How to Reverse Image Search on iPhone

4 easy and simple ways to reverse image search on your iPhone

Reverse Image search offers great convenience when you wish to search for related images of a picture you already have. Almost every search engine offers it and the functionality works like a charm.

However, when it comes to reverse image searches on iPhones, things get a little bit tricky. Typically, when you visit a browser on your computer to reverse search images, you can tap a ‘Camera’ icon to upload a picture and the search results are populated.

But when it comes to the iPhone, the camera icon does not appear and you are left hanging and scratching your head on how to make it work. Thankfully, there are multiple ways you can reverse image search on your iPhone easily without putting in too much effort. For your ease of convenience, we have listed all the methods below.

1. Use Safari

On Safari, you can simply load the desktop websites instead of the mobile version and that will allow you to upload the image on the website.

First, head to images.google.com using Safari on your device.

After that tap on the ‘aA’ button on the left corner of the address bar. Then, tap on the ‘Request Desktop Website’ option to continue. This will reload the website again.

Note: If you click on the ‘Camera’ icon on the mobile version of the website, it redirects you to the Google app which is discussed in the next section of this guide.

Once the website is reloaded, tap on the ‘Camera’ icon. This will open a pop-up window on your screen.

Tap on the ‘Upload a file’ option.

After that, tap on one of the options to upload a picture either from the ‘Photos’ app or the ‘Files’ app. You can also click a picture by tapping on the ‘Take Photo’ option.

You can also paste a link to the picture if it is stored on the Internet or in your personal cloud storage. Then, tap on the ‘Search’ option.

2. Use Google App

If you think using Safari to reverse search an image is too complicated of a process, you can simply download the Google App from the App Store and use the reverse image search feature without any hassle.

First, head to the App Store either from the Home Screen or the App Library of your device.

Then, tap on the ‘Search’ tab from the bottom right corner to proceed.

After that, tap on the search bar present at the top of the page and type Google. Next. tap on the ‘Search’ button from the bottom right corner of the on-screen keyboard.

Then, tap on the ‘Get/Cloud icon’ button to download the app on your device.

Once downloaded, head to the app from the Home Screen or APp Library of your device.

Then, tap on the ‘Camera’ button to proceed.

Next, tap on the ‘Allow access’ button at the bottom of the page to continue. This will bring an alert to your screen.

Then, to give access to selected albums, tap on the ‘Select Photos’ option. Otherwise, tap on the ‘Allow Access to All Photos’ option.

After providing access, navigate and tap on the picture for which you wish to perform the reverse image search.

Another search giant, Bing from Microsoft also allows reverse image search. However, it calls it ‘Visual Search’. You can just head to the Bing website from your iPhone and perform the visual search.

First, head to www.bing.com/visualsearch using a preferred browser on your iPhone. Then, tap on the ‘Take Photo’ button.

After that, tap on the ‘Allow’ button to proceed.

Now, tap on the shutter button to click a picture. To load an image from the gallery, tap on the ‘Image’ icon from the left bottom corner. Then, choose a photo of your choice.

4. Use Any Other Image Search Website

In case the Google or Bing option does not work for you, there are many websites that allow you to perform a reverse image search. One of the very popular sites is TinEye.

First, head to tineye.com using your preferred browser. Then, either tap on the ‘Upload’ button or paste the URL of the image if it is stored in a cloud storage or on the Internet.

If you chose the ‘Upload’ option, tap on one of the options to navigate to the photo and upload it.

Once uploaded, TinEye will display the results on your screen.


Reverse image search can come in really handy when you want to search for an object, plant, animal, or place in the photo. Moreover, having this capability right on your iPhone just adds to the convenience.