Search Google Using an Image

If you want to get more information about a particular photo, you can actually use that picture as your Google search. Google calls this "Reverse Image Search," and it can turn up similar images, website addresses that contain the photo, information on who took the photo, and more. Of course, this will work best with photos of people or objects that are likely to show up elsewhere on the web.

To do a reverse image search, go to images.google.com and click on the camera icon in the search field. If you have the link to the photo, you can enter that in the "paste image URL" field. If the photo is on your computer, click "upload an image." You can either drag the image onto the search window, or you can choose to browse to the location of the file.

If you're using Google Chrome as your web browser, you can even do a reverse image search without even leaving the website you're on. Right-click on the image, and choose "Search Google with this image." The search result will open in a new tab. Firefox will also do this, but you will have to install the "Search by Image" Firefox extension first.