How to find the original source of an image you find on the Internet

by | Aug 18, 2016 | Internet

Scenario: you see a digital image on Facebook, it might be a great photo, or a digital print of a great piece of artwork you love. You want to find out more about this image.
Solution: use Google reverse image lookup.

  1. If you’re in Facebook, click the image to open it in full view.
  2. Once you see the image in full view, right-click on it, and choose open Open image in new tab. This opens the image from its source. It might look something like:, which is:
    horse art
  3. Copy the URL. You will need to click in your browser’s address bar, highlight the, right-click on this, and choose copy
    copy url
  4. Go to, or search for Google Images.
  5. Once you’re at Google Images, click on the search by image button:
    search by image
  6. Paste the image URL into the Paste Image URL box, by right-clicking inside this field and choosing Paste, then click Search by Image
  7. You will then see a list of URLs where this image has been used.
  8. With luck, you will find a result that gives credit to the original author of the image.
  9. If you click on Visually similar images, you will see search results where you can choose Search Tools, then select Large images:
    large image size