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You can use Google Image Search to look for images, information about images, or visually similar images on your iPhone or iPad. You can search with keywords, with an image you found, or with an image you have saved on your device.

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How to Find an Image With Google Image Search

You can use your preferred browser or the Google app to find an image. Once you find one, you can further fine-tune the search results based on Google’s suggestions to find an appropriate image.

To get started, open Google Images Search site in Safari or Google Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. Type in words to search for any image you’d like to see.

Search anything in the Google Image Search.

Or, with the Google app, simply enter a search term and hit “Images” in the results page.

You’ll get a lot of images in the search results. On the bar between the images and search category tabs, you’ll find the tiles with relevant words related to the search term you entered. You can keep swiping left on that section till you find a suitable relevant word.

Swipe left to view more related keywords about the image search results.

When you select a suitable word, it’ll further refine the image search results.

Selecting a related keyword changes the image search results accordingly.

Tap on the Settings icon to reveal more sorting options like Lastest, GIF, HD, Product, Color options, and Usage Rights. You can pick one to tweak the results further.

Tap on "Settings" button and choose more sorting options.

How to Search With an Image From Google Search Results

If you find an image you like in the image search results, you can look for similar images using the Google Lens feature.

To do that, open the Google Images Search in your preferred app and search for an image. From the search results, tap on one of the images.

Tap on one of the images in the Google Image Search results on iPhone or iPad.

Tap on the Google Lens icon (square with a circle in it).

The selected photo will open with selection handles around the subject in the photo. You can use those handles to focus on a specific area of the photo (like some text) or the entire picture.

Move the white handles to adjust the selection and view the white section under it for similar images.

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You’ll see the search results in a dialog below the image. If you adjust your selection, the search results will change.

How to Search With a Saved Image in a Browser

If you’ve photographed or downloaded an image on your iPhone or iPad, you can use that in the Google Images Search page to look for more details or view similar images. You’ll need to open Google Images Search in the desktop view before uploading the image.

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To get started, launch the Google Images Search site in a browser on your iPhone or iPad. Then, you’ll need to open the site in its desktop version. Here’s how you can do it.

In Safari, tap the “aA” icon on the address bar, and select “Request Desktop Site” from the pop-up menu.

Tap the "aA" button in the Safari's address bar.

In Google Chrome, tap the three horizontal dots in the bottom-left corner, and select “Request Desktop Site” from the pop-up menu. Other browsers will have a similar option in the page settings.

Tap three horizontal dots in bottom-left corner, and pick "Request Desktop Site."

The Google Images Search page will appear as the desktop version in your mobile browser. Next, tap on the “Search By Image” (camera) icon.

Select "Search By Image" (camera button) next to the "Search" field.

Select the “Upload an Image” tab when the “Search By Image” box pops up.

Select "Upload an Image" tab in the "Search By Image" pop up.

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Tap on the “Choose File” button and select “Photo Library” to browse, select, and upload the photo saved on your iPhone or iPad.

Select "Choose File" button and choose "Photo Library" to open Photos for selecting an image to upload.

Once the photo uploads, Google Images Search will redirect you to a results page where you’ll see Google’s best guess based on the uploaded photo. You’ll also see similar images on the same page and the links where the similar-looking photo appears.

Search results in Google Images Search on iPhone

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How to Search With a Saved Image in Google App

You can use the Google app to search for similar images or find more details about the image saved on your iPhone or iPad.

To get started, launch the Google app on your iPhone or iPad. To the right of the “Search” field, tap the “Google Lens” button (a camera icon).

On the “Google Lens” screen, tap on the media icon at the bottom.

Tap the "Media" button on the Google Lens camera screen.

If the Google app is accessing the photo gallery for the first time, it’ll ask you to allow access to your photo library.

Tap on "Allow Access" option to select image from the "Photos" app.

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When your gallery photos appear, tap on the photo you want to use for the image search. When the selected photo appears in the Google app, tap on it.

Tap the selected image to upload it.

Google Lens will upload the image and bring up the photo with selection handles around it. You can drag those white handles to adjust the selection area.

Google Lens marks prominent areas in the upload images with white selection corners.

At the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a white section where similar images appear. Swipe up on it to view those images.

Swipe up the search results to view more similar images.

That’s it! You can use Google Search in Incognito Mode on iPhone and iPad if you want to search anonymously.

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