Reverse image searches can be a breeze on desktop computers, but doing it on mobile devices takes a little more work. Of course, a little annoying that generally you don't get functionality immediately on the phone, but with a certain amount of information on how to move around, looking for information on images and photographs while using a smartphone is much easier than you think it is. That being the case, let's take a look at how to reverse the search for images on Android smartphones and tablets:
Reverse image search on Android using third party apps
There are many reverse image search apps available for download on the Google Play Store, but CamFind, by far the most popular, regardless of whether you're using Android or iOS.
- To get started, download and install CamFind (free) on your Android device. After turning it on, you'll land on the app's built-in camera interface, from which you can upload any image to the company's servers to get more information on the subject. You can take a picture by touching the large blue camera icon on the screen or choose an image from the gallery touching the "+" icon top right.
- Once you use one of these options to upload an image to the CamFind servers, the Image recognition API proprietress CloudSight of the company not only identifies the object, but also suggests websites and resources from which it is possible to gather more information on the subject. We reversed the search on a sedan vehicle and a computer keyboard, and CamFind was unable to correctly identify both, but the most impressive part came when we uploaded the image of a yellow Chinese rose and the app identified it precisely as "Yellow hibiscus flower" (scientific name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis).
Other apps for reverse image search on Android
CamFind an app to use on your phone, but uses its proprietary and non-proprietary image recognition API Google's reverse image search results . In case it is what you are looking for, you can use another fantastic free app called PictPicks (free) that shows you a series of similar images from Google every time you upload an image to its servers, as you can see in the screenshots here below.
We have also tested several other third-party reverse image search apps on Android and iOS only recently, so you can take a look at our detailed article on the subject if you want more options.
Note : if you have a Pixel or Pixel 2 smartphone, you can use the Google Lens function to reverse the search for images. Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users can use the Bixby Vision feature to do the same.
Reverse image search on Android using mobile browsers
Many websites like TinEye (visit the website) allow you to reverse search images, but few are as versatile and popular as Google's reverse image search engine. While far from perfect, Google's reverse image search algorithm works better than most others, which shouldn't be new to anyone. However, unlike desktop browsers where you can use reverse lookup images only by visiting the local Google domain normally, using the feature on mobile devices requires changing some settings on the mobile browser. So, without further ado, let's see how to reverse search images on Android using Google Chrome:
Note: while we are using Google Chrome for the tutorial, the identical process also on Firefox.
- Open your browser and sign in to your local Google domain . Therefore touch the "Menu" button (three points) in the upper right corner, as shown in the image below.
- You will have a pop-up menu like the one in the image below. Scroll down on the menu, then locate and select "Request desktop site" . The page will automatically reload on the desktop version.
- Once you're on the desktop version of the browser, tap "Images" to go to the Google Images home page.
- On the Google Images page, touch the camera icon .
- By tapping on the camera icon you will have the option to upload an image or paste an image URL to get more information about it.
This is all folks! You can now upload an image from your Android device or paste an image URL from the network to get more information on the topic from Google.
Simple solutions for reverse image search on Android
As you can see, the reverse search of images from Android devices is a fairly simple process, regardless of whether you are using an app or a mobile browser. So, go ahead and give it a try and let us know which method seems more intuitive to you, leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.