section where similar images appear. Swipe over to see these images.

Swipe the search results up to view more similar images.

That’s it! You can use Google search in incognito mode on iPhone and iPad if you want to search anonymously.

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