A reverse image search is a great tool for finding the source of any image, finding the same image in better quality, ensuring that no copyright infringement is taking place, tracking locations, finding people, and whatnot. It is a technical advancement that has made the work of many people in different fields very easy. This invention has been possible because of a lot of companies. These companies have provided us with unique, different, and extremely useful reverse image search engines. In this article, we bring to you a list of reverse image search engines that are the best according to us-
Google, Yahoo, Bing
Google introduced the feature of Google Reverse Image Search in June 2011. With a huge database of all kinds of images, Google is the most widely used website made for searching images.
In order to reverse search a photo on Google, you simply have to visit Reverseimagesearch.org. You can upload a photo from your device, paste a link, or type keywords related to the photo. If you want to reverse search a photo that you find on some site, then you can long-press it, and you will get a menu from which you can choose the option ‘Search this image on Google.’ You will get navigated to a page that will display links to all the sites that will have the image that you were searching for.
Yahoo and Bing are also massive repertoires of images. Like Google, they are also completely free to use and have no image size or type restrictions. All three of these websites produce results that can be filtered based on shape, size, format, color, resolution, and other attributes. The large index of photos that Google, Yahoo, and Bing have makes it possible to get accurate results easily.
TinEye, though not very common with users currently, is the oldest and the most widely used image search engine to date. It is owned by a Toronto run company called Idee Inc. Its large index consists of at least 13.9 billion images. It allows the upload of 3 kinds of image formats- JPEG, PNG, and GIF. And only images less than or equal to 20 MB in size can be uploaded. TinEye allows up to 150 free weekly searches. Though not fluent in face recognition, TinEye is a great tool to track infringement of copyright images.
This search engine is like a Russian counterpart of Google. Yandex is completely free and easy to use. To reverse, search an image on Yandex, paste the URL on the search box, or upload the image from your device. The results you get can be filtered on the basis of their size. In case you are using the Yandex browser, you can long-click on any image and directly click on ‘Search this image on Yandex.’
This reverse image search engine tool is especially for avid Pinterest users. Pinterest Image Search, one of the most nuanced reverse image search technologies, was released in November 2015. Accessing this reverse image search engine is absolutely free. All you need is an account on Pinterest. The unique feature with this search tool is that, unlike other search engines, it allows users to search parts of images as well. You can drag your zoom tool to zoom into a particular image on Pinterest and then click on the specific part of the image that you want to search. You will see results within seconds.
KarmaDecay is a special image search engine made for Reddit enthusiasts. Though not affiliated with Reddit, this search engine is made specifically for Reddit. By doing a reverse image search on this engine, you will get results that show you which threads have used the same image. This will help you in avoiding repetition with your content. It will make you a unique Redditor.
IQDB is a unique platform that allows you to conduct an in-depth reverse image search, especially for the anime section. Once you upload the picture or type the URL, you can select from different categories- anime artworks, anime wallpapers, anime images. Only JPEG, PNG, GIF images, which are 7500 by 7500 in dimensions and 8 MB or lesser in size, can be uploaded on IQDB. The anime-specific quality of this image search engine has given it a highly impressed niche audience.
Getty Image, Shutter Stock
Getty Image and Shutter Stock are two very popular paid image search engines. They contain a plethora of unique and different kinds of images clicked by photographers from all around the world. However, all these images are copyrighted. In order to use them freely, you will have to pay the site for a royalty-free license. These sites offer licenses on a single image basis as well as on the basis of packs.