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    How to find a photo on Google

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    How to Google a photo from your computer

    If you prefer to act as a computer, here it is how to find a photo on google using both the classic text search and the reverse search.

    To search by keyword, the first step you need to take is to connect to the official Google Images site, enter the keyword in search bar in the center of the page and press onlens icon on the right (or press Submit on the keyboard).



    The screen containing all the images associated with the search will open. If you want to break them down based on certain parameters, you can use filters present at the top. For example, you can choose to see only the latest images, GIF, those with a certain resolution or select i tag related.

    Once you have found the image you are interested in, click on his box, to enlarge it. Now you can use the appropriate buttons to directly open the website on which it was published, share the image and add the photo to favorite images. There is also the possibility of sending a feedback on the content.

    Now let's move on to the reverse search. To use this feature, all you have to do is connect to the official Google Images page and press onicona della macchina photography present in search bar. Later, you can choose whether to base your search on an image from the web (by pasting the link e premendo sul pulsating Search by image) or whether to upload a photo from your computer (by pressing the button Upload an image, using the button Choose File / Browse and choosing the photo to load).



    Great, now you just have to wait a few moments and the service will offer you a series of photos similar to the one you uploaded (Visually similar images). At this point, all you have to do is consult the screen that is proposed to you and find the photos that interest you. In case you don't know how to get the address of an image on the Internet, just right click on it and select the item Copy the address of the image from the menu that appears on the screen.

    If necessary, you can filter the search results by pressing the button Instruments, located at the top right, and selecting one of the available options: Visually similar, to view all images similar to the one you indicated or uploaded to the service, or Other dimensions, to view similar photos but in other sizes. There are, then, the filters linked to the time of online publication (eg. Last hour, Last 24 hours, Last settimana etc.).

    How to search for a photo on Google from your mobile

    Searching for a photo on Google is also possible from a smartphone (and tablet): below you will find all the relevant instructions.

    Google Images

    Service Google Images it is also available from mobile devices and works in a very similar way to its desktop version.

    You must then follow the same procedure described in the chapter on how to search for a photo on Google from a computer, but using a mobile browser. To enable the possibility of performing reverse searches, then, you will need to enable the desktop view mode.


    To do this, first go to the Google Images home page using your favorite browser (eg. Chrome for Android or Safari for iOS) and follow the steps below.


    • Chrome - tap the ⋮ button at the top right and check the box Desktop site.
    • Safari - long tap on the icon to reload the page (the circular arrow) present in the address bar and select the item Request desktop site give the menu check if you press.

    At this point, the Google Images site will be displayed in desktop version and thecamera icon placed on the search bar. Press on it and choose whether to paste theURL of an image found online or if upload an image from your device, just as seen in the PC procedure above.

    Image Search (Android)

    Another method to search for images online via Android smartphone is to use the free application Image Search, which has a simplified interface for searching images on Google.

    To download Image Search on your device, you just have to open the Play Store, press the button Install, wait for the download procedure to be completed and tap the button apri.

    Once the application is started, tap oncloud icon, located at the bottom right, select the photo saved in the Gallery of the smartphone to use for the search and press on the item Start upload. A screen containing the search results will appear on the screen. All you have to do is select the image that interests you and that's it.


    I point out that the app also integrates the function Custom search engines, which allows you to add other search engines to further customize the results.

    Reverse Image Search App (iOS)


    How do you say? Do you own a iPhone (or a iPad)? No problem: there is a solution similar to Image Search for iOS as well. I'm talking about Reverse Image Search App, a free solution that allows you to search for images on Google using the system roll or clipboard.

    To download the application in question, just visit this App Store link from your iPhone / iPad, press the button Get, verify your identity with Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password and wait for the download process to complete.

    Once you have downloaded the application, open it and choose to have to take the image (between Photos, Camera e ClipBoard Image), then select the photo to search for and press on the item Search, present at the top right.

    You can also edit the photo by rotating it (using the voice Rotate which is located at the bottom left) or by cropping it (via the voice Crop present at the bottom right). At this point, the screen will open that will show you the other similar photos that can be found online.

    In some cases, you may be prompted to click on the icon X to remove banner ads. In short, nothing could be simpler.

    How to search for a gallery photo on Google

    How do you say? Have you uploaded photos to the Gallery of your Android smartphone, via the Google Photos application, and can't find them anymore? Don't worry, this is a simple operation and now I will explain how to do it.

    From your mobile

    The Google Photos application for Android and iOS allows you to sync Gallery photos and videos to an online space. The photos stored on the cloud space of the service (free, if you accept the resolution limit of 16MP for photos and 1080p for videos) can also be viewed from smartphones and tablets: I'll explain how to do it right away.

    After starting the application, press on the item CONSENT, to grant Google Photos all the appropriate permissions, then bring the lever of Backup and synchronization su ON e fai tap sul pulsating NEXT. At this point, press on the item High quality (unlimited free storage) and press pulsating Confirmation. Perfect, now you have successfully set up the Google Photos application and you can access the images uploaded to the Gallery associated with the profile. You may be prompted to log into your Google account.

    To search for an image, all you have to do now is press on search bar at the top and type a keyword. Typically, photos are automatically sorted based on where and when they were taken. For example, to see the shots related to your business trip to Milan, write “Milano” and press the icon Submit, present at the bottom right. In this way, all the images related to that event will appear on the screen.

    You can also search for images based on what or who they portray (ex. "birthday cake", to view photos of a birthday cake, or "[Person Name]", to view the photos that portray the person you are looking for, provided you have previously activated the function in question).

    From computer

    Being a cloud-based tool, Google Photos it is also easily accessible via browser, therefore from computer. Its operation, in this case, is practically identical to that of the application for Android and iOS.

    To use Google Photos on your computer, go to the official website of the service and press the blue button GO TO GOOGLE PHOTO, present in the center of the page. Then log into your Google account by entering email address e Password, and you should find all the photos uploaded from your smartphone.

    To see the shots of your business trip in Tuscany, for example, write "Tuscany" and press the button Submit on the keyboard. All the photos related to the search will appear on the screen. Easier than that?

    How to find Google account photos

    You would like to discover the profile photo of your contact's Google account but you don't know how to do it? Don't worry: I'll tell you how to proceed. All you need is a Google account.

    From computer

    If you prefer to act as a computer, know that you can proceed through any browser for web browsing, using the official portal Google Contacts, which allows you to manage the address book of your Gmail account and view the image associated with the Google accounts of your contacts.

    To proceed, you must therefore connect to Google Contacts and log in to your Google account, by entering email address e Password. Then all the contacts you have associated with your profile will appear on the screen. In case these are not there, you can press the button Create contact present at the top left and add your friend's account by completing the fields Your name, Last name, Society, Qualifications, Email, Telephone e Notes.

    Now, to view the profile photo associated with a contact, all you have to do is tap on account name. At the top left you will find the photo account and pressing on it you can also upload an image from your computer to better remember that person.

    From your mobile

    The Google Contacts application for Android also allows you to view someone else's Google profile photo.

    To proceed, all you have to do is start the application in question (most likely pre-installed on your smartphone), select theGoogle account where you have saved your contacts and press on name of the person of your interest: you will find hers profile picture at the top and you can enlarge it with a simple tap on it.

    In case you have not saved the contacts on your Google account, you can do this by clicking on the icon + present at the bottom right and completing the fields Your name, Last name, Society, Telephone, Mobile phone, Email e Home, in the screen that opens.

    Alternatives to Google Images

    In addition to Google, there are also other search engines that allow you to find images on the web - let me recommend some of the best ones.

    • Bing: Microsoft's search engine. It allows both keyword and reverse search. You can access the service by connecting to its official website.
    • DuckDuckGo: the search engine known for its high attention to privacy also allows you to search for photos on the Internet. However, reverse lookup is not possible. To use the service, you just need to connect to its official website, type in your search terms and select the "Images" tab from the results page.
    • Qwant: another search engine known for its focus on privacy. It allows you to search for images online using keywords, but does not allow you to perform the reverse search. To use the service, you just need to connect to its official website, type in your search terms and select the “Images” tab from the left sidebar.

    Before leaving you free to roam the Web in search of what you need, I remind you that you can find excellent quality material to use for your projects, both personal and professional, by taking advantage of some sites that allow you to obtain high quality images at no cost. If you are interested, I recommend that you consult my guides on free photos and images to download.

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