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If you've ever wanted to know the original source of an image you've found online, or want to see all the other places a particular image appears, you need to use a reverse image search tool. Reverse image search websites and apps are a powerful way to uncover the secret history of photos online.
We've rounded up seven of the best reverse image search tools you can use today. All are free, though some may require you to register for an account or pay for premium services.
Even if you're somewhat unfamiliar with the world of reverse image search, you probably have heard of TinEye, one of the best-known and oldest tools for this job. You can search by entering the URL of an image, or perhaps somewhat easier, uploading the image. There's also a plugin for most popular browsers that lets you search images on webpages with a click.
Google has its own highly effective reverse image search, and it's built into Google Images, a website you might regularly use anyway. To use it, open Google Images in a browser and then click the Camera icon to the right of the search box. You can search by image URL, upload an image or even drag an image onto the search window. The best part is that Google's reverse image search is tightly integrated into the rest of its search features.
Bing's reverse image search is even easier to get to than Google's because the image search icon is available in the search box on the Bing home page — no need to go to the Image Search page. Click the Instagram-like Search using an image icon to use Bing's visual search. You can go to an image URL, drag an image into the window, or even take a photo using your computer or phone's camera. This is especially handy for shopping, because Bing can find similar products based on the image search.
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