Per­form a re­verse Google Im­age search

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We haven’t had many rea­sons to use Google’s re­verse im­age search, but some peo­ple find it in­valu­able. Put sim­ply, you can search us­ing an im­age you al­ready have in­stead of en­ter­ing a text search term. You get visu­ally sim­i­lar im­ages as a re­sult, the same im­age in dif­fer­ent sizes, and web­sites that fea­ture the im­age or those sim­i­lar to the one you’ve searched with.

For some rea­son, Google doesn’t al­low you to up­load an im­age if you’re us­ing a phone, even if you’re us­ing the Chrome browser. All you can do in Chrome for iOS or An­droid is to long-press on an im­age you’ve found in the search re­sults and use that to find sim­i­lar im­ages:

For­tu­nately, some­one has cre­ated a web app that gets around this lim­i­ta­tion.

To use the app, head to ctrlq.org/google/ im­ages/ and tap on the Se­lect Im­age but­ton. You should then see op­tions to take a photo us­ing the cam­era – po­ten­tially use­ful for land­marks or build­ings – or choose an im­age from your cam­era roll or doc­u­ments. In the main, you’ll prob­a­bly use the lat­ter: a photo al­ready stored on your phone. Once you se­lect it, the photo will be up­loaded and ap­pear as a thumb­nail below the Se­lect Im­age but­ton. Tap the Re­verse Search but­ton. Jim Martin

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