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About the reverse image search tool

This tool is designed to save time when you are doing a reverse search for images on the internet. It generates links to the major reverse image search engines: Google, Bing, Yandex, Tineye, Baidu and Sogou.

We also support specialized searches like anime image search engines and search specific sites like Reddit.

You can also find similar images to the one you are searching for in the most popular free stock photo sites like: Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, Reshot, StockSnap, ISORepublic, Burst, FreeStocks.org, Flickr and PicJumbo that are indexed by Google.

Terms of use

No illegal images are allowed to be uploaded on the server. We log the IP addresses and will report any violations to the authorities. We abide the terms of use of DigitalOcean, you can check their Acceptance Use Policy here.

We respect our users privacy and the photos you upload for reverse searching are not stored on the server longer than 24 hours and we do not write any of the information to a database. We use simple text log files that log IPs against files and are deleted daily.

We keep the images uploaded on the server for up to 24 hours and then they are deleted. If you want to store images for a longer period of time, use image hosting like Imgur.

Supported file types are: jpg, jpeg, png, gif and the file size should be up to 5MB.

We use Google Captcha V3 for spam protection and you can see Google Terms and Policies here.

How to use the reverse image search

You can either paste a URL of an image or photo from the web or upload one to our server from your computer.

Reverse Image search by HostingChecker

When you click on the Search image button the tool will load for you all the links to the major and specialized reverse photo search engines we have listed.

Scroll down, click on Check image or the generated links to open new windows, where the reverse search with the image will be ready for you.

You can do this with the similar photo searches as well.

Sometimes if you have opened the developer tools before that or the page was idle for a long time, this will trigger the Google invisible captcha. Upload or paste the link to the image again and it should load properly.

Reverse photo search on your mobile phone

Our reverse image search is web based and mobile friendly and can be used on any modern phone that has web browser and internet connection regardless of the operation system. So you can easily perform reverse photo lookup on both Android and iOS or other mobile OS.

reverse image search on mobile phone

When you tap on choose file you can choose a photo from your mobile phone or you can take a photo with your phone’s camera (this is useful if you want to find a product or a place you liked on the spot).

You can also use the pictures from your phone storage or paste a URL of an image you want to search for.

We have tested the search by photo on different android phones, iPhone, iPad, Windows phones and different tables.

Who can benefit from the reverse photo lookup?

Photographers and digital artists: you can protect your copyrights and know if someone had used your images without permission.

Web and graphic designers: you can upload a photo or image you love and find hundreds of similar images and free stock photos that you can use in your projects.

Webmasters and digital marketers: find who have used your original images and infographics and contact them to get credit for your work and backlinks to your website. Or you can see if and when an image has been posted to sites like Reddit so you are not blamed for reposting.

Regular internet users can use the reverse photo search for:

  • shopping – to find products you like in the real world and where to buy them online
  • travel – if you have seen a beautiful place and want to visit it you can find the original source and the location
  • personal safety – you can look up the photos of people you just met in your life and you are not sure weather to trust them. You can search by photo also to identify fake accounts on social media

Usage of the reverse image search

Protect copyrights and avoid plagiarism

People often copy images without attribution. You can use the combined power of the most powerful reverse image engines to find who have copied your work without permission and contact them. Then you can use our HostingChecker tool to find where the website is hosted and contact the host with DMCA claim if needed.

Find the origin of an image or a photo

If you like an image and want to use it on your website or in your work it is always best to find the original author and ask for permission to save yourself trouble and law suits. You can do that by using the reverse search engines and browse for the oldest and largest entries. This is usually the original author.

Or you can upload a photo of your pet or your favorite move star and get more information and fun facts about them.

Find fake social profiles and accounts

In the age of internet you can never be sure if the person on the other side of the computer network is who they claim to be. Weather someone is trolling you on social media or you want to check if your date is a real person, you can use the reverse photo lookup tool to check if their photos are suspicious or posted on other places. This can raise red flags and give you more data on who you are dealing with.

Find visually similar images

We have a special section under the main reverse image engines where you can use Google to limit your search to free stock photo sites and find images similar to the one you like with right to be used on your project.

This is a much better approach than just using photos you find with the main image search engines since they can be copyrighted or bought from the site to be used specifically there with a license.

This feature is useful to web and graphic designers and artists to use photos with open rights in their projects.

Find Products and Places

You can take a picture of a product you like and find e-stores that sell it or take a picture of a landscape or a place from magazine or billboard and find exactly where this is.

Reverse gif search

We support the gif format and it is supported by the majority of the image search engines. All you have to do is upload your .gif file(weather animated or not) and check the results.

A lot of the big gif platforms are moving to webp format. It is not yet supported by the big photo search companies(even by Google that push for it) and this is why we do not support this “gif” format yet. We will update the meta search once the webp gif format becomes widely supported.

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