In this guide, I’m going to teach you 3 different ways to do a reverse image search using your iPhone or iPad. As a netizen, you have the right to obtain detailed information about any content you consume, including images.
A reverse image search allows you to determine the source of an image, the story behind an image. You can even cross-check the authenticity of the image right from the comfort of your iPhone.
Most of the time, when searching the internet, we find a dozen of pictures with some associated story behind them. Now, how can we verify whether the image we are seeing has some truth to it or not?
With my guide, I will show you how to perform a reverse image search on an iPhone using the Safari browser app as well as the Chrome browser app. Along with that, I will also demonstrate how you can conduct reverse image searches on your iPhone or iPad using a dedicated app.
Apple iPhone Models that Support Reverse Image Searching
The following is a list of all iPhone models that support reverse image search.
|iPhone Series||Models that Support Reverse Image Search|
|iPhone 7||A1660, A1778, A1779|
|iPhone 7 Plus||A1661, A1784, A1785|
|iPhone 8||A1863, A1906|
|iPhone 8 Plus||A1864, A1897, A1898|
|iPhone X||A1865, A1901, A1902|
|iPhone XR||A1984, A2105, A2106, A2107, A2108|
|iPhone XS||A1920, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2100|
|iPhone XS Max||A1921, A2101, A2102, A2103, A2104|
|iPhone 11||A2111, A2223, A2221|
|iPhone 11 Pro||A2160, A2217, A2215|
|iPhone 11 Pro Max||A2161, A2220, A2218|
|iPhone SE 2nd Generation||A2275, A2298, A2296|
|iPhone 12 Mini||A2176, A2398, A2400, A2399|
|iPhone 12||A2172, A2402, A2404, A2403|
|iPhone 12 Pro||A2341, A2406, A2408, A2407|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||A2342, A2410, A2412, A2411|
Three Simple Methods to Perform Reverse Image Search
1. Perform Google Reverse Image Search Using the Safari Browser App
Let’s look at how to use the native Safari browser app and perform a reverse image search.
- Open the Safari browser on your iPhone
- Please type the following in the address bar: images.google.com
- Once you hit enter, Google Images will load. After that, you will need to switch from mobile to desktop view.
- Tap the arrow mark in the square button you see right in the URL bar [on iOS 15]. On iOS 14, you need to tap on the Aa button.
- A small menu will appear from which you can select Request Desktop Website
- This will convert Google Images’ mobile version to its desktop version
- Next, tap on the camera icon to upload the image you wish to reverse search through its URL (from any source) or upload it directly from the iPhone device storage.
- By clicking Choose File, you will be able to upload your image file for reverse image search
- It is even possible to click a brand new image (if required) and upload it for searching
- Once you upload the image and hit ‘search’, the picture’s details will appear.
- For instance, I reverse searched a photo of a motorcycle, and you can see search details about a list of articles concerning the same vehicle.
- Keep in mind that depending on the file size, the upload may take some time.
- There is an option to find more sizes of the image. If you want to view the image in a certain resolution then you can use this option.
2. Reverse Image Search Using the Chrome Browser App on iPhone
Now, let us use the Chrome browser app and perform a reverse image search.
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Access any website you want. For instance, I use scoopsquare24.com. I just saw this article about Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
- Now, I want to reverse search that article’s thumbnail image, so I hold and press it.
- A menu will show up
- From that, select the option Search Google for This Image
- Immediately more articles and information about the Galaxy S22 Ultra will appear in Google search results. How simple is that?
- To view the same image in various resolutions you can use the More Sizes option.
3. Use the Reversee App on iPhone or iPad to Perform Reverse Image Search
If you are not interested in using the old-school Google image searching through the browser apps, you can use a dedicated app called Reversee to perform a reverse image search. This app is available on the App Store.
This app will gather information about the image that you submit for reverse image searches from Google.
- Install and launch the Reversee app on iPhone or iPad
- Then upload an image from the iPhone or paste a link from any source
- If you paste from any external link, the paste action will be automated on the Reversee app to make the process faster.
- Tap on Search
- You will be redirected to the search results found on Google. For example, I tried reverse-searching the Batman Animated Series logo and you can see the results that came up.
As you can see, there is no significant difference between three of the methods. It’s only a matter of convenience for the respective user whether to use Safari, Chrome browser application, or the Reversee app.
I prefer the Chrome browser app because it does not ask you to convert the Google Images home page to a desktop version.
In conclusion, these are all the methods you can follow when you want to perform a reverse image search on your iPhone. I would love to hear your favorite method in the comments.